Culture and heritage

Architectural and archaeological heritage

Monitoring of the Convention for the Protection of the Archaeological Heritage of Europe (revised) (Valletta, 1992) and of the Convention for the Protection of the Architectural Heritage of Europe (Granada, 1985).
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Nearly forty European countries are parties to one or other of the Council of Europe’s heritage conventions. By co-ordinating action to monitor and implement them, and particularly through data pooling, the Council of Europe keeps a watch on heritage policies in Europe. Its aim is to help states meet new challenges and work together to find the most appropriate solutions.
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Compendium of Cultural Policies and Trends in Europe

spectator violence The Compendium of Cultural Policies and Trends in Europe is a comprehensive reference work on European cultural policies in the form of an online information and monitoring system.
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The Compendium of Cultural Policies and Trends in Europe is a web-based and permanently updated information and monitoring system of national cultural policies in Europe. It is a long term project which aims to include all 50 member states co-operating within the context of the European Cultural Convention.
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Cultural resources for Roma inclusion

spectator violence The project aims at replicating in 5 Roma settlements in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, "former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia", Hungary and Slovenia
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the model successfully implemented in Kamenci (Slovenia) where the Roma inhabitants have been supported in organizing and setting up a multidimensional cultural enterprise within their village through the valorisation and reinterpretation of their cultural heritage (music, poetry, legends, gardening, etc.) and creating a museum of Roma heritage which attracted visitors and thus generated income.
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CultureWatchEurope: Cultural governance observatory

CultureWatchEurope promotes culture as "the soul of democracy", facilitating strong governance through combined access to the Council of Europe's information tools
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that generate, improve and follow-up policy standards. It also offers a platform for exchange towards prospective analysis and forward thinking.
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European Heritage Days (EHD)

Once a year, citizens in 50 countries celebrate Europe’s cultural heritage. This initiative of the European Heritage Days, launched by the Council of Europe
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in 1991, has been since 1999 a joint action of the Council of Europe and the European Commission, putting new cultural assets on view and opening up historical buildings normally closed to the public.
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Intercultural cities

Cities involved in the Intercultural cities programme assess their governance models and policies and develop comprehensive strategies for intercultural integration.
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As communities across Europe grow increasingly diverse, the way they manage diversity becomes a key challenge for the future.
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The Faro Convention on the Value of Cultural Heritage for Society

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.
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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.
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Regional Programme on Cultural and Natural Heritage in South East Europe (RPSEE)

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.
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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.
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Art exhibitions of the Council of Europe

The Council of Europe series of art exhibitions, since 1954, increases knowledge and appreciation of European art as one of the highest expressions of Europe's culture and common values
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Over almost half a century the series has succeeded in illustrating most of the great epochs or the contributions of great personalities who left an indelible mark on their time.
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Cultural Policy reviews

The Council of Europe’s flagship programme of cultural policy reviews assesses policies in member states
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at the request of the Government/Minister of Culture to offering comprehensive analysis and advice, geared to optimising policy for the greatest benefit of its country's citizens.
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Cultural routes

The Enlarged Partial Agreement on Cultural Routes seeks to reinforce the potential of Cultural Routes for cultural co-operation, sustainable territorial development and social cohesion,
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with a particular focus on themes of symbolic importance for European unity, history, culture and values and the discovery of less well-known destinations.
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EU/Coe Support to the promotion of cultural diversity in Kosovo

In collaboration with the appropriate institutions, this project aims at developing activities linked to cultural heritage rehabilitation (especially its economic potential), by using cultural heritage as a tool for reconciliation and dialogue between communities.
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*This designation is without prejudice to positions on status, and is in line with UNSCR 1244 and the ICJ Opinion on the Kosovo Declaration of Independence.
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European Heritage Network (HEREIN)

The European Heritage Network is a permanent information system bringing together government departments responsible for cultural heritage under the umbrella of the Council of Europe.
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The HEREIN network has become a reference point for government bodies, professionals, researchers, non-governmental organisations active in this field and all interested citizens.
This Network is concerned with how cultural heritage policies are developing, and how they contribute to improving people’s living environment and to fostering intercultural dialogue.
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Regional Programme for the Kyiv Initiative: Black Sea and South Caucasus Kyiv Initiative

This Regional Programme was initiated by the Ministers of Culture of Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine in December 2006. The Kyiv Initiative reflects the idea that culture, heritage, protection of the environment and urban planning are interconnected elements in a global policy for the democratic development of communities.
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The Kyiv Initiative aims to show the added value of co-ordinated and inter-disciplinary planning across a range of key functions, including heritage and environmental protection, tourism, cultural development, education and economic development.
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