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Main actors on cultural heritage: Cultural Heritage stakeholders

cultural heritage main actors

Key cultural heritage stakeholders

Europa Nostra

Europa Nostra is a pan-European network of 250 member organisations and 150 associated organisations that aims to safeguard Europe's cultural and natural heritage.


Europeana is Europe’s digital platform. Its mission is to empower the cultural heritage sector in its digital transformation.

Network of National Museum Organisations (NEMO)

NEMO represents the museum community of the member states of the Council of Europe. Together, NEMO’s members speak for over 30,000 museums across Europe.

International Council of Museums (ICOM)

ICOM is committed to the research, conservation, continuation and communication to society of the world’s natural and cultural heritage.

International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS)

ICOMOS is a non-governmental international organisation dedicated to the conservation of the world's monuments and sites.

International Centre for the Study of the Preservations and Restorations of Cultural Property (ICCROM)

ICCROM is an intergovernmental organisation working to promote the conservation of all forms of cultural heritage.

ASSOCIATION des Centres Culturels de Rencontre (ACCR Europe)

The ACCR initiates and coordinates collective activities to ensure the synergy of its members’ projects and to give them a wider resonance. As heritage sites dedicated to innovative artistic, cultural and scientific projects, the network’s members are heavily involved in the promotion of the cultural sector, in education, and in issues of regional development.

Architects' Council of Europe

Architects' Council of Europe is a non-profit organisation dedicated to promoting appreciation and quality of architecture. It fosters sustainable building principles, cross-border cooperation schemes and policy awareness actions.

Culture Action Europe

Culture Action Europe is an organisation that promotes culture and disseminates information on European policies and legislation that have an impact on the cultural development of European societies. It is also a platform to exchange, convey and publish ideas and debates on European policies.


Civilscape is an international federation that dedicates its work to landscape protection, management and planning.

European Music Council

European Music Council is an umbrella organisation for musical life in Europe, advocating for the societal and political significance of musical diversity in Europe.

European network on cultural management and policy (ENCATC)

ENCATC is the European network on cultural management and policy.

European Route of Industrial Heritage (ERIH)

ERIH is the tourism information network of industrial heritage in Europe, representing more than 1,000 sites in 43 European countries.

European Regions Research and Innovation Network (ERRIN)

ERRIN is a platform of more than 125 regional stakeholder organisations from 22 European countries. It focuses on research and innovation policy, funding programmes and project development.

European Union National Institutes for Culture (EUNIC)

EUNIC is the European network of organisations engaging in cultural relations.


Eurocities is the network of major European cities.

European Heritage Volunteers

European Heritage Volunteers is an organisation active in heritage-related volunteering. Its main objective is to establish links between the fields of heritage and volunteering through practical hands-on projects and educational activities.

European Historic Houses Association

This umbrella association covers 24 national associations of privately owned historic houses. Its main goal is to raise awareness and advocate about private cultural heritage.

European Landowner's Organisation (ELO)

ELO is committed to promoting a sustainable and prosperous countryside and to increasing awareness relating to environmental and agricultural issues.

Federation for European Storytelling

Federation of European Storytelling endorses storytelling as performing art. It aims to develop quality, artistry, documentation, mobility and professional competences, and to apply this discipline to other cultural and social sectors.

Future for Religious Heritage (FRH)

FRH is the European non-religious and non-profit network committed to conserving, protecting and promoting religious heritage.

European Cultural Heritage Information Network (HEREIN)

Developed within the Council of Europe, HEREIN brings together European public administrations in charge of national cultural heritage policies and strategies to form a unique co-operation network in the domain of Cultural Heritage.

ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability

ICLEI is a global network of local and regional governments committed to sustainable urban development.

Interpret Europe

Interpret Europe is a European platform for cooperation and exchange, especially on research and education.

Michael Culture Association (MCA)

MCA is a European trans-domain network devoted to European Digital Cultural Heritage promotion and valorisation.

Performing Arts Employers Association League Europe (PEARLE)

PEARLE is the voice of music, performing arts and live performance organisations.

Cultural Heritage networks

Creative Europe Networks are supported by the Creative Europe programme. Some of these communities are active on the field of Cultural Heritage.

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Horizon 2020 networks and platforms, such as the NETCHER project. NETwork and social platform for Cultural Heritage Enhancing and Rebuilding gathers actors engaged in cultural preservation in order to build a European information network and a chart of good practices against trafficking and looting of cultural goods.