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Headline news ... (05/02/2016)


First Intercultural Cities meeting in Jordan

A meeting was held in Amman (Jordan) on 1st February with representatives from 13 interested cities in Jordan, as well as managers of the Ministry of Municipal Affairs to discuss the possible involvement of Jordanian cities in the Intercultural Cities programme, with the support of the South programme II, a joint action of the Council of Europe and of the European Union. (more...) [27/01/2016]


The Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe presented as sustainable and accessible cultural destinations at the European Commission - ETIS Conference in Brussels

On the 28 January 2016, the European Commission DG GROW organised a conference on Managing and promoting sustainable and accessible tourism destinations in the frame of the European Tourism Indicator System (ETIS). Carlo CORAZZA, Head of Tourism, Emerging and Creative Industries, DG GROW delivered the Opening Remarks. Cinzia De MARZO (DG GROW, ETIS) and Antonella CORRERA, DG GROW COSME, delivered Keynote Speeches. Panels were organised around themes pertaining to principles, tools and good practices relating to sustainable and accessible tourism in Europe as well as technical sessions on the testing of the ETIS methodology and implementation. More than 250 practitioners attended the event. (more...) [05/02/2016]


Launch of the new website of the Intercultural Cities

The Intercultural Cities programme has launched its new website. The website has been entirely updated to make a wider audience aware of the programme’s approach to the management of cultural diversity in cities. The new web site has an improved navigation and better structured information. You will find information about activities organised by the Intercultural Cities programme, city profiles and Intercultural cities INDEX reports, good practice examples of intercultural approach in a range of policy fields which could facilitate the development of intercultural strategies, as well as the modalities for joining the Intercultural Cities network. You can also follow all the Intercultural Cities news on Twitter and Facebook. [18/01/2016]


3rd Steering Committee meeting of the EU-CoE JP Emerald Network Phase II

The 3rd Steering Committee meeting of the EU-CoE JP Emerald Network Phase II (2013-2016), targeting Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, the Republic of Moldova, Ukraine and the Russian Federation, will be held in Strasbourg on 14 January. The project aims at setting up an ecological network of areas of special conservation interest in order to ensure the long-term survival of the species and habitats of European importance under the Bern Convention. The Steering Committee will review the achievements of the project’s objectives, the lessons learnt by the 7 target countries, and the outcomes of the biogeographical seminars. It will also plan activities for 2016 and discuss the future of the Joint Project after its end in October 2016. The Steering Committee will bring together national authorities and project leaders of the seven target countries, as well as representatives of the Council of Europe and of the European Commission. [08/01/2016]


Effectiveness of art exhibitions and cultural events as tools for communicating Council of Europe values

A first brainstorming on the effectiveness of art exhibitions and cultural events as tools for communicating Council of Europe values took place on 18 December at the Council of Europe Office in Brussels. New formats and dissemination platforms were examined in view of shaping culture’s contribution to building inclusive societies and fighting radicalisation. [21/12/2015]

FOCUS: Biodiversity

Launch of the promotional video of the Bern Convention

The Biodiversity Unit (DGII) is delighted to announce the launch of its new promotional video presenting the Convention on the Conservation of European Wildlife and Natural Habitats (Bern Convention). The video, realised in motion graphics, uses very concise and easy-to-understand language targeting the general public but also policy makers and any other stakeholder that may be originally unaware of the importance of this key Council of Europe’s convention. Enjoy and spread it around without restraints! [18/12/2015]



Video of the month
2nd Council of Europe Platform Exchange on Culture and Digitisation, 4-5 September 2015, Linz, Austria

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