Democratic governance

We believe in diversity as a force for democracy and encourage dialogue as a means of building peace.


Our vision reflects the values of a democratic, dynamic, integrated and creative European society.


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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3rd Council of Europe Platform Exchange on Culture and Digitisation "Culture 4D: Digitisation, Data, Disruptions, Diversity"

The third Platform Exchange on the impact of digitisation on culture was held in Tallinn, Estonia from 29-30 September, as part of the Estonian Chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe. Discussions focused on Small Europe - Big Data: towards the common good, and Means to empowerment and cultural participation - enhancing the Internet of Citizens. A proposal has been made to draw up a charter on the Internet of Citizens, in follow-up to the earlier Recommendation on the Internet of Citizens adopted in February 2016 by the Committee of Ministers. (more...) [30/09/2016]


Final event of the EU/CoE Joint Programme "Emerald Network of nature protection sites, Phase II"

On 4-5 October in Minsk, the Bern Convention organises a Conference titled “Reaching concerted site conservation at pan-European level: progress, challenges and future of the Emerald Network”. The event, which marks the end of the current EU/CoE Joint Programme “Emerald Network of nature protection sites, Phase II”, will gather policy makers and practitioners responsible for biodiversity conservation at the European, national and local levels, as well as civil society and the scientific community. (more...) [29/09/2016]


National policies for the implementation of the European Landscape Convention: challenges and opportunities

The 18th Council of Europe Meeting of the Workshops for the implementation of the European Landscape Convention on “National policies for the implementation of the European Landscape Convention: challenges and opportunities” is being organised in Yerevan, Amenia, on 5-6 October 2016, by the Council of Europe – Directorate of Democratic Governance, Secretariat of the European Landscape Convention – in co-operation with the Ministry of Urban Development of Armenia, within the context of the Work Programme of the European Landscape Convention of the Council of Europe. (more...) [29/09/2016]


Meeting in Venice on the Framework Convention on the Value of Cultural Heritage for Society (the Faro Convention), 22-23 September 2016

Various member States, local and national Italian stakeholders, international experts, Mrs Luisella Pavan-Woolfe (Director of the Council of Europe Office in Venice) and Mrs Antonia Pasqua Recchia (Secretary General of the Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities and Tourism) participated in a meeting in Venice to discuss good practice examples of how member States can implement the principles of the Faro Convention. (more...) [26/09/2016]


Three new member States for the EPA on Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe

The Enlarged Partial Agreement on Cultural Routes (EPA) welcomed three new member States so for this year: Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Georgia recently acceded to EPA, which now comprises 27 member states. Poland and Finland requested Observer status during 2016 with a view to a possible future accession in 2017. Following the EPA Governing Board (April 2016), the Fortified Towns of the Greater Region network was certified, becoming the 32nd Cultural Route of the Council of Europe. (more...) [15/09/2016]


Annual meeting of the Intercultural Cities coordinators - Reykjavik, 15-16 September 2016

The annual meeting of the Intercultural Cities (ICC) coordinators brought together the representatives of the 100 cities that are member of the ICC programme for an exchange on front-line challenges linked to the present migratory situation, as well as for building bilateral and multilateral connections, undertaking common initiatives, and further developing urban policies that fit in the promotion of inclusive integration. (more...) [07/09/2016]

FOCUS: Cultural heritage

European Heritage Days 2016: Celebrating the people behind the places

As custodians of local traditions, histories and values, Heritage Communities are the living transmission of Europe’s cultural richness. Under the pan-European theme of “Heritage and Communities”, this year’s EHD events will bring together 50 European countries in a celebration of citizens’ roles in promoting and sharing common European heritage. Throughout Europe, more than 50000 national and local events, many of them free of charge, will celebrate Europe’s true treasure – its communities and the people behind the places. Museums, galleries, historic archives, libraries and many other places will be brought into the spotlight to encourage active participation in heritage conservation and interpretation. (more...) [15/09/2016]


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