Nine European nations to help restore Ukraine’s cultural sphere

The meeting of culture ministers from Central and Eastern Europe and the Baltic States took place in Lviv on 29 June.

Representatives from Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Estonia, Lithuania, Moldova, Romania and Hungary visited the country, while delegates from Latvia joined the online event, at the invitation of Oleksandr Tkachenko, Ukrainian Minister of Culture and Information Policy.

It’s according to the ministry Press servicereports Ukrinform.

Participants in the meeting included Piotr Glinski, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Culture and National Heritage of Poland; Simonas Kairys, Minister of Culture of Lithuania; Martin Baxa, Minister of Culture of the Czech Republic; Natália Milanová, Minister of Culture of the Slovak Republic; Sergiu Prodan, Minister of Culture of the Republic of Moldova; Tarvi Sits, Secretary General of the Ministry of Culture of Estonia; Diana Baciuna, State Secretary of the Ministry of Culture of Romania; Gabor Chaba, Deputy State Secretary of the Hungarian Ministry of Culture and Innovation.

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Therefore, the Ministries of Culture of the participating countries signed a joint declaration, which reflects their interests in development and cooperation. They also condemned Russia’s actions threatening Ukraine’s cultural heritage and cultural values.

“The day before yesterday, a missile hit a shopping center in Kremenchuk, where more than 20 people died, many of whom have not yet been found. We have been living in such a world for more than 120 days, and every day we hear talking not only about explosions, but also about hostilities. The country, which is in Europe, is on fire. Our cultural sites are also on fire. I am grateful to many for their understanding and for the constant support we feel. Without a doubt, friends in need are truly friends, but to win this war, we desperately need, culturally as well as militarily, the help of the civilized world for the country. is unprecedented and I am happy to state that we have common goals and have reflected this in the declaration,” said Oleksandr Tkachenko, Minister of Culture and Information Policy of Ukraine.

The common goals of the signatory countries include the protection and preservation of the cultural heritage of Ukraine as part of the cultural heritage of mankind; the protection of the cultural and media field against neocolonial propaganda and narratives; and the establishment of a common position on the international scene aimed at countering Russian aggression against Ukraine.

Among the specific measures of international partners that Ukraine expects are the support of joint projects aimed at:

  • digital transformation of cultural heritage management;
  • support for the assessment, restoration and reconstruction of destroyed and damaged cultural heritage sites, in particular in the form of cultural patronage;
  • support for institutions and specialists responsible for the protection and management of cultural heritage (museums, reserves, research centres); and
  • methodical supervision and expertise.

In addition, the document establishes

  • the creation of a special fund to support cultural heritage and media activities in Ukraine;
  • support for the presence of Ukrainian culture in European countries (publishing of Ukrainian books, museum exhibitions, music and other cultural events);
  • encourage the exchange of professional experiences – joint projects, including scientific research programs, study tours and other professional activities;
  • continue to impose or extend sanctions on Russian propagandists and TV channels that support Russia’s armed aggression against Ukraine;
  • the financial support of the Ukrainian media as the main source of news and socially necessary information during the war for Ukrainian citizens; and
  • provide Ukraine with the telecommunications equipment needed to keep critical information infrastructures usable during the war.

Helen D. Jessen