The Bern Convention has become a ''living instrument'' [30/11/2004]

Opening the meeting to mark the 25th anniversary of the Bern Convention, Gabriella Battaini-Dragoni, Council of Europe Director General for cultural and natural heritage, pointed out that the convention was not only ''very innovative'' when it was signed in 1979, but that it also succeeded ''in adapting to the new way of thinking about nature and its conservation''. Mrs Battaini-Dragoni said that the convention had beome a ''living'' instrument, and she also underlined the positive synergy that the Bern Convention had with other organisations like the EU and UNESCO. The enlargement of the EU to include 10 new member states was encouraging for strengthening work with the European Commission on these matters, she added.   (More...)

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La Convention de Berne est devenue un instrument ''vivant'' [30/11/2004]

A l'ouverture du 25e anniversaire de la Convention de Berne, Gabriella Battaini-Dragoni, directrice générale chargée de la Culture et du Patrimoine au Conseil de l'Europe, a fait observer que non seulement la Convention avait été ''très novatrice'' au moment de sa signature en 1979, mais aussi qu’elle avait su ''s’adapter aux nouvelles conceptions de la nature et de sa conservation''. Elle est devenue un instrument ''vivant''. Mme Battaini-Dragoni a en outre mis l’accent sur la synergie constructive établie entre la Convention de Berne et d’autres organisations comme l’UE et l’UNESCO. L’élargissement de l’UE à dix nouveaux Etats membres est de bon augure, a-t-elle poursuivi, car il permettra de renforcer la collaboration avec la Commission européenne sur ces questions.  (More...)

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