BS Europe Meeting

BS Europe Meeting

SECOND CIRCULAR, on behalf of BS Austria and BS Belgium

on the Second European Blue Shield Meeting in BRUSSELS and Session at the EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT on the occasion of 20th anniversary of the
1999 Second Protocol to the 1954 Hague Convention. At the closing session of last year’s initial Blue Shield meeting in Brussels the representatives of the national committees have voted for a subsequent meeting in 2019. This will be held on:

Sunday, 3 November 2018, noon, to Tuesday, 5 November 2019, noon.

We are convinced that the European Blue Shield meeting shall continue to serve also as an opportunity for us as cultural heritage experts to meet with Members of European Parliament in Brussels.

  • Our last year’s host, Mrs. Sabine Verheyen, MEP (G), has been elected chairwomen of the Parliamentary Committee on Culture and Education. We have asked her to host us again.
  • The president of Blue Shield International, KARL VON HABSBURG, will again join us for the upcoming meeting at Brussels.

Draft Programme

Sunday, November 3

SUNDAY, 3 November

Venue: rally point for the City Hall, Grand Place (Grote Markt, Grande place), Brussels

3:00 pm: Visite of the Grand Place by Dr. Philippe Sosnowska, archaeologist, and post-doctoral researcher at the Université Libre de Bruxelles, collaborating with the Archaeological Service of the Brussels-Capital Region

5:00 pm: Visit of the Brussels City Museum
(Grand Place / Grote Markt / Grande place) Organized by the City of Brussels, with the focus on the protection and preservation measurements (registration required!)

6:15 pm: Reception organized by FARO (Flemish interface centre for cultural heritage)
Venue: building De Priem, Priemstraat 51 (51, rue du Poinçon), Brussels (a few minutes’ walk from the Grand Place (registration required!)

Monday, November 4

MONDAY, 4 November

Venue: Auditorium, Royal Institute for Cultural Heritage (KIK-IRPA), Parc du Cinquantenaire, 1 B-1000 Brussels.
The entrance to the Institute is on the Renaissancelaan = Avenue de la Renaissance, opposite no. 42. You can enter this address in your GPS.

Registration: 20 EUR (to pay cash) includes coffee breaks and one lunch.

9:00 Registration with coffee

9:30 SESSION 1
Welcome by H. De Clercq, Director KIK-IRPA
Notes by Friedrich Schipper and Christine Ceulemans
Message by the President of Blue Shield Belgium
Message by the President of Blue Shield International
Report and Workshop by Peter Stone, Blue Shield International (90 minutes)

12:00 Lunch break

1:00 SESSION 2
Reports by National Committees
Report and Workshop by Friedrich Schipper, Johannes Göllner, and Viliam Zathurecky (Zentrum für Risiko- und Krisenmanagement Wien and Masaryk University Brno) on the EU framework programme for research and Innovation Horizon 2020
– presentation of the new Horizon 2020 project SHELTER
– How to join forces for a Blue Shield research proposal?

3:00 Coffee break

4:00 KIK-IRPA: Visit of restoration workshops Textile and Painting and the digitization project for the photo archives with focus on preservation and protection.

Tuesday, November 5
– 10 a.m. Roundtable/Workshop: MEP ret. Daniel DALTON (UK) and MEP ret. Karl von Habsburg (AT): The European Parliament – interacting with MEPs and lobbying for cultural heritage
– 12 a.m. Lunch break
– 2 p.m. Session at the European Parliament: CULT committee: Meet and discuss with MEP Sabine VERHEYEN (DE), CULT-Chairperson and MEP Dace MELBĀRDE (LV), CULT-Vice-Chairperson other MEPs may join at short notice

– please, feel encouraged to contact, inform and invite your own national MEPs

4 p.m. end of programme

Confirm your interest and participation in this meeting asap by sending a short message to


Thanks to Blue Shield Belgium, especially to Christina Ceulemans, we are able to offer you a Special rate for accommodation again. Brussels Booking Desk is the official housing company associated with the “Blue Shield Meeting” in Brussels. Reservations can be made online, with instant booking confirmation. The specially reduced rates expire on Monday, October 7th, 2019.

Need assistance ?
Cédric Devos, Accommodation Consultant, Brussels Booking Desk
Call: 0032 476 066 750

Please note: Brussels Booking Desk is the only official housing company associated with “Blue Shield Meeting”. While other hotel resellers may contact you to offer accommodation for your trip, they are not endorsed by, or affiliated with the event and entering into financial agreements with such companies can have costly consequences.

Brussels Booking Desk is a free service of, Brussels Hotels Association and Brussels’ Chamber of Commerce.

See you in Brussels,
Blue Shield Austria and Blue Shield Belgium

For all queries, please contact Friedrich Schipper, BS Austria –

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