A group of organisations from different European countries concerned with the future of Atlantic Wall heritage met in the city of Caen in 2016 to discuss the opportunities of greater European collaboration with similar organizations across Europe on key policy issues. Five coordination meetings between interested parties to found a more integrated cooperation followed in 2017: two in Ostend/Raversyde, one in Brussels, one in The Hague and one in Caen/Douvres-la-Délivrande.
All parties present at these meetings agreed that there is a strong wish to educate European generations on history, to collaborate in order to do so and share knowledge, to develop a European network in order to improve communication on the Atlantic Wall, ethical heritage and today’s relevance of Atlantic Wall heritage, to help protect military heritage, to assess opportunities in Europe and elsewhere and to look towards added value for all members, either on an educational, cultural, environmental or touristic level.
Together it was decided that a candidature for the Creative Europe call ‘small cooperation agreement’ for the European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018 was to be set up.
A new European network will be established: Atlantikwall Europe, a European cooperation for sites and organizations interested or working in Atlantic Wall and citizenship issues.