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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...)


Headline news ... (11/02/2016)


Recommendation on the Internet of citizens

The Committee of Ministers has adopted the Recommendation CM/Rec(2016)2 on the Internet of citizens on 10 February 2016. In this text, the Committee of Ministers recommends that member States recognise digital culture as one of the key issues for modern cultural policy making and revisit their cultural policy approaches with a view to implementing the policy guidelines (see recommendation and appendix), so as to serve citizens to the best of their ability. The guidelines promote in particular the human and cultural dimension of the internet as a counterbalance to the Internet of Things. Their aim is to ensure equal consideration is given to citizen involvement in the internet by the different stakeholders (governments, cultural institutions, professional cultural organisations), to avoid citizens being a means to an end, rather than an end in themselves. It addresses, therefore, the modernization of cultural institutions, consumers as prosumers and creative citizens and multiliteracy skills to lessen the digital divide. [10/02/2016]


First Intercultural Cities meeting in Jordan

A meeting was held in Amman (Jordan) on 1st February with representatives from 13 interested cities in Jordan, as well as managers of the Ministry of Municipal Affairs to discuss the possible involvement of Jordanian cities in the Intercultural Cities programme, with the support of the South programme II, a joint action of the Council of Europe and of the European Union. (more...) [11/02/2016]


The Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe presented as sustainable and accessible cultural destinations at the European Commission - ETIS Conference in Brussels

On the 28 January 2016, the European Commission DG GROW organised a conference on Managing and promoting sustainable and accessible tourism destinations in the frame of the European Tourism Indicator System (ETIS). Carlo CORAZZA, Head of Tourism, Emerging and Creative Industries, DG GROW delivered the Opening Remarks. Cinzia De MARZO (DG GROW, ETIS) and Antonella CORRERA, DG GROW COSME, delivered Keynote Speeches. Panels were organised around themes pertaining to principles, tools and good practices relating to sustainable and accessible tourism in Europe as well as technical sessions on the testing of the ETIS methodology and implementation. More than 250 practitioners attended the event. (more...) [05/02/2016]


Launch of the new website of the Intercultural Cities

The Intercultural Cities programme has launched its new website. The website has been entirely updated to make a wider audience aware of the programme’s approach to the management of cultural diversity in cities. The new web site has an improved navigation and better structured information. You will find information about activities organised by the Intercultural Cities programme, city profiles and Intercultural cities INDEX reports, good practice examples of intercultural approach in a range of policy fields which could facilitate the development of intercultural strategies, as well as the modalities for joining the Intercultural Cities network. You can also follow all the Intercultural Cities news on Twitter and Facebook. [18/01/2016]

FOCUS: Biodiversity

Launch of the promotional video of the Bern Convention

The Biodiversity Unit (DGII) is delighted to announce the launch of its new promotional video presenting the Convention on the Conservation of European Wildlife and Natural Habitats (Bern Convention). The video, realised in motion graphics, uses very concise and easy-to-understand language targeting the general public but also policy makers and any other stakeholder that may be originally unaware of the importance of this key Council of Europe’s convention. Enjoy and spread it around without restraints! [18/12/2015]



Video of the month
2nd Council of Europe Platform Exchange on Culture and Digitisation, 4-5 September 2015, Linz, Austria

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