By decree of the President of the Republic dated 2 December and on the proposal of the Minister of Culture and Communication, Eric Gross was appointed Director of the National Heritage Institute, renewing his mandate.

Since December 2008, Eric Gross has been pursuing an innovative and
in the field of training for curators and
heritage restorers, strengthening the Institute’s relationship with
other university stakeholders. He also developed the expertise of the INP
international cooperation: partnerships with the museum
Bardo de Tunis, regular reception of conservators and restaurateurs
expertise and support in the aftermath of the
L'Aquila (Italy) in 2009, contribution to the Louvre Abu Dhabi project.

This dynamic resulted in the creation, in 2010, of a
integrated preparatory for the competition of the curators and in September
2011 by a reform of national and territorial
heritage custodians. The INP has also joined the
research and higher education, which is currently
project of excellence «Paris Novi Mundi University» of which are
Paris I Panthéon Sorbonne University, the
Conservatoire national des arts et métiers (CNAM), l'Ecole des hautes
studies in social sciences (EHESS) and the Ecole supérieure de commerce
of Paris (ESCP). Finally, the director initiated a doctoral project in
conservation and restoration sciences and promoted the
collaboration with other research stakeholders within the Ministry
Culture and Communication: the Centre for Research and
Restoration of the Museums of France (C2RMF) and the Research Laboratory
of Historical Monuments.

The Minister commends the work done under his leadership by all the
staff of the National Heritage Institute, in the service of training
to the heritage sector and the influence of our expertise and
know-how. He hopes that these guidelines will be reinforced in the
in order to strengthen the attractiveness of these businesses, which are
core of our heritage policies, but also to strengthen the
scientific requirements of these professions while adapting them to the challenges
of the 21st century. In this perspective,
the minister will shortly send to Eric Gross a new letter of
mission specifying the priority orientations of its mandate.