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We strive towards a Europe where the diversity of cultures, the arts, and cultural and natural heritage are essential to the development of a genuine openness of mind and basic rights, and where open and interactive processes and practices of culture encompass different elements that combine to help us deal with the complexities of living with ourselves and one another. (more...)


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The Desertas Nature Reserve (Portugal) becomes the 73rd area awarded the European Diploma of Protected Areas

On 2 July 2014, the Desertas Nature Reserve (Portugal) was awarded the European Diploma of Protected Areas. This recognition acknowledges the European significance of the area which harbours a large number of endemic, threatened or vulnerable species of flora and fauna and has unique and remarkable landscapes. The Desertas Nature Reserve is composed of three Macaronesian islands of volcanic origin with great ecological importance at both the regional and European level. Desertas Nature Reserve is the 73rd area to get this prestigious recognition which, at the same time, places the area under the supervision of the Council of Europe as stated in the Committee of Ministerís Resolution CM/ResDip(2014)1. [16/07/2014]


First Platform Exchange on Culture and Digitisation "Creating an enabling environment for digital culture and for empowering citizens"

The First Platform Exchange on Culture and Digitisation was kindly hosted by the Azerbaijani authorities in Baku, 4-5 July 2014, within the framework of their Chairmanship of the Council of Europeís Committee of Ministers. It was organised in follow-up to a request by European Ministers of Culture at their 10th Conference in 2013 (Moscow) to set up a platform for exchange on the impact of digitisation on culture and to prepare policy orientation papers on promoting the democratic governance of culture in the digital context. [07/07/2014]

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HEREINís cooperation in the Joint Programming Initiative on cultural heritage (JPI-CH)

HEREIN is cooperating in the Joint Programming Initiative on cultural heritage (JPI-CH) which provides a framework within which member States and associated countries jointly address areas where public research programmes can provide responses to major societal challenges. The Council of Europe, in its capacity as member of the Advisory Board, has been involved in the JPI-CH since 2011. The partnership template proposed by the Netherlands (acting as "project manager" to increase collaboration with IGOs and NGOs) was presented by the Council of Europe Secretariat in June, confirming HEREIN as a partner. The JPI-CHís "coordination and support action" which is backed up the European Commission is scheduled to end in March 2015, although the partners will look for ways to continue activities beyond this date. [10/07/2014]

Contact: Ms Cristina Sabbioni, JPI-CH Coordinator.


C4i Second Coordination Meeting

C4i-Communication for Integration organised its second coordination meeting in Brussels from 26 to 27 June. Participants from the 11 C4i cities participated in the meeting, along with the consultants and the C4i team in the Council of Europe. The second meeting aimed to follow-up the development of the local antirumours campaigns in each city, and to pay attention to communicative tools and training sessions. (more...) [30/06/2014]

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5th meeting of the Bureau of the Steering Committee for Culture, Heritage and Landscape (CDCPP)

The Bureau of the CDCPP held its 5th meeting in the Paris offices of the Council of Europe from 24-25 June 2014. The Bureau reviewed the working programme of the Steering Committee and also discussed the next stages, in order to highlight the activities relating to culture, heritage and landscape with regard to the aims of the Council of Europe. [25/06/2014]

Draft agenda

FOCUS: Cultural Heritage

New website for the European Heritage Days

Graphical improvements, easy navigation, structured content, documents and resources made more accessible: the European Heritage Days website has changed its image to offer a better service to users. This new site has as its objective to be more ergonomic and more attractive, it is hoped that it will also be a useful work tool. It will constantly be changed, new information will be added regularly. Do not hesitate to share your comments and suggestions at You can also follow the activities of the European Heritage Days on Twitter and Facebook. [27/06/2014]


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