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Events in 2005
Participating countries
Conference"Intercultural Dialogue: The Way Ahead"
28-29 October 2005
Programme (pdf)
  "European Culture: Identity and Diversity" Colloquy report
  Open Platform of Cooperation (pdf)
  Memorandum of co-operation with the Anna Lindh Foundation for the Dialogue between Cultures

Coordinated programme of activities between the Council of Europe and the Arab League Educational, Cultural and Scientific Organization (ALECSO)

  Faro Declaration (pdf)
  Framework Convention (pdf)
  Explanatory report (pdf)
  Wroclaw Procedings (pdf)
  Picture Gallery of Faro Conference
Colloquy on "European Culture: Identity and Diversity"
8-9 September 2005
Speakers and their contribution
List of participants
  Summary (pdf)
Opening Conference
9-10 December 2004
Awards Ceremony for Five Cultural Routes
The new dimensions of Europe
50 years of the European Cultural Convention (pdf)
Text of the Convention - Chart of signatures et ratifications
40 years of cultural co-operation 1954-1994 by  Etienne GROSJEAN
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“Intercultural dialogue – the way ahead”
Ministerial Conference, 27-28 October 2005 in Faro, Portugal.

The programme celebrating the 50th anniversary of the European Cultural Convention ended in October 2005 with a meeting of the European ministers of culture. The main focus of the Conference, which was chaired by the Portuguese Minister of Culture Mrs Pires de Lima, was the promotion of intercultural dialogue within European societies and between Europe and neighbouring regions – the southern shores of the Mediterranean, the Middle East and Central Asia. The Conference adopted the “Faro Declaration on the Council of Europe’s Strategy for Developing Intercultural Dialogue”. Additionally, the Secretary General signed with UNESCO a “Declaration of Intent on the setting up of an open platform of inter-institutional cooperation for intercultural dialogue”, as well as cooperation agreements with the “Anna Lindh Euro-Mediterranean Foundation for the Dialogue between Cultures” and the Arab League Educational, Cultural and Scientific Organization (ALECSO). Following the decisions of the Warsaw Summit earlier in the year, the Conference was also used to advance the cooperation between the Council of Europe, UNESCO and the European Union on common cultural objectives.


European ministers call on Council of Europe to boost dialogue between neighbouring regions

European ministers of culture, education, youth and sport have urged the Council of Europe to consider new measures to boost intercultural and inter-religious dialogue between neighbouring regions - in particular with the southern shore of the Mediterranean, according to the Wroclaw Declaration adopted in the Polish city. The declaration is addressed to the Council of Europe’s Committee of Ministers and the governments of the 48 countries covered by the convention, and will also be submitted to the Summit of Council of Europe Heads of State and Government in Warsaw on 16 and 17 May 2005. (more ...)


Defining the way ahead for European cultural policy

Ministers of Culture, Education, Youth and Sport from across Europe gathered at the Ossolinski National Institute in Wroclaw, Poland, on 9 and 10 December 2004 to launch the celebrations to mark the 50th anniversary of the Council of Europe’s European Cultural Convention. Participants at the conference analysed 50 years of achievements and discussed future co-operation. The conference concluded with the adoption of a ''Wroclaw Declaration'', suggesting the main lines of action for future Council of Europe-led collaboration in these areas. (more ...)

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50 years of Council of Europe art exhibitions: Poster exhibition in Wroclaw

Posters for the Council of Europe’s 27 major art exhibitions were presented at Wroclaw University on Thursday 9 December 2004 as part of the conference to launch celebrations to mark the 50th anniversary of the European Cultural Convention. The initial idea behind the series of exhibitions was to use art as a way of expressing European unity and of developing the notion of a common “European” culture, going beyond national boundaries. A ground-breaking 28th exhibition – “The Universal Leonardo”, including Da Vinci’s “Lady with an Ermine” – is currently planned to take place in Florence, London, Mantua, Milan and Oxford in 2006. (More…)

 Art Exhibitions Web site



La Convention culturelle européenne

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  Chart of signatures and ratifications


The origins of the European Cultural Convention

The concept of cultural co-operation, founded on a common history and heritage, actuated the European countries just after the Second World War, and culture was among the first of the domains through which it was effected.

Through its active participation in promoting the European cultural identity, the Council of Europe has performed a decisive role in the establishment of cultural co-operation, whose general framework is laid down by the European Cultural Convention. Without supplanting the bilateral agreements already concluded between certain member countries, this is the earliest instrument on cultural matters to be multilateral and European (More…)