Globally, the Cultural Heritage Agency of the Netherlands (Rijksdienst voor het Cultureel Erfgoed, RCE) works closely with a wide range of foreign partners active in the field of heritage. These collaborations are rooted in international treaties, policies and networks.

Partner nations in the International Cultural Policy

The International Cultural Policy 2021-2024 (ICB) is a shared responsibility of the ministries of Education, Culture and Science and Foreign Affairs. Dutch embassies play a connecting and supporting role in ICB-related activities in 24 specific countries: Australia, Belgium (Flanders), Brazil, China, Egypt, France, Germany, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Morocco, Poland, Russia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sri Lanka, Suriname, Turkey, Ukraine, the United Kingdom and the United States.

The ICB is implemented jointly by the RCE (through its International Heritage Cooperation programme), the National Archives, international expertise and network organization DutchCulture, the Dutch Centre for Intangible Cultural Heritage (KIEN), Eye Film Museum and Het Nieuwe Instituut. Its activities are financed through the national public cultural funds, such as the Mondriaan Fund and the Cultural Participation Fund.

International heritage organizations

RCE experts are active in a variety of international organizations, including the European Heritage Heads Forum (EHHF), the European Archaeological Council (EAC), the European Heritage Label (EHL), UNESCO World Heritage, the International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property (ICCROM), the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) and the International Council of Museums (ICOM).

Other partnerships

The RCE also works closely with DutchCulture and the Heritage Platform of cultural advocacy organization Kunsten ’92. And there are contacts related to the EU Urban Agenda with the FGM, a federation of Dutch local authorities with a large number of monuments in their areas. Interdepartmental cooperation and exchange are important as well. We cooperate regularly with the ministries of the Interior and Kingdom Relations (BZK), Defence, Economic Affairs and Climate (EZK) and Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality (LNV), amongst others.