Rodolphe de Looz-Corswarem - Executive President, European Historic Houses Association
Born in Belgium, Count Rodolphe de Looz-Corswarem started up at the age of 26 by founding his own family SME. For 25 years, he has worked as an association management CEO representing major industrial confederation in Europe and international organisations. His long experience at the head of several lobbies has allowed him to get in touch with a multitude of European Commissioners and Members of Parliament and gain an excellent knowledge of the European institutions and those who count in the European decision-making process. Since 2010, he has been appointed as resident of several European organisations dedicated to the safeguarding of European cultural heritage, notably the European Historic Houses Association. He is also member of the board of many organisations such as a medical research foundation, rural SMEs interests, international business representations, etc. He studied languages and economics in Cambridge and completed an MBA at HEC Paris.
The European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018 is the fruit of decades of lobbying for the cultural heritage sector
The European Commission has invited European lawmakers to designate 2018 as the European Year of Cultural Heritage and right now the European Parliament and Council of the European Union are discussing the exact terms on which they will do this. This is a major victory for the cultural heritage sector and a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for us to show our combined social, economic and environmental impact on society. For years, culture in general, and specifically cultural heritage, and their role in the European project have been overlooked by European politicians and law-makers, but now this has fortunately begun to change for the better.
- The European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018 is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to show the social, economic and environmental impact of cultural heritage and privately owned historic houses in particular
- Quantified facts, based on impact assessments are key to the lobbying campaign leading up this year, for example from the Cultural Heritage Counts for Europe report
- The role of the younger generation is another crucial aspect in any initiative employed today, therefore we have started the so-called NextGen Group, a group of young owners of privately owned historic houses or successors who are looking to manage them in the near future as well as SMEs and entrepreneurs active in this field.