European Heritage Policies


What is HEREIN?

HEREIN was established by the Council of Europe at the request of the Member States to take stock of the changes in legislation and practices in the participating countries and provide a forum for pooling and sharing information on cultural heritage.

Responding to the specific requests made by Member States at the several Conferences of Ministers responsible for Cultural Heritage, HEREIN is a means of monitoring the implementation of the four Council of Europe Cultural Heritage Conventions:

Made up of 44 Member States, HEREIN is overseen by the Steering Committee for Culture, Heritage and Lansdcape [CDCPP], responsible for monitoring the Council of Europe programmes and activities and ensuring its compliance with the standards and principles of the Organisation in the field of the heritage.

Besides, structures around a database of European heritage policies, a network of 46 national coordinators and a unique multilingual thesaurus on heritage, HEREIN serves to monitor current trends and challenges for the benefit if the various competent institutions. HEREIN also facilitates cooperation between public administrations through the exchanges, development and dissemination of good practices.

Finally, HEREIN enables the Council of Europe to fulfil its obligations regarding the monitoring of Conventions and cooperation with its Member States in the field of heritage. The project aims at fostering the implementation of heritage projects which are able to improve citizen’s quality of life and living environment.


1992, III European Conference of Ministers responsible for the cultural heritage (Valletta): the Ministers supported the idea to “compile and manage a periodically updated European directory of heritage policies providing a useful means of recording trends in the various countries” (Res. N°3).

1996, The  IVth European Conference of Ministers responsible for the cultural heritage (Helsinki)  asked for the creation of a permanent information system addressed to the national authorities and the professionals of the sector (Res. N°1 and 2).

1998: Funding of HEREIN by the IVth Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development of the European Commission.

2001: Vth European Conference of Ministers responsible for cultural heritage (Portoroz): The Ministers requested to permanently establish HEREIN (Res. N°2).

2002: Funding of HEREIN by the Fifth Framework Programme (FP5) of the European Commission aiming at strengthening the dissemination of the HEREIN project's results to Newly Associated States (NAS).

2005: HEREIN sees its role and potential contribution increased by the Council of Europe Framework Convention on the Value of the Cultural heritage for Society

2010, Creation of the International Association of European Heritage Network (HEREIN AISBL) through the initiative of the heritage responsible from 7 Member States (Belgium, Finland, France, Greece, Slovenia, Switzerland and UK)

2014: The HEREIN System for the European Heritage Policies is launched.