NATIONAL MONUMENTS BOARD
EHHF 2009 THE HERITAGE STIMULUS IN A TIME OF ECONOMIC RECESSION
Born in 1954 in Slovakia, Katarína Kosová graduated in history of art and ethnology from Masaryk University (Czech Republic) in 1978.
She successively obtained a doctorate degree in history of art in 1981. Katarína Kosová started her career as a specialist in the State Restoration Ateliers (works of fine art, polychrome wooden sculpture and wall-painting) where she became director in 1990. She was then appointed director general of the Slovak Institute of Monuments Preservation in 1998. After a restructuring plan of the Institute, she became director general of the new Monuments Board of the Slovak Republic in 2002. At the European level, Katarína Kosová has been a member of the experts group for skills and crafts in cultural heritage for the Council of Europe. She also plays an active role in the Slovak UNESCO Commission and ICOMOS Committee among others.
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.