Democratic governance

We believe in diversity as a force for democracy and encourage dialogue as a means of building peace.


Our vision reflects the values of a democratic, dynamic, integrated and creative European society.


We strive towards a Europe where the diversity of cultures, the arts, and cultural and natural heritage are essential to the development of a genuine openness of mind and basic rights, and where open and interactive processes and practices of culture encompass different elements that combine to help us deal with the complexities of living with ourselves and one another. (more...)


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3rd Council of Europe Platform Exchange on Culture and Digitisation "Culture 4D: Digitisation, Data, Disruptions, Diversity"

The 3rd Council of Europe Platform Exchange on Culture and Digitisation will be held in Tallinn on 29-30 September 2016, in the framework of the Estonian Presidency of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe (May-November 2016). Hosted by the Estonian Government, its title is “Culture 4D: Digitisation, Data, Disruptions, Diversity”.  Convinced that the opportunities arising from the new digital environment should be used to reinforce access to and participation in open culture, thereby strengthening democracy, the Platform exchange will examine in detail some of the challenges and the potential contributions of big data in the cultural field. (more...) [05/09/2016]


Meeting in Venice on the Framework Convention on the Value of Cultural Heritage for Society (the Faro Convention), 22-23 September 2016

Various member States, local and national Italian stakeholders, international experts, Mrs Luisella Pavan-Woolfe (Director of the Council of Europe Office in Venice) and Mrs Antonia Pasqua Recchia (Secretary General of the Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities and Tourism) participated in a meeting in Venice to discuss good practice examples of how member States can implement the principles of the Faro Convention. (more...) [26/09/2016]


Three new member States for the EPA on Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe

The Enlarged Partial Agreement on Cultural Routes (EPA) welcomed three new member States so for this year: Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Georgia recently acceded to EPA, which now comprises 27 member states. Poland and Finland requested Observer status during 2016 with a view to a possible future accession in 2017. Following the EPA Governing Board (April 2016), the Fortified Towns of the Greater Region network was certified, becoming the 32nd Cultural Route of the Council of Europe. (more...) [15/09/2016]


Annual meeting of the Intercultural Cities coordinators - Reykjavik, 15-16 September 2016

The annual meeting of the Intercultural Cities (ICC) coordinators brought together the representatives of the 100 cities that are member of the ICC programme for an exchange on front-line challenges linked to the present migratory situation, as well as for building bilateral and multilateral connections, undertaking common initiatives, and further developing urban policies that fit in the promotion of inclusive integration. (more...) [07/09/2016]


Social innovation for refugee inclusion, Brussels, 12-13 September 2016

Following the significant increase of asylum applications in Europe and the humanitarian concerns that have arisen in some countries the European Council of Refugees and Exiles (ECRE), in partnership with the American embassy in Brussels (section EU), and the Council of Europe and its network of Intercultural cities, organised a seminar on social innovation for the integration and inclusion of refugees. (more...) [15/09/2016]

FOCUS: Cultural heritage

European Heritage Days 2016: Celebrating the people behind the places

As custodians of local traditions, histories and values, Heritage Communities are the living transmission of Europe’s cultural richness. Under the pan-European theme of “Heritage and Communities”, this year’s EHD events will bring together 50 European countries in a celebration of citizens’ roles in promoting and sharing common European heritage. Throughout Europe, more than 50000 national and local events, many of them free of charge, will celebrate Europe’s true treasure – its communities and the people behind the places. Museums, galleries, historic archives, libraries and many other places will be brought into the spotlight to encourage active participation in heritage conservation and interpretation. (more...) [15/09/2016]


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