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We strive towards a Europe where the diversity of cultures, the arts, and cultural and natural heritage are essential to the development of a genuine openness of mind and basic rights, and where open and interactive processes and practices of culture encompass different elements that combine to help us deal with the complexities of living with ourselves and one another. (more...)


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European Academic Network on Romani Studies (RAN) final showcase event

The event scheduled on 22 April at the European Youth Centre in Strasbourg will bring together more than 50 leading researchers in the field of Romani Studies, NGOs and representatives of relevant policy making bodies to discuss “The contribution of academic research to Policies for Roma inclusion”. The showcase will also be an occasion to highlight the main achievements and legacy of the Joint Programme (2011-2015), such as the Romani Studies database of expertise gathering more than 390 Roma experts in 40 countries worldwide..



Critique and Crisis, in Image and Idea

The final symposium on the 30th Council of Europe Art Exhibition project, “The Desire for Freedom. Art in Europe since 1945”, will take place at the Musées royaux des Beaux-Arts de Belqique, Brussels on 16-17 April 2015.


Revision of the European Convention on Cinematographic Co-production

On 31 March, following a two-day plenary meeting, the States Party to the European Convention on Cinematographic Co-production (CPP-CINE) agreed on a revised text for this Convention. This revised text will ensure that the Convention, which regulates European cinematographic co-productions, is fully relevant for today’s industry, bringing it into line with new technologies, the different funding possibilities now available and other changes to industry practice. It is hoped that the Convention will enter into force at the start of 2016, thereby replacing the original version which had stood the test of time for the past twenty-two years but which urgently needed updating. The revised text also allows for the opening up of the Convention to non-European countries. [02/04/2015]


Meeting of the Bureau of the Standing Committee to the Bern Convention

The Bureau of the Standing Committee to the Bern Convention, whose membership has been renewed last December, is going to held its first meeting in Strasbourg, on 31st March. The Bureau will ensure the follow-up of the decisions taken at the 34th Standing Committee meeting (2-5 December 2015), as well as review the implementation of the annual programme of activities, including discussion of complaints, monitoring of Recommendations, and progress on issues like the prevention and prosecution of wildlife crimes, the impact of climate change, the spread of invasive species. [26/03/2015]

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Award « Diversity advantage challenge » granted to Spanish Project

On Tuesday 24 March, the winner of the Council of Europe Diversity Advantage Challenge was designated by the members of jury of the challenge. The winner is XEIX, Fostering Intercultural relations around local businesses, Spain. The project aims to promote social cohesion through local retail (“0km” or next-door retail) organising retail merchants’ association into small cores of social and economic promotion. (more...) [25/03/2015]

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FOCUS: Cultural Heritage

6th Conference of Ministers of Heritage

A Conference of Ministers responsible for Cultural Heritage will be organised in Namur (Belgium) on 23 and 24 April 2015 in the context of the Belgian Chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe. The conference is aimed at defining the conditions for elaborating a European strategy for cultural heritage. This strategy, while confirming the role of heritage as the touchstone of European values, should also project heritage as the means of their transmission and the ideal tool for intercultural and intergenerational dialogue. [23/02/2015]


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