SERVICE DES SITES ET MONUMENTS NATIONAUX
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Born in 1967, Patrick Sanavia graduated in law from the university of Robert Schuman, Strasbourg. He is a former member of the Bar.
Then, as a legal counsellor for the Ministry of Culture, Higher Education and Research, Patrick Sanavia was president of the advisory committee on the status of the professional independent artist and member of different boards (Cultural centre Abbey of Neumünster, Renovation fund for the old city of Luxembourg, Philharmonic orchestra of Luxembourg, etc.). Between 2007 and 2010, Patrick Sanavia chaired the Commission of Sites and National Monuments. He is government commissioner for the castles of Beaufort and Bourscheid. Since 2008, Patrick Sanavia is director of Service des sites et monuments nationaux (SSMN). This cultural institute acts as the contracting authority for state built heritage. The SSMN currently manages more than 100 projects over about sixty historic and industrial sites.
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.