A major conference entitled “Heritage First! Towards a Common Approach for a Sustainable Europe” was organised by the Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Sports in the framework of the Greek EU Presidency.

The event was held at the Byzantine and Christian Museum of Athens on 6 March 2014 and at the Acropolis Museum, Athens on 7-8 March 2014. The aim of the conference was to stress the decisive and distinct contribution of cultural heritage to sustainable economic and social development, with a view to enhancing the potential of cultural heritage as a key resource for delivering the objectives of the EU 2020 strategy.