Pilot Project on the Rehabilitation of Cultural Heritage in Historic Towns
In accepting the General Reference Framework on the Pilot Project for Rehabilitation of Cultural Heritage in Historic Towns, the five participating countries have confirmed their will to explore new methods for drawing up and implementing urban development projects, substituting a centralised decision-making system with a local dynamic relying on high participation from the inhabitants.
The Pilot Project takes place within a multidisciplinary and political framework, involving the different partner institutions in the pilot dimension of the project, which makes it possible to explore and test new approaches and methods in matters of direct concern to the public authorities. Each stage proposed within the Pilot Project will improve the existing general operational arrangements in order to develop the capacity of the institutions to ensure the management of complex projects.
The Pilot Project therefore helps to amend existing policies, making State and local authority practices more effective by directly influencing the legislative and regulatory framework, while reinforcing the role of the local population and civil society in the decision-making process, and enabling the replication of the process on a larger scale.
The various (but provisional) steps of the Preliminary and Operational phases will necessarily evolve during the course of the Pilot Project, according to the experience gained in the field. These steps are set out below, and will be linked to available documents and additional information provided by the five participating member states.
Preliminary phase (2010-2011) – status: underway
Coordination and management structures
Memorandum of Understanding - Interministerial Commission