MINISTRY OF CULTURE – DEPARTMENT OF CULTURAL HERITAGE
In 1985 Vidmantas Bezaras graduated from the Vilnius University, Faculty of Natural Sciences (geography, specialization in landscape geography). Since December 2018 he is working at the Department of Cultural Heritage under the Ministry of Culture in the position of Director.
Vidmantas Bezaras has a long working experience in the field of Protected areas and Landscape protection previously working in the leading positions at the Ministry of Environment. He has extensive experience of interinstitutional cooperation and team work as a member or chief of more than 30 interinstitutional commissions or working groups: in the fields of environmental protection, cultural heritage, forestry, tourism, transport, agriculture, science, long-term work of UNESCO National Commission, Lithuanian Tourism Council, Ethnic Culture Protection Council other organizations. Vidmantas Bezaras is the author of more than 20 publications on landscape, geography, tourism and protected areas.
A little bit of history
A European Heritage Summit was first organized in London on 26–28 April 2006 by Dr. Simon Thurley, former Chief Executive Officer of English Heritage. The mission of the Summit was to gather for the first time the European cultural heritage leaders who had the opportunity to exchange their experience and initiate common actions. It was attended by 23 European states which agreed in the Final Statement to continue to meet annually as a forum of European heritage heads, known as the “European Heritage Heads Forum”. Future hosting countries are chosen by general agreement at the annual meeting.