The Framework Convention emphasises an innovative approach to social, political and economic problems, using culture and heritage to reach all stakeholders in society, including the most disadvantaged.
The Faro Convention is first and foremost a convention about society, for society. It is one of the ways that the Council of Europe can help member states to address the societal challenges they are facing, individually or collectively.
This Regional Programme was launched in 2003 in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Montenegro, Romania, Serbia, "the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia" and Kosovo*. With its three components (institutional capacity building, heritage rehabilitation and local development), it contributes to peace and reconciliation in a region undergoing complex political, legal, economic and social transition.
Supported by the European Commission in several of the projects, the Regional Programme emphasizes the notion of "local development" as a concept covering the following aspects:
- acknowledgement of the diversity of the territories as a source of vitality and value;
- the setting up and implementation of sustainable development;
- a connection between countries and the opening up of the region to the rest of Europe;
- an integrated approach to conservation, planning and development issues.