In Brief Nr.2 authors reviewed the prevailing cultural policies and found that cultural heritage is among top priorities in all six countries. In fact, caring about built heritage appears to be the most important common cultural policy objective in these countries. Seen in the same perspective, the issue of intangible cultural heritage, its preservation and revival, is also considered to be a primary policy aim in all six countries.
In the third Observatory brief the experts gathered comprehensive information from the six countries that include:
- involvement of Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine in the European Cultural Routes;
- winners of the European Union Prize for Cultural Heritage;
- lists of the world heritage items in the 6 countries.
Key findings from the brief:
- In 2018, the 28 members of the European Union celebrate the shared cultural heritage in the frame of a dedicated European Year. To date there is information about the intention to join the initiative only from Ukraine.
- At present the six countries are represented on the world heritage list with seventeen items. With two early exceptions, all cases were submitted after gaining independence.
- The activities about the exploration, preservation and highlighting of the intangible domain of national cultural heritage is very intensive in the six countries, taken also in international comparison.
- With the latest increase there are now 24 items from the six countries on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.
- The 24 entries correspond to a mean of 4.0, which is roughly equivalent of the same average of 41 countries in Europe.