EU Launches EUR 40m Programme to Rehabilitate Albania’s Culture Heritage after Eearthquake

The new EU4Culture programme was signed on Tuesday between the EU Ambassador to Albania Luigi Soreca and UNOPS Director of Vienna Multi-Country Office Freya Von Groote, in the presence of Prime Minister Edi Rama, Minister of Culture Elva Margariti and Minister of reconstruction Arben Ahmetaj, to revitalise the earthquake-affected cultural heritage sites and monuments in Albania, said a press release made available by the press office of EU Delegation in Tirana.
The EUR 40 million EU4Culture programme seeks to remediate the effect of the earthquake through the reconstruction, rehabilitation and valorisation of the Albanian cultural heritage damaged by the earthquake. It aims to achieve their revitalisation, contributing to Albania’s socio-economic recovery by improving Albania’s potential for tourism.

On the occasion of the signing ceremony, EU Ambassador to Albania Luigi Soreca said: “EU4Culture is one of the largest ever cultural heritage programmes designed by the European Union in terms of number of monuments and of funds involved. Helping preserve Albania’s heritage is an economic chance, a common responsibility, but also a moral and historical duty towards previous and future generations of Europeans.” /