EU Readiness Package
Over the past few months, E-FAITH, the European Federation of Associations of Industrial and Technical Heritage, was able to take part in the European project 'Genius Loci'. This was co-financed by the European Commission through the COSME program. It aimed to promote the safeguarding, interpretation and presentation to a larger public and tourists of the industrial and technical heritage of SMEs, Small and Medium Size Enterprises. It had partners in Italy, Hungary, Spain, Malta, Belgium,...
SMEs always played a fundamental role in the economic development of the European regions, and contributed greatly to social and technical environment. They still do. Many of them were - and still are - pioneers in their sector. Or they produce unique products for a niche market.
When we think and talk about ‘industrial heritage’, however we neglect and forget their role too often. Industrial heritage should not, and certainly not in the first place, have to do with large-scale industries such as coal mines or steelworks, but has to pay attention to the countless and so representative small businesses, active in cities and in the countryside. They determined the lives, habits and behavior of millions of men and women across Europe.