In the field of Culture, the overarching objective for the EU, as set in the Treaty, is to respect its rich cultural diversity and ensure that Europe's cultural heritage is safeguarded and enhanced. Culture being mainly a competence of the Member States, the Union can only encourage cooperation between them and support or supplement their actions.
We assessed the economic, social and cultural effects of ERDF investments in cultural sites and the financial and physical sustainability of those sites. We examined the work of the Commission and assessed 27 projects from seven Member States.
The audit concluded that the current framework lacks focus and needs more coordination to ensure the effectiveness and sustainability of its ERDF investments in cultural sites.
ECA special report pursuant to Article 287(4), second subparagraph, TFEU.