Democratic governance

We believe in diversity as a force for democracy and encourage dialogue as a means of building peace.


Our vision reflects the values of a democratic, dynamic, integrated and creative European society.


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...)


Headline news ... (07/07/2016)


Support of the European Cultural Foundation to the Indicator Framework on Culture and Democracy

The European Cultural Foundation (ECF) in Amsterdam announced its support to the Council of Europe’s innovative Indicator Framework on Culture and Democracy (IFCD). The support will be directed to the development of an online tool that enables countries to explore their position and policy opportunities in culture and democracy. [07/07/2016]


Call for Entries: European Union Prize for Cultural Heritage / Europa Nostra Awards

The European Union Prize for Cultural Heritage / Europa Nostra Awards is Europe’s highest honour in the heritage field. It recognises the best restoration projects; the most impressive research; the most dedicated heritage professionals and volunteers; and the finest awareness raising, training and educational programmes. Architects, craftsmen, cultural heritage experts, professionals and volunteers, public and private institutions, and local communities: this is your chance to win the top heritage award in Europe! In 2017, up to 30 heritage achievements from all over Europe will be awarded. Of those, 7 projects will receive a Grand Prix and €10,000 each; one will be granted the Public Choice Award, chosen through an online poll conducted by Europa Nostra. All the winners will be celebrated at the European Heritage Awards Ceremony which will take place in June 2017 in Turku, Finland. Submit your project and share your success across Europe and beyond! (more...) [22/06/2016]


World Refugee Day: "Share our cities – Share the future"

The Intercultural Cities (ICCs) are working hard on ensuring inclusive integration and equal rights and opportunities for the people that chose Europe as host continent, after being uprooted because of conflicts and instability in their own countries. On 20 June, the 99 cities which are member of the Intercultural Cities network jointly celebrated the World Refugee Day through a dedicated campaign under the slogan “Share our cities – Share the future”. The campaign aims to promote migrants as a resource for local economic, social and cultural development, rather than threat or a burden for the host society. (more...) [22/06/2016]


Luxembourg ratifies the Convention for the Protection of the Architectural Heritage of Europe

On 14 June, the Permanent Representative of Luxembourg has transmitted to the Secretary General of the Council of Europe the instrument of ratification of the Convention for the Protection of the Architectural Heritage of Europe (the Granada Convention), with entry into force in respect of Luxembourg on 1 October 2016. The main purpose of the Convention is to reinforce and promote policies for the conservation and enhancement of Europe's heritage. It also affirms the need for European solidarity with regard to heritage conservation and is designed to foster practical co-operation among the Parties. It establishes the principles of "European co-ordination of conservation policies" including consultations regarding the thrust of the policies to be implemented. [15/06/2016]

FOCUS: Cultural Heritage

2018 proposed to be the European Year of Cultural Heritage

At European Culture Forum held in Brussels on 19th April 2016, a special public announcement was made by European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport Tibor Navracsics. Emphasizing the importance of protecting and preserving cultural heritage, Mr. Navracsics confirmed that European Commission is to present a proposal to make 2018 the European Year of Cultural Heritage. (more...) [25/04/2016]


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