14 February, 2007
Culture Minister George Voulgarakis announced on Tuesday that an indication will be placed at the Acropolis on March 26 that this emblem of Greek cultural heritage will be proclaimed the top monument on the European Heritage Monuments List being prepared. He was speaking here at the end of the informal meeting of European Union culture ministers.
The theme of the informal council was "The economy of culture", meaning economic activity about culture that produces income and jobs and constitutes a new dimension.
"We are still at the beginning. It is a policy in the making," Voulgarakis told Greek reporters, underlining the different starting points of rapprochement between countries whose "cultural" interests concern, for example, a developed cinema industry and others, such as Greece, whose "heavy artillery" of cultural interests lies in the utilisation of their cultural heritage.
The Greek minister also referred to the European Heritage Monuments List being prepared, that was scheduled recently at the initiative of France, Spain and Hungary and was supported by Greece, stressing that the ultimate aim of the undertaking is its inclusion in a programme of the European Union to enable funds to be found for the preservation of monuments.
Source: Athens News Agency