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Intercultural Cities model endorsed by 47 States  

The Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe adopted on 21 January 2015 a Recommendation CM (2015)/1 on Intercultural integration. Based on the knowledge and experience of the Intercultural cities programme, the Recommendation endorses the intercultural approach to diversity and inclusion as it remedies the shortcomings of past policies and enables the realisation of the advantages of diversity. The Committee of Ministers acknowledges that cities are laboratories for policy innovation which can make an important contribution to social cohesion by adopting the intercultural approach. The Recommendation invites cities to make use of Step by step: Practical guide for applying the urban model of intercultural integration and asks states to take the urban model of intercultural integration into account when revising and further developing national migrant integration policies. [22/01/2015]


Visibility and communication of the Council of Europe’s cultural routes

Monday 26 January, at the Council of Europe offices in Paris, students completing their Master 2 studies in management of communication at the CELSA (Paris Sorbonne) presented their work on the visibility and communication of the Council of Europe’s cultural routes. The results of their research were given to the routes managers, who will be able to use them in their own communication strategies. This cooperation was organised by the European Institute of Cultural Routes in Luxembourg with the CELSA, and with the support of the French Ministry for Culture, in the framework of the Institute’s work with European universities in all the areas linked to cultural routes design and management. [28/01/2015]


Indicators: culture’s contribution to democracy

The European Cultural Foundation (ECF) in Amsterdam is partnering from 2015 on the Council of Europe’s novel work on indicators to assess culture’s contribution to democracy and the economic efficiency of financing culture. The work has been initiated by European Ministers of Culture and the research is carried out by the Hertie School of Governance and a consortium of leading experts in the field. For further information, please contact [22/01/2015]


Workshop on "Roma as a political subject: Between Citizenship Status, National Minority and Vulnerable Group"

The European Academic Network on Romani Studies holds a workshop on "Roma as a political subject: Between Citizenship Status, National Minority and Vulnerable Group" in Bucharest (Romania), on 10-11 February 2015. It will bring together researchers and representatives of Roma NGOs with authorities from the local, national and European level and Members of Parliament. The event is part of a series of workshops organized to bridge the gap between academia and policy makers. [22/01/2015]



Diversity advantage challenge: the 5 finalists

On 27 November, the Jury of the "Diversity advantage challenge" pre-selected 15 initiatives from the 63 applications received during its first deliberation. In mid-January, during a second round of deliberations, the Jury has brought them down to 5 finalists presented below (in alphabetical order of countries): Ordinary Heroes (Bosnia and Herzegovina); Diversity in action: inhabitants build a new dynamic in their own neighbourhood! (France); NDM –for more diversity in the media (Germany); Festival O Bairro i o Mundo (Portugal); XEIX, Fostering intercultural relations around local businesses,(Spain). This final round will involve an interview with the Jury which will take place on 24 March in Strasbourg, France. The winner will be announced at prize-giving ceremony which will be held in the framework of the Plenary session of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe. [15/01/2015]

FOCUS: Cultural Heritage

HEREIN: 25 National Reports published

The active engagement of the National Coordinators has so far led to the publication of 25 heritage policy reports ( The Secretariat is in contact with a dozen other National Coordinators who are actively working on their reports. Participants in the 10th Annual Meeting of HEREIN National Coordinators meeting held in Mons, Belgium on 19-20 November 2014 agreed on a common “road map”, fixing as one of their objectives to publish or update all the national reports of the 41 participating countries by March 2015. [09/12/2014]


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Stones that talk, a rehabilitation and education programme for stone structures

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