Ministerial Conference "The Kyiv Initiative and the Eastern Partnership – cooperation and synergies"
The Ministerial Conference
"The Kyiv Initiative and the Eastern Partnership – cooperation and synergies" took place in Yalta (Ukraine) from 26 to 27 May 2011. It was one of the first events to take place during the Ukrainian chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe. The Conference, organised by the Ministry of Culture of Ukraine with the support of the Council of Europe's Secretariat, discussed the role of culture and cultural heritage in fostering intercultural dialogue, social cohesion, the socio-economic development of communities, regional cooperation and international partnerships.
Ministers and Deputy Ministers of Culture from the South-Caucasus and Black Sea regions and neighbouring countries, together with representatives of the Council of Europe, the European Union and UNESCO discussed possible common strategies for preserving the cultural heritage. They took stock of the results achieved so far in the Kyiv Initiative, and recognised as a major success the development of transversal cooperation within their own governments at central and local levels, together with the increased collaboration between states in the region. Participants also acknowledged the importance of the Pilot Project on the
"Rehabilitation of cultural heritage in historic towns" as a new development model, based on heritage resources, and applying a participatory approach.
During the Conference, the Minister of Culture of Ukraine presented the Ukrainian version of the White Paper on Intercultural Dialogue. Another working session was devoted to the presentation of the Compendium of Cultural Policies and Trends in Europe, and its possible contribution to the Kyiv Initiative.
The five beneficiary countries gave a clear sign of their political interest and support in continuing their multilateral cooperation through the Kyiv Initiative, and expressed an interest in widening such cooperation to other countries such as Belarus and Lithuania. Above all, they stressed the need to develop cooperation between the Eastern Partnership and the Kyiv Initiative processes.