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Luxembourg, 28-29 April: Bureau and Governing Board of the Enlarged Partial Agreement on Cultural Routes (EPA)

Representatives of the EPA’s Governing Board will meet at the Abbaye de Neumünster in Luxembourg on Tuesday and Wednesday 28-29 April. Assisted by the European Institute of Cultural Route, members will take decisions on the certification of new 7 routes (Robert Louis Stevenson, the Chocolate Way, Charles V, Roman Emperors and Wine along the Danube, Le Corbusier, Napoleonic Heritage and the Columban Way). They will also hold exchanges of views with the European Union (Tourism Unit, DG-Growth) and the coordinator of the Cultural Routes Taskforce (Inger Harlevi, manager of the Hansa Route). The Institute will present its new website to member states on this occasion. [24/04/2015]


Ministers to define future heritage strategy

23-24 April, Namur (Belgium) – European ministers responsible for cultural heritage will be meeting to adopt guidelines for a European heritage strategy for the 21st century, at the 6th Conference of Ministers responsible for Cultural Heritage, entitled: Cultural heritage in the 21st century for living better together. Towards a common strategy for Europe. Held in the framework of the Belgian Chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe, the Conference will involve ministers from the 50 States party to the European Cultural Convention. The aims of the strategy are to: protect and foster cultural heritage, promote good governance and participation in heritage identification and management, and disseminate innovative approaches to improving the environment and quality of life of European citizens. The European Commission, UNESCO and ICCROM (International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property) will also take part in the conference. [22/04/2015]


European Academic Network on Romani Studies (RAN) final showcase event

The event scheduled on 22 April at the European Youth Centre in Strasbourg will bring together more than 50 leading researchers in the field of Romani Studies, NGOs and representatives of relevant policy making bodies to discuss “The contribution of academic research to Policies for Roma inclusion”. The showcase will also be an occasion to highlight the main achievements and legacy of the Joint Programme (2011-2015), such as the Romani Studies database of expertise gathering more than 390 Roma experts in 40 countries worldwide..



Critique and Crisis, in Image and Idea

The final symposium on the 30th Council of Europe Art Exhibition project, “The Desire for Freedom. Art in Europe since 1945”, will take place at the Musées royaux des Beaux-Arts de Belqique, Brussels on 16-17 April 2015.


Revision of the European Convention on Cinematographic Co-production

On 31 March, following a two-day plenary meeting, the States Party to the European Convention on Cinematographic Co-production (CPP-CINE) agreed on a revised text for this Convention. This revised text will ensure that the Convention, which regulates European cinematographic co-productions, is fully relevant for today’s industry, bringing it into line with new technologies, the different funding possibilities now available and other changes to industry practice. It is hoped that the Convention will enter into force at the start of 2016, thereby replacing the original version which had stood the test of time for the past twenty-two years but which urgently needed updating. The revised text also allows for the opening up of the Convention to non-European countries. [02/04/2015]

FOCUS: Cultural Heritage

6th Conference of Ministers of Heritage

A Conference of Ministers responsible for Cultural Heritage will be organised in Namur (Belgium) on 23 and 24 April 2015 in the context of the Belgian Chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe. The conference is aimed at defining the conditions for elaborating a European strategy for cultural heritage. This strategy, while confirming the role of heritage as the touchstone of European values, should also project heritage as the means of their transmission and the ideal tool for intercultural and intergenerational dialogue. [23/02/2015]


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