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Migrating Heritage

The coda discusses those areas in which new strategies and cultural policies are in the view most urgently needed, in order to integrate cultural policies and cultural practices for networking and cultural dialogue. For European Union officials, this means supporting the setting up of a workable European-wide framework and an operational toolkit for cultural networking. For museum, library and cultural institution professionals, this means having the possibility of joining a trusted decentralised network, in which they could make their voices heard and join forces with peers and other cultural institutions. The European project is facing a severe financial crisis its future sustainability is under discussion and historical unity seems to be primarily found in commemorations such as that of the centenary of the First World War and the cultural heritage of war. Cultural institutions are capable of adopting a dynamic and holistic notion of heritage, working across European borders and domains with renewed strategies and synergies for networking and cooperation.