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Policy Labs #1

Preserving Cultural Heritage

in Ukraine

30 November—2 December 2022,

Policy Labs are quarterly seminars and brainstorming sessions focusing on Ukrainian culture-driven recovery and cultural policies. Their objective is in line with the Vision for Ukraine 2030, where Ukraine is an “active participant of global cultural processes and a space for joint action for the implementation of bold ideas,” and where, moreover, “culture is the basis and wealth of a sustainable, united society of free, responsible, creative and happy people.” The Culture Policy Labs are organised by ERSTE Foundation in Vienna. The first Lab was a pilot initiative to test the format and draw recommendations pertaining to Ukrainian cultural heritage and its protection in times of war and beyond. The leading objective was to look at cultural heritage management through the lenses of current risks and future opportunities for protection that are in accordance with international law, effective national policymaking, public-private partnerships, sustainable investment, decentralisation and citizen engagement, as well as European integration.


#1Public Policy and Cultural Heritage

The session’s objective was to recognise the role of public authorities in safeguarding cultural heritage and the areas requiring priority attention in terms of legislative actions, including law enforcement. The participants also looked at the path toward successful decentralisation, the role of cities and cultural institutions, and the private sector.

#2Models for the Management and Financing of Cultural Heritage Activities

The first objective of Day 2 – identifying challenges and solutions to effective financing of cultural heritage preservation – was realised with the help of experts from the CMS International Law Firm: Gregor Famira, Maria Orlyk, and Taras Chernikov. The experts highlighted Ukrainian cases pertaining to Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs) and the Concession system, along with the dangerous consequences of the current regulations, which include bad practices in monument restoration.

#3Cultural Heritage and Citizen Involvement – Strengthening Democracy

The second objective of Day 2 – understanding the mechanisms of community engagement and building citizen-centred democracy – also benefited from an expert intervention in the form of a panel discussion. The panellists represented two awarded community-based projects.


Konstantin Akinsha

Founding director at the Russian Avant-Garde Research Project and guest curator at Ludwig Museum of Contemporary Art, Hungary/Ukraine

Slava Balbek

CEO at balbek bureau architecture and interior design studio, Ukraine

Yana Barinova

Project manager for European and Ukrainian policies at ERSTE Foundation, International Development Director at viennacontemporary, Austria/Ukraine

Gorana Barišić-Bačelic

Director at Fortress of Culture in Šibenik, Croatia

Harald Binder

Founder at Center for Urban History of East Central Europe in L’viv and Jam Factory Art Center (to be opened in 2023), UK/Ukraine

Taras Chernikov

Attorney at law at CMS Reich-Rohrwig Hainz in Kyiv, Ukraine

Kateryna Chueva

Deputy Minister of Culture and Information Policy of Ukraine

Gregor Famira

Partner at CMS Reich-Rohrwig Hainz, Austria

Martin Fritz

Secretary General of the Austrian Commission for UNESCO, Austria

Anna Gnoińska

Chairwoman of the Council at the March8 Foundation, Poland

Natalia Gnoińska

Founder at the March8 Foundation, Poland

Maciej Hofman

Independent consultant and advisor at the European Cultural Foundation, Poland/The Netherlands

Olha Honchar

Director at the Memorial Museum of Totalitarian Regimes, Territory of Terror, Ukraine

Kateryna Kovalchuk

Cultural manager and founder, Head of programmes and projects at Kovalska Industrial and Construction Group, Ukraine

Boris Marte

CEO of ERSTE Foundation, Austria

Hugues Mingarelli

Diplomat, EU Ambassador to Ukraine in 2016-2019, France

Maria Orlyk

Managing partner at CMS Reich-Rohrwig Hainz in Kyiv, Ukraine

Olga Sagaidak

Representative of the Ukrainian Institute in France, France/Ukraine

Oleksandr Shevchenko

Founder at ReStart Ukraine NGO and Zvidsy Urban Agency, Ukraine

Veronika Seleha

Curator at NGO Barrier-free, Ukraine

Katya Taylor

Curator and founder at Port Creative Hub space, Austria/Ukraine

Mariana Tomyn

Director of the Department of Cultural Heritage of the Ministry of Culture and Information Policy of Ukraine

Tímea Szőke

Programme director at KÉK-Contemporary Architecture Centre in Budapest, Hungary

Olena Zabrodska

Senior legal expert of the Ukrainian Art Ecosystem Legal Research project, Belgium/Ukraine

Hnat Zabrodsky

Head of legal operations at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) NGO and the Pavilion of Culture CF, Ukraine


Philippe Kern

Founder and managing director at KEA European Affairs, Belgium

Aleksandra Ćwik-Mohanty

Senior Consultant at KEA European Affairs, Belgium