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1992, III European Conference of Ministers responsible for the cultural heritage (Valletta, Malta): 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, IVth European Conference of Ministers responsible for the cultural heritage (Helsinki, Finland): The Ministers 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 Fourth Framework Programme (FP4) for Research and Technological Development of the European Commission

2001: Vth European Conference of Ministers responsible for cultural heritage (Portoroz, Slovenia): The Ministers requested to permanently establish HEREIN as a structure in the Council of Europe providing core data and experience in the management of the cultural heritage (Res. N°2).

2002: Funding of HEREIN by the Fifth Framework Programme (FP5) of the European Commission in order to strengthen the dissemination of HEREIN projects’ 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 website on European Heritage Policies is launched with the contributions of numerous countries.

2015: VIth European Conference of Ministers responsible for the cultural heritage (Namur, Belgium): the Ministers recalled the usefulness of databases, knowledge bases and institutional  networks (such as HEREIN) for a Strategy redefining the place and role of cultural heritage in Europe as a necessary response to the current challenges in the light of the changing European socio-economic and cultural context. (Guidelines for the European Cultural Heritage Strategy for the 21st century).

2016: Two first thematic groups are launched.

2018: A revised HEREIN website is published.