Culture, Heritage and Diversity

IRPP/SAAH: Ljubljana Process


The impact of the IRPP/SAAH (Interactive Application) and the possibilities created by the European Commission led to the launch of the final phase of the IRPP/SAAH, known as the "Ljubljana process: Funding heritage rehabilitation in South-East Europe", during the conference organised by the Slovenian EU Presidency ("New Paradigms, New Models – Culture in the EU External Relations") on 13-15 May 2008 in Ljubljana.


The general IRPP/SAAH objectives remained the same (institutional capacity building, promotion of the countries’ development strategies, and the support of public awareness, education and professional training), but more specifically, the "Ljubljana Process" concentrated on a limited number of "Consolidated Projects" in order to explore and set up new funding strategies in the countries. These strategies concentrate on the mobilisation of public and private resources and their incorporation into regional economic development plans. This phase of the project has already allowed most monuments and sites on the PIL to apply for funding. Heritage thus placed at the core of community development initiatives, has persuaded local populations facing economic uncertainly and social vulnerability, of its value and of the potential benefits of its revitalisation.


The Ljubljana process is based on various strategic objectives and an information/awareness campaign on the economic value of heritage, as well as its role in sustainable local development. Between 2008 and 2010 a series of concrete actions is being implemented :


Technical/professional activities to complete the Consolidated Projects;

Assistance to the creation of institutional conditions for fund raising;

Consolidation of the professional, institutional and political conditions for future public/private investments;

Research on possible new uses for historic monuments, and preservation and enhancement measures for the archaeological sites;

Follow-up of the implementation conditions of the rehabilitation projects;

Strengthening skills through professional training, specifically for restoration specialists, including managers and craftsmen;

Technical or legal assistance to beneficiaries in order to develop the long-term IRPP/SAAH methodology with the support of the specialised NGOs;

Continuation of the "Plaques" project, awarding the rehabilitation projects identified as priorities;

Presentation of the Ljubljana Process through regular events at national and international levels.


During its chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe, Slovenia was eager to increase its contribution to the success of the IRPP/SAAH by hosting the conference "Rehabilitating our Common Heritage" on 6 and 7 November 2009. Together with the associated exhibition, the richness and diversity of the heritage in South-East Europe and the considerable impact of the IRPP/SAAH have been underlined, leading to the adoption of the Ljubljana declaration. The Ljubljana Process should be a significant contribution to regional cooperation which, once institutionalised, will reinforce the regional forums, increase the means of action for developing initiatives in the field of cultural policies and support the notion of sustainable economic and social development, especially through the enhancement of the cultural and natural heritage.





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