40 million euros is the fund that the European Union has given for the heritage in Albania. The castle, church, museum and Puppet Theater will be restored.
Mario Mariani, Head of Cooperation at the European Union Delegation to Albania, reveals details in an interview with News24. The EU intervention is a message, according to him, that Albanian culture is the culture of Europe.
The EU project follows allegations that the Puppet Theater could collapse due to demolition. Funding is provided after the November 2019 earthquake under the "EU for Culture" program. Mario Mariani said that the work starts with the restoration of the mosaic of the National Museum. "Part of the EU for Culture project are also the castle of Lezha, the castle of Bashtova, the Ethnographic Museum in Kruja and Kavaja, the church of Rodon and the church of Rubik, etc."
Mariani, when asked if the intervention is an EU message, said that “yes, it is an EU message. We want to help Albania and its cultural heritage. When Albania is part of the EU, this heritage will be the cultural heritage of the European Union. You mentioned the use of these sites and let me say that we have cooperated with local municipalities and institutions for the selections made and how they want these monuments to be after the restoration intervention ”.
Mariani spoke about the criteria on which the selection of monuments was made and also responded to the interest in the criteria for restoration, for which our country has had debates, given that there have been restorations that for specialists have undone the legacy.
"The companies that will work will be licensed and controlled. "Their work will be continuously monitored," he said.