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Council of Europe Cultural Routes Summer Seminar

01-05 June 2015, Osnabrück, Germany - 4th Council of Europe Cultural Routes Summer Seminar will focus on networking, sustainability, funding and heritage interpretation. A peer-to-peer exchange between certified routes and candidate routes will enable to share experience on day-to-day implementation and practices on the Council of Europe certification criteria. Some fifty participants, representing certified routes, new projects, students and partner organisations of HECTOR Erasmus+, universities’ network on heritage and cultural tourism, coordinated by the European Institute of Cultural Routes, will attend this event.

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Programme  [28/05/2015]


Diversity at work: Summer school on diversity advantage

On 11 and 12 June an Intercultural cities summer school will take place in Reggio Emilia, Italy. Representatives of the European and Italian Intercultural cities’ networks will review leading practice in making population diversity boost cities’ potential and ensure cohesion and equal opportunities. What diversity competence and policies can ensure better results in education, social and health care, and how can decision-making bodies be diversified to improve the governance of diversity and inclusion will be among the key questions for debate. Intercultural cities is a Council of Europe programme providing advice and support for cities in their efforts to manage diversity as a resource for local development.  [27/05/2015]


A first Emerald Network evaluation Seminar, organised in the frame of the EU/CoE Joint Programme Emerald Network of Nature Protection Sites (Phase II), is taking place in Tbilisi on 27-29 May 2015.

The event is an important milestone, mid-term through the project implementation period. It aims at assessing the extent to which the candidate Emerald sites proposed in three out of the seven project target countries are sufficient to ensure proper conservation of habitats and species of European importance, protected by the Emerald Network. The meeting will gather representatives of the national authorities, as well as NGOS, from the three target countries, Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia and the independent scientific experts in charge of the evaluation. This evaluation phase is a necessary step before the candidate Emerald sites can be officially adopted as Emerald sites by the Standing Committee to the Bern Convention foreseen for the end of the year. More evaluation Seminars are to follow in the coming two years for the rest of the project countries.

More information [26/05/2015]


Indicator Framework on Culture and Democracy

A work meeting with partners and supporters on progress and possible future applications of the Indicator Framework on Culture and Democracy (IFCD) will take place on 29 May at the Council of Europe Brussels Office. The IFCD is an innovative project initiated by the 10th Council of Europe Conference of Ministers of Culture. Once fully established, it is expected to highlight culture’s role in building open and inclusive democratic societies with engaged citizens. [21/05/2015]


50th Anniversary of the European Diploma for Protected Areas

On 21-22 May the Council of Europe (Bern Convention), with the sponsorship of the Ministry of Environment of Italy, organises a large seminar on protected areas and the new challenges posed by the digitalisation of the management of nature. The seminar will take place at the Regional Park of Migliarino, San Rossore and Massaciuccoli (Tuscany Region, Italy), and it will both mark the contribution of the Bern Convention to the UN International Day for Biological Diversity and the 50th Anniversary of the European Diploma for Protected Areas, awarded by the Committee of Ministers.

More information. [13/05/2015]


Exhibition on Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe, 16 – 27 May 2015, Palais de la Régence, Ensisheim, France

During the European Month in Alsace, the Palais de la Régence in Ensisheim, Alsace, France receives an exhibition of 29 Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe. The Palais de la Régence is a member of the Cultural Route « Via Habsburg – 800 years of art and culture following the Habsburg’s trail », certified by the Council of Europe in 2014. On the first day the exhibition will be opened from 2.00 p.m. until midnight as it will be the European night of museums. The exhibition is organised by the Consulate General of Luxembourg in Strasbourg, in cooperation with the European Institute of Cultural Routes, the Tourism Development Agency of South Alsace (ADT) and the «Musée de la Régence of the city of Ensisheim, France. The 60 roll-ups explain the Council of Europe’s program and the work of the European Institute of Cultural Routes. They particularly highlight broad diversity of the thematic Cultural Routes networks crossing Europe. The opening hours of the exhibition, as well as Palais de la Régence are 14:00- 18:00, closed on Tuesdays and public holidays. Free entrance

Address of the Palais de la Régence : Place de l’Eglise, 68190 Ensisheim, France



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European Institute for Cultural Routes

Consulate General of Luxembourg in Strasbourg

Official site of Tourism in Southern Alsace

City of Ensisheim

Alsace Region

Council of Europe [11/05/2015]

FOCUS: Cultural Heritage

4th meeting of CDCPP

The CDCPP will hold its 4th meeting from 1 to 3 June 2015 at the Council of Europe headquarters in Strasbourg. The Committee will examine the Council of Europe’s intergovernmental work in the field of culture, heritage and landscape, and advise the Committee of Ministers on questions within its area of competence. [13/05/2015]


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