Culture, Heritage and Diversity


Pavia, crossroads of Europe


The Institute has just come back from Pavia, where on 7-9 June the European Commission held the first of a new concept of “Crossroads of Europe” conferences and mini-fairs on cultural routes.


Four Council of Europe cultural routes were invited directly by the Commission as they cross Pavia: the Via Francigena, the Route of Saint Martin of Tours, the Cluny sites and the new route of Casa dei Sites. The EICR presented other routes to illustrate the diversity of the Council of Europe's programme: Iter Vitis, The route of Jewish heritage, the Mozart Ways, the Route of the Olive Tree, the Phoenician’s Route, the Prehistoric Rock Art Trail, the Route of Thermal heritage and towns, Transromanica and the Route of Cistercian Abbeys.


I spoke on the theme of "Cultural Routes, more than just just tourism", and Anne Brasseur, author of a Parliamentary Assembly report on the religious dimension of Intercultural dialogue, was also a guest speaker on the religious dimension of intercultural dialogue. A presentation of the action in the framework of the joint programme was made by our experts, and we showed the new exhibition of the 24 cultural routes in the Castello Visconteo. The opening day was concluded by the Vice-President of the European Commission and Commissioner for Enterprise and Industry Antonio Tajani.


This was a great opportunity to showcase the routes and the Council of Europe’s programme to professionals and the public.