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Reviewing cultural policy in Serbia

Upon request of the Minister of Culture of the Republic of Serbia, Mr Ivan Tasovac, a Council of Europe expert team met with national specialists on 12-13 November to jointly study the country’s cultural policy system, with a focus on the contemporary and performing arts sector. An analytical report with policy recommendations will become available in Spring 2015. [17/11/2014]

Cultural policy review programme


The Diversity Advantage Challenge

The Diversity Advantage Challenge challenge will help understand better the conditions under which diversity generates innovation and the do’s and don’ts of the process. It is a contest for the best real-life stories of the successful involvement of people of different cultural backgrounds in the design of innovative products, services, policies, projects and initiatives. The stories should illustrate how it is possible to harness cultural diversity to the benefit of businesses, organisations and communities. On 27 November, the jury of the "Diversity advantage challenge" has pre-selected 15 finalists between the 63 applications received. (more...) [01/12/2014]


Meeting of the Scientific Committee of the European Academic Network on Romani Studies

The meeting was scheduled to review the project’s achievements, decide on the Network’s future after the joint programme’s term in May 2015, and to exchange with the Special Representative of the Secretary General on Roma Issues on the Roma-related work in the CoE and the RAN’s contribution to it. The Scientific Committee adopted an action plan until May 2015, decided to transfer the Network’s database of experts and resources to the University of Manchester after the project’s term, selected 6 workshop proposals for funding, and prepared for a final showcase event in conjunction with the last SC meeting (April 2015, Strasbourg). [17/11/2014]



The Council of Europe Cultural Routes Advisory Forum

The Council of Europe Cultural Routes Advisory Forum is an important date on the agenda of the Council of Europe’s cultural routes. This year it was held in Baku, Azerbaijan (30-31 October 2014). The theme of the Forum 2014 was "Cultural Routes: cultural tourism for intercultural dialogue and social stability". The two days of presentations, debates and discussions brought together actors from all areas connected with the routes. (more...) [06/11/2014]

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IFLA Europe 2014 Silver Jubilee Award

The 35 National Associations of the European Region of the International Federation of Landscape Architects - IFLA EUROPE, have granted the Silver Jubilee ‘Landscape and Democracy Award’ to the Council of Europe at their General Assembly held in Oslo, Norway, on 19 October 2014. The ‘Landscape and Democracy Award’ for Mr Thorbjřrn Jagland, Secretary General of the Council of Europe, was presented by Mr Michael Oldham, first President of IFLA Europe, in the presence of Mrs Liv Kristine Mortensen, President of the Council of Europe Conference of the European Landscape Convention, Mrs Ana Luengo, President of IFLA-Europe, Mrs Marina Cervera, Secretary General of IFLA-Europe and the Representatives of the National Associations of IFLA-Europe. The Award was given to Mrs Maguelonne Déjeant-Pons, Executive Secretary of the European Landscape Convention, who represented the Secretary General on this occasion. [23/10/2014]


The European Heritage Days Celebration Event

A celebration event of the European Heritage Days was held in Baku, Azerbaijan, from 14 to 16 October 2014. This event, entitled “Local communities shaping the European dimension of Heritage”, was organised by the European Days Programme and the Ministry of Culture and Tourism of the Republic of Azerbaijan, currently holding the Chairmanship of the Council of Europe’s Committee of Ministers. The Second Annual EHDs National Coordinators’ Meeting took place in the context of this event. The event also explored the subject of Industrial Heritage, a theme that will be shared by many EHD countries in 2015. (more...) [17/10/2014]


Faro Convention on the Value of Cultural Heritage for Society: Faro free applications

In the framework of the Faro Convention on the Value of Cultural Heritage for Society and more particularly the Faro Action Plan, the first "Faro free applications" are now online and available for heritage stakeholders. The Faro free applications (FFAs) are useful tools that have been employed in civic initiatives and recognised by the Council of Europe as being of value in furthering the aims and principles of the Faro Convention. The schemes in question, many of them led by “heritage communities”, provide a particularly good illustration of one or more of the principles enshrined in the Faro Convention. They have been carefully studied in order to identify key features that could be “applied” in any other context. [10/10/2014]


Heritage for development in South-East Europe: new publication

A new reference work "Heritage for development in South-East Europe – New visions and perceptions of heritage through the Ljubljana Process" has been published by the Council of Europe with the support of the European Union, as a culmination of the Joint Programme which was implemented from 2003 to 2014. Two other works will be published in the forthcoming months, and will highlight the impact of the Ljubljana Process in the countries of the region and what this experience has brought to the pan-European reflection on the social and economic values of heritage for society. [03/10/2014]


15th Council of Europe Meeting of the Workshops for the implementation of the European Landscape Convention

The 15th Meeting of the Workshops for the implementation of the European Landscape Convention on the theme "Sustainable Landscapes and Economy: on the inestimable natural and human value of the landscape" was be held in Urgup, Nevşehir, (Turkey) from 1st to 2nd October 2014. Five Workshops analysed the following themes: A journey in the landscapes of Turkey; Landscape values and economic valuation; Urban landscapes and economy; Rural landscapes and economy; Implementation tools, instruments and procedures. The Meeting was aimed at government officials, representatives of local and regional authorities, universities, professionals, public and private governmental and non-governmental organisations working in the fields of landscape, environment, heritage, culture and sustainable territorial development. (more...) [03/10/2014]


Conference "Heritage Commons: towards a participative heritage governance in the third millennium"

The Deputy Secretary General, Mrs Gabriella Battaini-Dragoni presented the Council of Europe’s approach and initiatives at the international Conference on heritage commons, which took place in the Venaria Reale in Turin, Italy, from 23-24 September. Organised by the Ministero dei Beni e delle Attivitŕ Culturali e del Turismo in the framework of the Italian Presidency of the European Union, the Conference built on the momentum created around heritage during the previous EU presidencies of Lithuania and Greece, all devoted to showing the value of heritage for society and its contribution to improving European citizens’ quality of life and living environment. Pioneering in this respect, the Faro Framework Convention on the Value of Cultural Heritage for Society suggests that our common European heritage is the shared responsibility of public authorities at all levels, of all persons holding elected office, enterprises, civil society and ordinary citizens. [29/09/2014]

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The European idea in art and art history

A Symposium in Berlin, 25 and 26 September 2014 explored the forms and formats of the European Idea in art and art history. It paid special attention to the 30th Council of Europe exhibition "The Desire for Freedom. Art in Europe since 1945" and to the role of the European institutions in making a peaceful and free Europe. [29/09/2014]



Regional Training Course on Cultural Routes Tourism Development Strategy in cooperation with UNWTO.

On the basis of a comprehensive theoretical introduction, this training course which washeld on 8-12 September 2014, in Gaillac (France), was designed for 20 participants and transmited a practical approach to relevant areas of tourism strategy, under the guidance of three experts from the UNWTO. These experts shared relevant experiences from their daily work. Topics of the course included: Tourism strategy, quality and sustainability; the Council of Europe Cultural Routes - programme and methodology; Situational analysis; Tourism development, strategy and monitoring. (more...) [18/09/2014]


Enabling citizens in the digital era

An expert group began preparing policy guidelines for member states towards creating an environment for enabling digital culture and empowering citizens. The meeting on 15 September looked at the need to modernize cultural institutions, enhance media and information literacy. Access to digital culture and the conditions for its creation and dissemination were also be discussed. [18/09/2014]


Finland invites citizens to discuss the value of cultural heritage for society Finland has launched a project, which paves way for the ratification of the Council of Europe Framework Convention on the Value of Cultural Heritage for Society (Faro Convention). The aim of the project is to explore in an interactive process and wide public discussion the implications of the ratification and make suggestions for actions. Crowdsourcing is used in order to accumulate ideas, knowledge and experience. An open web consultation, workshops in different parts of the country and active use of social media are used as instruments to gather ideas and views of various interest groups and individual citizens. (more...) [08/09/2014]


The Desertas Nature Reserve (Portugal) becomes the 73rd area awarded the European Diploma of Protected Areas

On 2 July 2014, the Desertas Nature Reserve (Portugal) was awarded the European Diploma of Protected Areas. This recognition acknowledges the European significance of the area which harbours a large number of endemic, threatened or vulnerable species of flora and fauna and has unique and remarkable landscapes. The Desertas Nature Reserve is composed of three Macaronesian islands of volcanic origin with great ecological importance at both the regional and European level. Desertas Nature Reserve is the 73rd area to get this prestigious recognition which, at the same time, places the area under the supervision of the Council of Europe as stated in the Committee of Minister’s Resolution CM/ResDip(2014)1. [16/07/2014]


First Platform Exchange on Culture and Digitisation "Creating an enabling environment for digital culture and for empowering citizens"

The First Platform Exchange on Culture and Digitisation was kindly hosted by the Azerbaijani authorities in Baku, 4-5 July 2014, within the framework of their Chairmanship of the Council of Europe’s Committee of Ministers. It was organised in follow-up to a request by European Ministers of Culture at their 10th Conference in 2013 (Moscow) to set up a platform for exchange on the impact of digitisation on culture and to prepare policy orientation papers on promoting the democratic governance of culture in the digital context. [07/07/2014]

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HEREIN’s cooperation in the Joint Programming Initiative on cultural heritage (JPI-CH)

HEREIN is cooperating in the Joint Programming Initiative on cultural heritage (JPI-CH) which provides a framework within which member States and associated countries jointly address areas where public research programmes can provide responses to major societal challenges. The Council of Europe, in its capacity as member of the Advisory Board, has been involved in the JPI-CH since 2011. The partnership template proposed by the Netherlands (acting as "project manager" to increase collaboration with IGOs and NGOs) was presented by the Council of Europe Secretariat in June, confirming HEREIN as a partner. The JPI-CH’s "coordination and support action" which is backed up the European Commission is scheduled to end in March 2015, although the partners will look for ways to continue activities beyond this date. [10/07/2014]

Contact: Ms Cristina Sabbioni, JPI-CH Coordinator.


C4i Second Coordination Meeting

C4i-Communication for Integration organised its second coordination meeting in Brussels from 26 to 27 June. Participants from the 11 C4i cities participated in the meeting, along with the consultants and the C4i team in the Council of Europe. The second meeting aimed to follow-up the development of the local antirumours campaigns in each city, and to pay attention to communicative tools and training sessions. (more...) [30/06/2014]

C4i website


New website for the European Heritage Days

Graphical improvements, easy navigation, structured content, documents and resources made more accessible: the European Heritage Days website has changed its image to offer a better service to users. This new site has as its objective to be more ergonomic and more attractive, it is hoped that it will also be a useful work tool. It will constantly be changed, new information will be added regularly. Do not hesitate to share your comments and suggestions at You can also follow the activities of the European Heritage Days on Twitter and Facebook. [27/06/2014]


5th meeting of the Bureau of the Steering Committee for Culture, Heritage and Landscape (CDCPP)

The Bureau of the CDCPP held its 5th meeting in the Paris offices of the Council of Europe from 24-25 June 2014. The Bureau reviewed the working programme of the Steering Committee and also discussed the next stages, in order to highlight the activities relating to culture, heritage and landscape with regard to the aims of the Council of Europe. [25/06/2014]

Draft agenda


Roma integration and evidence-based policy-making (RIEP) workshop

On 26 June 2014 the University of Portsmouth organised an event to explore how community-based academic research can feed into evidence-based practice and policy-making. The workshop led by Dr. Annabel Tremlett was being held at the Romanian Cultural Centre in London (UK), gathering some 25 local, national and international researchers, key practitioners and policy-makers. The workshop is a first of a series of events organized by members of the European Academic Network on Romani Studies in order to bridge the gap between academia and policy making, and funded by the Network project budget. [27/06/2014]



Cultural routes: 3rd summer seminar

The Council of Europe’s cultural routes were holding their 3rd summer seminar in Santiago de Compostela on 12-16 June. Sessions included training and peer-coaching for certified routes managers and candidates, a taster for a new UNWTO Themis Foundation training programme, presentations of new projects, strategic discussions, field trips and study visits. The seminar was hosted by Turismo Galicia and funded under the Joint Programme with the European Commission (Tourism UNIT DG-ENTR). [17/06/2014]



MEDIANE national encounter: Diversity inclusiveness within journalism & media training & literacy

London has invited European journalism and media literacy trainers from 11 to 13 June 2014 to build tools to include diversity in their daily work. Various sessions and workshops allowed participants to have a better understanding of diversity inclusiveness and to share examples of practical situations in journalism training and media literacy, including up-skilling activities (for instance about online journalism as a potential tool with its risks and opportunities to get a greater inclusion of diversity in news). [13/06/2014]

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Council of Europe Landscape Award / 14th Council of Europe Meeting of the Workshops for the implementation of the European Landscape Convention Wroclaw, Poland, 11-12 June 2014

During this meeting, three workshops analysed the following themes: ‘Landscape to be protected’; ‘Landscape to be managed’ ; ‘Landscapes to be planned’. The great experiences achieved in the Member States of the Organisation on the occasion of the third session of the Landscape Award of the Council of Europe were presented in this meeting showing that it is possible to promote the territorial dimension of human rights and democracy improving the landscape features of people’s surroundings. The Landscape Award of the Council of Europe was given on this occasion. Approximately 120 participants from various countries participated at the event. [13/06/2014]

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Signature by Austria of two conventions in the field of cultural heritage

Austria has signed two important conventions in the field of cultural heritage  on 5th June, namely the Faro Framework Convention on the Value of Cultural Heritage for Society and the European Convention on the Protection of the Archaeological Heritage (revised). The Council of Europe’s Faro Convention on the Value of Cultural Heritage for Society offers ways to help national, regional and local authorities, civil society in general or ordinary citizens to face societal challenges individually and collectively. The aim of the European Convention on the Protection of the Archaeological Heritage (revised) is to protect the archaeological heritage as a source of European collective memory and as an instrument for historical and scientific study. [06/06/2014]


Meeting of the European Academic Network on Romani Studies’ UK members with the National Contact Point  for the inclusion of Roma

On 5 June 2014 UK members of the RAN met with Ian Naysmith, Senior Policy Adviser at the Department for Communities and Local Government to explore the following: best practices in integrating Roma migrants on the local level, and transfer of UK knowledge on equality and integration to other European countries with large and disadvantaged Roma populations. The meeting is part of a series of events organised to intensify the relation between academia and policy making. [06/06/2014]


Diversity in the economy and local integration (DELI): Round table in Bucharest

A Diversity and Economy Round table – the first in a series of ten events planned for 2014 – took place in Bucharest (Romania) on 3 June 2014. Diversity and Economy Round tables are an important pillar of the DELI communication strategy as they address members of the local partnership platforms with a view to presenting DELI’s approach on the development of local policies in support of diverse and inclusive entrepreneurship as part of a wider integration approach. (more...) [05/06/2014]


Forum 2014: "Building Intercultural Cities: From Practice to Policy and Back Again"

The City of Montreal, the Laboratory of Research on Intercultural Relations (LABRRI) at the University of Montreal, and the Council of Europe’s Intercultural Cities Program (ICC) were hosting an international Forum on intercultural policy frameworks for cities on 21-23 May 2014. "Building Intercultural Cities: From Practice to Policy and Back Again" brought together policymakers and intercultural experts from more than a dozen cities with expertise in the development of intercultural policy. The primary objective of the Forum was to elaborate a series of tools and guidelines that will enable policymakers and practitioners to make cities more inclusive by leveraging recent advances in the field of intercultural policy and practice. [26/05/2014]

Draft programme


First DELI co-ordination meeting, Lisbon, Portugal, 22-23 May 2014

The Municipality of Lisbon welcomed the holding of the first DELI co-ordination meeting. At this meeting, the Council of Europe in collaboration with the Migration Policy Group examined the project’s implementation progress in 10 European cities. The partners presented and assessed the practical means on how to improve the overall coherence of the project. DELI fosters more efficient local policies in support of migrant-owned SMEs and migrant entrepreneurship as part of wider diversity and inclusion policies. (more...) [26/05/2014]


ITB Academy webinar : All Same - All Different (22 May - 10.30 am)

The aim of the ITB Academy webinar was to explore the changes in communities initiated by local action, using the case studies and experiences of the Council of Europe Cultural Routes. (more...) [23/05/2014]

Press release




Crossing Routes, Blogging Europe

The groups of bloggers, photographers and videographers are given the opportunity by the Council of Europe and the European Commission joint programme on Cultural Routes, to experience the thematic itineraries of the certified Cultural Routes across Europe. The groups of bloggers, photographers and videographers will explore the region of Tuscany in Italy from 21 to 25 May 2014 (more...) [20/05/2014]

Blog "Crossing Routes, Blogging Europe"


22 May 2014: International Day for Biological Diversity – "Island Biodiversity"

Thirteen years ago, the United Nations proclaimed May 22 the International Day for Biological Diversity. Under this year’s main theme: "Island Biodiversity", the Bern Convention, Europe’s regional biodiversity treaty, joins global efforts to increase the understanding of the extraordinary biological value of life on islands and the interrelation between the protection of the environment and the sustainable use of natural resources. [20/05/2014]

Press release


Microsoft Event Celebrating New Partnerships: Technology, Heritage, Culture

The European Heritage Days (Council of Europe and European Commission Joint Programme), in collaboration with Microsoft Corporation and the Association for Culture and Tourism Exchange (ACTE) held an event focusing on "New Partnerships between technology providers and the Heritage and Cultural Sectors". It took place in the Microsoft Innovation Centre, Rue Montoyer, 51, Brussels on 15 May 2014. A centrepiece of the event was two highly innovative cultural and tourism portals, created using Microsoft Bing Maps technology. (more...) [20/05/2014]

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Meeting of the Bern Convention Special National Focal Points on Illegal killing of birds

The 1st Meeting of the Bern Convention Special National Focal Points on Illegal killing of birds took place in Strasbourg, on 19th May 2014. The meeting aimed at launching the implementation of the Tunis Action Plan 2020 for the eradication of illegal killing of birds through identifying and allocating tasks, monitoring the state of play, networking and partnership building. The meeting was enlarged to representatives of the INTERPOL, the UNEP/AEWA, and BirdLife International. (more...) [20/05/2014]


Cultural Policy Review of Serbia

Serbia engages in a Council of Europe Cultural Policy Review to renew the policy and action framework of the Ministry of Culture, build capacity and enhance relations civil society cultural initiatives. The review will focus on cultural sector legislation and governance, cultural institutions and trends and digitisation issues. The exercise will be carried out in 2014 by a mixed team of national and international experts. On 12-13 May, the Secretariat carried out a preparatory visit to Belgrade. This is the 31st Council of Europe Cultural Policy Review. [14/05/2014]


Cultural routes: registration to the summer seminar 2014 is now open!

The seminar will include sessions on case studies and worshops about peer-to-peer knowledge transfer on priority areas of action for candidate projects. Candidates and certified routes representatives will spend Saturday 14 June 2014 together, benefiting from a field visit to certified cultural routes in the region (Saint-James Ways, Thermal towns…). Other sessions for certified cultural routes will focus on defining the priorities for future strategies (2014-2020 European opportunities, Cultural Routes tailor-made indicators and training module). An introduction to regional course on Cultural Routes tourism development strategy will also be provided by our partner, the UNWTO. [12/05/2014]

Online registration


MEDIANE: Towards an Inclusive Approach in Media Content Design & Production: Overview, 28-30 April 2014, Split (Croatia)

In the continuity of the encounters in Spain and in the Netherlands, during this encounter, participants were asked to present, discuss and analyse the results of various media productions that participants produced in the last 6 months during an Exchange to reflect experiences and methods during the production process. New participants got the chance to present own reports, that focussing on diversity inclusiveness. (more...) [15/04/2014]


Meeting of the EPA Governing Board, Luxembourg 11 April

The Governing Board of the Enlarged Partial Agreement on Cultural Routes (EPA) met on 11 April, with the participation of the Director General of Democracy Snežana Samardžić-Marković and the Head of the Tourism Policy Unit of DG Enterprise and Industry of the European Commission, Pedro Ortun. The representatives of the relevant specialised ministries took decisions related to the confirmation of the EPA by the Committee of Ministers in December 2013 and discussed follow-up to the Innsbruck Declaration adopted at the Cultural Routes Advisory Forum in November 2013. They decided to award Council of Europe certification to three candidates: the Art Nouveau Network, the Route of Architecture of 20th-century Totalitarian Regimes (ATRIMUM) and the Via Habsburg. [17/04/2014]


MEDIANE: Journalism Practice & Diversity Inclusiveness

39 participants representing mainstream, minority and community media, professional organisations (unions of journalists or European media network) from 14 European (EU) countries met in Würtzburg, Germany on 11-13 April for a working meeting in the context of the MEDIANE programme. They discussed provisional guidelines and set of media practices on gender and youth inclusion in media content and the method of their use in the future Mediane Box on Media Diversity Inclusiveness. (more...) [16/04/2014]

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6th meeting of the Scientific Committee of the European Academic Network on Romani Studies (RAN), 6-7 April 2014, Cluj (Romania)

The Scientific Committee of the RAN gathered on 7 April in Cluj/Romania to discuss current activities of the Network as well as the project’s medium term future. Main items on the meeting agenda included: action taken to better integrate research findings on Roma issues into policy making processes, revision of the Network’s communication channels, and the Network’s development following the 2nd project term (May 2015). A Consortium meeting of the MigRom, a research project funded by the European Commission’s FP7 Scheme, preceded on 6 April. [08/04/2014]



First expert visit to Limerick in the framework of Intercultural cities

Limerick became the second Irish city to join the Intercultural cities network. A group of European experts met on 2 and 3 April over 100 politicians, civil servants, civil society activists, academics, journalists and other professionals for a discussion on the achievements and challenges for Limerick in the field of diversity and inclusion. The results of the Intercultural cities index review for Limerick were presented and a range of ideas were raised for enhancing civic participation of migrants, combatting discrimination, and harnessing the talent of foreign students and other residents of migrant origin for the development and cohesion of the city. Many participants expressed vividly the delight with the city leader’s support for the intercultural agenda (the decision for joining the network had been adopted unanimously by the city Council) and their personal commitment to the process. The event was reflected in local and national press and TV news. The report of the visit and the experts’ recommendations will be available shortly.  [07/04/2014]


Working Group on the revision of the European Convention on Cinematographic Co-Production

The 1st meeting of the Working Group on the revision of the European Convention on Cinematographic Co-Production was held in Paris from 3 to 4 April 2014. This meeting brought together specialists from 15 countries and was aimed at presenting background and perspective for the revision of the Convention, and adopting a working methodology. [04/04/2014]


Bureau of the Standing Committee to the Bern Convention

The Bureau of the Standing Committee to the Bern Convention had its first meeting of the year on 4 april. The purpose of the meeting was to ensure the follow-up of the decisions taken at the 33rd Standing Committee meeting, as well as to review the progress in the implementation of the annual programme of activities, including discussion of case files and complaints received and progress on the strategic development of the Convention. The meeting was in-camera. [04/04/2014]

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MEDIANE: Testing a Tool on Media Diversity Inclusiveness, 26-28 March 2014, Lisbon (Portugal)

Based on participants’ practices and experiences, the second MEDIANE European Encounter implemented various workshops and speed-dating sessions aiming at guiding Mediane Team and Partners in the building and finalisation of the MEDIANE Index on Diversity Inclusiveness and in the definition of a very concrete and practical content to the approach of diversity inclusiveness in media context. (more...) [31/03/2014]


Meeting of the Group of Specialists on the European Diploma of Protected Areas

The Group of Specialists on the European Diploma of Protected Areas held its annual meeting in Strasbourg on 24 March 2014. The Group considered the reports from the independent experts’ on-the-spot appraisals in the frame of the applications for the award of the Diploma, submitted for the Desertas Islands Nature Reserve (Portugal) and the Karadag Nature Reserve (Ukraine). The Group further discussed a draft Resolution on the renewal of the Diploma awarded to the Central Balkan National Park (Bulgaria). Additionally, it examined a new application for the award of the Diploma presented for the Vashlovani Protected Areas (Georgia). [25/03/2014]

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3rd meeting of the CDCPP

The 3rd meeting of the CDCPP took place in Strasbourg from 19-21 March 2014. In line with its new Terms of Reference, the Committee elected a Chair (Bruno Favel, France), Vice-Chair (Kimmo Aulake, Finland) and Bureau members. Discussions focused on the implementation of the work programme for 2014-2015 and many different topics, such as the follow-up of the Moscow Ministerial Conference, the revision of the European Convention on Cinematographic Co-production, the Landscape and Faro Conventions, the information systems, the evaluation of lessons learned from the field projects, among others. [21/03/2014]

Draft agenda


Seminar on Faith in Intercultural Cities

There are many controversies concerning whether policy-makers should engage with issues of faith and religion, and if so, how? Cities face important questions about what role faith communities might play within their communities and how they might be encouraged to be more involved in supporting intercultural relationships. A workshop took place on 19-20 March in the London Borough of Lewisham, in the context of the Intercultural cities programme, on managing faith in diverse cities. [21/03/2014]



Shaping the Digital Environment - Ensuring our rights on the Internet

The conference organised by the Austrian Chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers (Graz, 13-14 March) set the agenda for the Council of Europe’s Internet Governance Strategy 2014/15. A dedicated panel explored next generation education, cultures and freedoms in public service delivery and linked up to preparations for the 1st Platform Exchange on Culture and Digitisation, held in Baku on 20-21 June as a follow-up to the 2013 Conference of Ministers of Culture. (more...) [18/03/2014]


Heritage First! Towards a Common Approach for a Sustainable Europe

A major conference entitled "Heritage First! Towards a Common Approach for a Sustainable Europe" was organised by the Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Sports in the framework of the Greek EU Presidency Conference. The event was held at the Byzantine and Christian Museum in Athens on 6 March 2014 and at the Acropolis Museum, Athens on 7-8 March 2014. The aim of the conference was to discuss the link between cultural heritage and sustainable development. (more...) [10/03/2014]


ITB Tourism Fair in Berlin – 5-9 March

As well as the stand of the Cultural Routes in the sustainable tourism hall (hall 4.1. stand 209), the "information totems" of the member states were hosted on around ten stands of EPA member states. A panel session with the Saint Olav Route and the European Travel Commission followed by the reception took place on Thursday, 6 March 2014. (more...) [10/03/2014]


Diversity in the Economy and Local Integration (DELI): kick-off meeting, Brussels, 4-5 March 2014

The Council of Europe DELI team organised a kick-off meeting in Brussels to launch the whole 18-months project Diversity in the Economy and Local Integration (DELI), and especially the activities related to establishment of local partnership platforms in 10 partner-cities. The Council of Europe is working in close collaboration with Migration Policy Group that will contribute primarily through its participation to the elaboration of the programme content. The programme will be jointly decided upon by all the partners. [06/03/2014]

Press release


Tourism Fair in Belgrade – 27 February-2 March

The 26 Council of Europe cultural routes was showcased at the fair where we were hosted by the Ministry of Culture and the Serbian National Tourism Office. The Hansa route and the Historic Thermal Towns participated in a panel session and we were running a quiz for the specialised and general public. (more...)  [03/03/2014]



3 March - World Wildlife Day: Don’t risk your future, bet on nature!

Through a Resolution adopted by its General Assembly on 20 December 2013 the United Nations proclaimed 3 March as World Wildlife Day. The Convention on the Conservation of European Wildlife and Natural Habitats (Bern Convention), Europe’s Treaty on Nature Conservation, joins global efforts to increase the understanding of the interrelation between the protection of the environment and human wellbeing, including health, security and economic prosperity. (more...) [28/02/2014]


Intercultural cities network: first exploratory visit to Bergen (Norway)

On 19-20 February Intercultural cities experts travelled to Bergen for the first exploratory visit after the accession of the city to the Intercultural cities network. The results of the ICC Index for Bergen were discussed, together with current challenges in managing diversity as a resource, in particular in the field of democratic governance and participation, human resource management and intercultural competence, cooperation between the municipality and enterprises, education, culture, language and multilingualism etc. The city will set up an interdepartmental task force with NGO participation to work towards policy reformulation from an intercultural perspective and participate actively in ICC thematic events. [25/02/2014]


Understanding the Impact of Digitisation on Culture

A work session took place at the Council of Europe’s Paris office on 20 February 2014 to shape-up ideas on digital cultural access and participation, digital divide, role of public cultural institutions, new cultural expressions, media literacy and education in preparation of the 1st platform meeting on the impact of digitisation on culture, scheduled for June 2014 in Baku in the framework of the Presidency of Azerbaijan. [19/02/2014]


The Council of Europe launches an innovative project to combat xenophobia and to promote social cohesion

Have you ever heard expressions like "Immigrants receive more financial aid to open their businesses, and they don’t pay taxes…"; "Immigrants are overcrowding our health services…" or "Immigrants don’t want to integrate or learn our language…"? Such ideas, generally unsupported by facts and data, target specific groups as ‘problematic’ and it generate mistrust and social conflict. C4i – Communication for Integration project (implemented by the Council of Europe in the framework of the Intercultural Cities programme and funded by the European Commission) aims to fight against misconceptions and prejudices, rumours and stereotypes by using viral information techniques to provide evidence-based answers to common misconceptions. Active participation from citizens as "anti-rumor agents" is a key feature of C4i. (more...) [14/02/2014]


Limerick joins Intercultural cities and launches an action plan "Towards Intercultural Limerick"

In December 2013 Limerick City Council unanimously endorsed the city’s new Integration Plan, Integrating Limerick 2013-2016: Towards Intercultural Limerick. Limerick Manager, Conn Murray, spoke of the importance of ensuring that the migrant voice and underlined Limerick City and County Council’s commitment to the Integration Working Group and the implementation of this Plan during the next three years. Each of the key themes of the Integration Plan is linked with one of the EU Common Basic Principles on Integration and to the Intercultural Cities policy principles. (more...) [06/02/2014]


Art Exhibition "Art in Europe since 1945: beyond boundaries"

The Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art in Thessaloniki will organize within the framework of the 30th Council of Europe Art Exhibition "Desire for Freedom. Art in Europe since 1945" an exhibition from 8 February to 4 May 2014 with 200 works of art realized by international Greek and foreign artists. The exhibition is placed under the auspices of the Hellenic Presidency of the Council of the European Union. [31/01/2014]

Press release


Ukraine ratifies the Faro Framework Convention on the Value of Cultural Heritage for Society

Ukraine becomes the 16th member State of the Council of Europe to ratify the Faro Framework Convention on the Value of Cultural Heritage for Society. The Convention will enter into force on 1st May 2014. The Council of Europe’s Faro Convention on the Value of Cultural Heritage for Society offers ways to help national, regional or local authorities, civil society in general or ordinary citizens to face societal challenges individually and collectively. It encourages reflection on the role of citizens in the processes of defining, deciding and managing the cultural environment. [09/01/2014]