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Presentation of the Herein 3 database

The new Herein 3 database presented on 19 December 2011, has been designed in line with Article 14 of the Faro Convention which encourages the development of the "use of digital technology to enhance access to cultural heritage and the benefits which derive from it". The new database will provide an overview of heritage policies in Europe and promote exchange of good practice. For the first time, states will be able to enter and update data on their heritage policies directly; allow the public to retrieve, analyse and compare data on the different European heritage policies and enable follow-up of the CoE heritage conventions (via targeted case-studies). The new Herein 3 tool was made possible thanks to generous contributions from Austria, Azerbaijan, Belgium, Finland, France, Monaco, the Netherlands, Norway, Slovenia, Sweden and Switzerland. [19/12/2011]

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Cultural Policy Review of Turkey

Experts and Turkish officials met in Paris on 13 December to exchange on latest developments in the Cultural Policy Review of Turkey and plan the next stage of this review, including the possibility of holding a Cultural Policy Seminar in spring 2012. [15/12/2011]

 

Meeting of the Scientific Committee of the European Academic Network on Romani Studies

The second meeting of the Scientific Committee of the European Academic Network on Romani Studies took place in Brussels on 14 December 2012. The meeting was focused on organisational issues of the network and presentations of the managers of the European Commission in Roma and Roma-related areas. [15/12/2011]

 

The European Dimension of Heritage Days Events

A meeting on The European Dimension of Heritage Days Events was held in Strasbourg from 11 to 12 December 2011. Different European Dimension events were analysed and proposed for the 2012 European Heritage Days. [13/12/2011]

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Informal consultation meeting of the Chairs and Vice-Chairs of CDCULT and CDPATEP

In preparation for the first session of the new Steering Committee for Culture, Heritage and Landscape (CDCPP) in 2012, an informal consultation meeting of the Chairs and Vice-Chairs of CDCULT and CDPATEP took place in Paris office on 12 December 2011. Members of the Secretariat and Committee delegates discussed the new CDCPP's main tasks, CoE's intervention instruments, structures and working methods and the practical steps for the preparations of the first plenary session 2012. [13/12/2011]

 

Cultural Policy Review of the Russian Federation

In the framework of the Cultural Policy Review of the Russian Federation, the 1st experts visit to the regions of Ulyanovsk and Mari El, as well to Moscow, took place from 4th to 9th December 2011. The review will focus on three intersecting themes: (i) Diversity, Cohesion and the Social Value of Culture; (ii) Infrastructure (including 'non-material' infrastructure and also provision, access and participation issues); (iii) Contemporary Cultural Production and Cultural Industries as well as two cross-cutting issues of Governance and Cohesion.  [09/12/2011]

 

Award Ceremony for the prizewinners of the XVIth International Heritage Photographic Experience "Landscape and Heritage" (IHPE)

The Award Ceremony for the prizewinners of the XVIth International Heritage Photographic Experience "Heritage and Landscape" (IHPE) took place on 5 December 2010 in the Palais de l’Europe, Council of Europe. Young people from 36 countries from several continents took part to this edition of the IHPE. This initiative, launched by Spain, Generalitat of Catalonia, has had the support of the Council of Europe for many years and takes place in the context of the working programme of the European Landscape Convention. It helps young people become familiar with the value of their heritage in the landscape. [06/12/2011]

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Call for applications: Long Term Consultant to be based in Pristina

Under the second phase of Joint Programme "EU/CoE Support to the Promotion of Cultural Diversity in Kosovo"*, the Division of Heritage, Technical Assistance and Joint Actions with the EU is looking for a Long Term Consultant to assist the project team in Pristina and the General Secretariat in Strasbourg in the implementation of the programme of activities. The contract should be for 30 months, from 15 April 2012 to 14 October 2014. The deadline for the submission of the applications is 18 December 2011. [21/11/2011]

Call for applications

 

31st meeting of the Standing Committee of the Bern Convention

The Convention on the Conservation of European Wildlife and Natural Habitats (Bern Convention), held the annual meeting of its Committee of the Parties (Standing Committee) on 29 November to 2 December 2011 in Strasbourg. This year, the Standing Committee to the Bern Convention debated more particularly how to enhance its contribution to the new UN global targets on halting biodiversity loss by 2020, but also preventing illegal killing of wild birds. The impact of climate change on marine biodiversity, the sustainable management of biodiversity in European islands, and the eradication of exotic species that pose a threat to European flora and fauna and to human health were also discussed. [02/12/2011]

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MARS National Media Encounter about Journalism & Media Training & Literacy

The 1st National Media Encounter of the MARS Programme about Journalism & Media Training & Literacy takes place in Bologna (Italy) from 30 November to 3rd December 2011. These encounters allow trainers and educators to develop and to have access to pedagogical and methodological tools for journalism training and media literacy in order to allow journalism students and journalists to considering non discrimination and expression of diversity as an ongoing angle of media coverage. (more...) [02/12/2011]

 

Autumn Harvest Festival

In the context of the PCDK and more specifically the Regional Economic Development component an annual Autumn Harvest Festival too place in Gjakovë/Djakovica, Pejë/Peć, Klinë/Klina, Istog/Istog, Deçan/Dečane and Junik from 25 to 27 November. The aim of the event was to bring together involved municipalities and communities to explore opportunities to promote cultural tourism in the region. (more...) [29/11/2011]

 

CultureWatchEurope 2011 Think tank - Cultural Governance: from challenges to changes

A small number of high-ranking policy makers, leading thinkers and practitioners in the cultural sector met in Bled (Slovenia) on 11-12 November and considered ideas and practices in responsible cultural policy making - especially the role of the state in ‘cultural governance’. The event was hosted by the Ministry of Culture of Slovenia and was the third in a series of Council of Europe CultureWatchEurope events. [14/11/2011]

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Evaluation form

 

Group of Experts on Conservation of Amphibians and Reptiles (Marine turtles)

The 4th Mediterranean Conference on Marine Turtles took place in Naples from 7 to 11 November 2011. Three international Convention supported this Conference: Barcelona Convention, Bonn Convention - Convention of Migratory Species and the Bern Convention on European Wildlife. It was organised by the Stazione Zoologica Anton Dohrn (SZN) in collaboration with the Regional Activity Centre for Specially Protected Areas (RAC/SPA). (more...) [14/11/2011]

 

National Media Encounter about Ethics & Editorial Management

The 1st National Media Encounter of the MARS Programme about Ethics & Editorial Management took place in Lille (France) from 14 to 15 November. These encounters will allow prospective and in-service journalists and media professionals to include non discrimination and expression of diversity in their proper professional ethics and to consider non discrimination and expression of diversity as an ongoing angle of media coverage in editorial management. [14/11/2011]

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2nd Thesaurus Editorial Team meeting

The 2nd Thesaurus Editorial Team meeting was held in Paris on 4 November 2011. During this meeting, the new Thesaurus and its hosting, new terms and the financial situation were discussed. [08/11/2011]

Meeting report

 

Evidence for the Diversity Advantage!

The Intercultural Cities programme organises its second research meeting that took place in Brussels on 7-8 November to look for evidence proving the diversity advantage. Diversity advantage means that cultural diversity in modern cities can - if managed properly - serve as asset for the development of the cities. In order to ensure a larger-scale implementation and target Mayors who are not yet convinced of the the diversity advantage, the programme is co-operating with researchers to collect evidence. Academic research that proofs qualitatively the correlation between intercultural urban strategies and the cities’ innovation capacity and economic success will be examined. Intercultural strategies of cities are exemplified by the Intercultural cities INDEX statistics. [08/11/2011]

 

Council of Europe 2011 Landscape Award goes to the Municipality of Carbonia, Italy

The Joint Committee of the Municipality of Carbonia (Italy) "The Carbonia project : the landscape machine" has received the Council of Europe Landscape Award. In the framework of the Landscape Convention, three special mentions go to the Ekopolis Foundation (Slovakia) "The grant programmes for local communities to shape their surroundings into a place where they are happy to live", the Generalitat of Catalonia and Landscape Observatory of Catalonia (Spain) "The project of education and awareness raising : city, territory, landscape" and the Durham Heritage Coast Partnership (United Kingdom). The Award and the special mentions were officially presented by the representative of the Council of Europe Secretary General on the occasion of the 10th Meeting of the Council of Europe Workshops for the implementation of the European Landscape Convention (Evora, 20-21 October 2011). [28/10/2011]

 

Think Tank "Schools as intercultural communities: Towards indicators for successful intercultural education"

25 school heads and teachers from 13 Intercultural Cities and from Nottingham met on 4-7 October in Oslo (Norway) to discuss existing practice and work results in the field of intercultural education. At the end of a series of interactive working sessions, the participants produced a list of indicators for successful intercultural education which will be tested in the coming months by other practitioners before being finalised. (more...) [26/10/2011]

 

SPARDA: 1st MEDIA Cross-Production Session

From October 2011 to January 2012, 7 European cities will host the "MEDIA Cross-Production Sessions" organised within the framework of the SPARDA Project. During the sessions, media professionals will produce a media report with other journalists which they will broadcast in their own media or other media of their choice. The first session took place in Limassol (Cyprus) on 19-21 October. [21/10/2011]

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Results of the Session in Limassol

 

10th Meeting of the Workshops for the implementation of the European Landscape Convention

The 10th workshop for the implementation of the European Landscape Convention was held in Evora (Portugal) on 20-21 October 2011. Four Workshops analysed the following themes: ‘The cultural dimension of the landscape, for a new approach of the territory’; ‘The ecological and environmental dimensions of the landscape, for harmonious territories’; ‘The social and economic dimensions of the landscape, a potential for well-being and development’; ‘Landscape governance: a common good and a collective interest’. The Landscape Award of the Council of Europe was given on this occasion. Around 120 participants from numerous countries participated at the event. (more...) [21/10/2011]

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Cultural Policy Review of the Russian Federation

Stakeholders from the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation, the Regional Governments of Omsk, Ulyanovsk and Mari El, Russian and International researchers and the CoE Secretariat launched on 3 October a novel Cultural Policy Review exercise. It will focus on three intersecting themes: (i) Diversity, Cohesion and the Social Value of Culture; (ii) Infrastructure (including 'non-material' infrastructure and also provision, access and participation issues); (iii) Contemporary Cultural Production and Cultural Industries as well as two cross-cutting issues of Governance and Cohesion. The project will run in 2011/12, providing input towards a Conference of Ministers of Culture, planned for November 2012 in Moscow. [14/10/2011]

 

World Cultural Policy Information system launched

The international database of cultural policies modelled on the Council of Europe/ERICarts Compendium of Cultural Policies and Trends in Europe was unveiled on 3rd October in Melbourne, at the 5th IFACCA World Summit. WorldCP profiles are compiled using a consistent format as developed by the European Compendium that covers key issues in arts and cultural policy including historical developments; decision-making processes; main objectives; current policy issues; legal frameworks; cultural institutions and partnerships; funding provisions; and support to creativity and participation. The WorldCP project has a 10-year horizon, is coordinated by IFACCA and supported by a number of international bodies and foundations. (more...) [14/10/2011]

 

MARS - First European Encounter in Belgium

From 11 to 14 October, around sixty Media Professionals met in Brussels for a Journalism & Media Training & Literacy Encounter. The objective was to allow trainers and educators to develop and to have access to pedagogical and methodological tools for journalism training and media literacy in order to allow journalism students and journalists to considering non discrimination and expression of diversity as an ongoing angle of media coverage. (more...) [14/10/2011]

 

2011 European Heritage Days Events

In the context of the European Heritage Days, the European Heritage Forums are annual international crossroads for all stakeholders involved in the interpretation, communication and dissemination of the cultural heritage. Such forums offer once a year an opportunity for dialogue among heritage professionals and professionals from other sectors of society. The 4th EHD Forum was held in Wrocław (Poland) on 11 October 2011 on the theme "Value the Heritage! European Heritage and Economic Development". (more...) [12/10/2011]

www.ehd.coe.int

 

Schools as intercultural communities

A Think-Tank bringing together school heads and teachers from 13 European Intercultural cities was held in Oslo on 4-7 October 2011. The aim was to establish a list of indicators for the development of intercultural competence across the curriculum. This encounter was a joint initiative of the Pestalozzi Programme for the Training of Education Professionals, the European Wergeland Centre, the City of Oslo, and the Intercultural Cities Programme, joint action of the CoE and the EU. (more...) [10/10/2011]

 

Intercultural Cities summer school

The Intercultural Cities summer school, 5-7 October 2011, organised with the City of Reggio Emilia (Italy) examined the Intercultural Cities INDEX and media and cultural diversity management. Three thematic workshops analysed language and multilinguism, intercultural mediation and second generation migrants, looking into local policy from an intercultural perspective. Several new cities joined the Italian Intercultural cities network on this occasion. [10/10/2011]

Draft programme

 

Council of Europe fact-finding mission to the town of Lorca (Spain)

A multidisciplinary team of international experts recently visited Lorca (from 3 to 5 October 2011), a historic city in southern Spain severely hit by the earthquake of 11 May 2011. Following this mission, the experts will present a report outlining an integrated rehabilitation strategy for the town, focusing on reinvestment in the town centre through housing and the promotion of heritage, and incorporating the Council of Europe’s guiding principles relating to urban development and democratic governance. (more...) [07/10/2011]

 

Launch of the Cultural Policy Review of the Russian Federation

A methodology and launch meeting on the Cultural Policy Review of the Russian Federation was held in Strasbourg on 3-4 October 2011. The aim was to finetune the novel methodology of the exercise that focuses on a number of regions and issues, and to decide on the implementation steps for the first phase of the project. This is the 30th CoE Cultural Policy Review exercise. [04/10/2011]

 

Regional Expert Meeting "Promoting the Right to Quality Education for Roma People"

Members of the European Academic Network on Romani Studies participated in the Regional Expert Meeting "Promoting the Right to Quality Education for Roma People" on 17-18 October in Belgrade (Serbia), organised by the Ministry of Education of Serbia in cooperation with UNESCO. The meeting aimed to foster regional cooperation and identify key areas of action in Roma education. (more...) Photo: ©UNESCO/A. AILINCAI [03/10/2011]

 

Roma Youth Conference

Representatives of the European Academic Network on Romani Studies of the Council of Europe participated to the information session of the Roma Youth Conference organised by the European Youth Center in Strasbourg from 26 to 30 September 2011. The aim of this participation was to introduce the project to the attendees and foster cooperation. [03/10/2011]

Conference webpage

 

Meeting of the Standing Committee of the European Convention for the protection of the Audiovisual Heritage

The 2nd meeting of the Standing Committee of the European Convention for the protection of the Audiovisual Heritage was held in Budapest on 24 September 2011. During this meeting, the European Convention for the Protection of the Audiovisual Heritage and its latest developments were presented. The digital conservation and restoration of audiovisual heritage was also discussed. [26/09/2011]

Agenda

 

3rd Meeting of the Group of Experts on Protected Areas and Ecological Networks

The Group of Experts on Protected Areas and Ecological Networks met in Strasbourg on 19-20 September 2011 for the third time. During this two-day meeting, experts on protected areas were informed on the state of play of Emerald Network constitution process. The experts also discussed the implementation of the Pan-European Ecological Network and most importantly, they debated on the possible options for its future development. [20/09/2011]

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European Academic Network on Romani Studies: The Secretary of the Network attends the Summit of Mayors on Roma

László Fosztó, the Secretary of the European Academic Network on Romani Studies attended the Summit of Mayors on Roma organised by the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe on 22 September in Strasbourg. The aim of his visit was to identify modalities the members of the Network could engage with the local authorities to deal more effectively with problems they encounter in their relationships with the Roma. [23/09/2011] (Photo: László Fosztó)

Summit website

 

1st National Media Encounters – Cross-Production for inclusive media coverage

The 1st National Media Encounters of the Coe/EU Joint Programme MARS took place in Vienna from 14 to 17 September 2011. These encounters want to encourage the emergence of production that contains real inclusive information. Duos of media professionals will be invited to co-produce written or audiovisual reports on sport, although not exclusively, taking non-discrimination and expression of diversity as angle of media coverage. (more...) [19/09/2011]

 

Inauguration of the Shabo Wine Museum during the European Heritage Days

The Ukrainian authorities have selected the Shabo Wine Museum to be opened for the first time to the public during the European Heritage Days (EHD). The Shabo Wine Museum was inaugurated on 17-18 September 2011. Mr Iukuridze as Director of the Shabo Winery, in cooperation with the Association of Culture and Tourism Exchange (ACTE), has invited the Council of Europe and the European Union to participate. The President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, a representative of UNESCO, as well as the Directors of wine museums from across Europe were present. An International Forum celebrating 'the European Dimension' of the EHD's took place in the Shabo premises on 18 September. (more...) [19/09/2011]

Programme

 

2011 Label for Council of Europe Cultural Events

The Council of Europe "Cultural Event" label recognises exceptional and innovative cultural and artistic projects which address key challenges of today’s European societies and convey strong messages related to the Council of Europe’s mission and values. The following projects have been awarded in 2011 with the "Cultural Event" label: 7th Festival Strasbourg-Mediterranean; One World Romania Human Rights Documentary Film Festival; Climate Walk; Call the Witness - 2nd Roma Pavillion at the Venice Biennial 2011. (more...) [15/09/2011]

2012: application form

 

European Heritage Days 2011: the "Hajde" Heritage Train Tour to Pejë/Pec

The "Hajde" Heritage Train Tour to Pejë/Pec ran from 17 September to 16 October 2011 (5 weeks) every Saturday and Sunday, departing from Pristina Train Station at 09:00 am. This "Discovering Heritage Tour" brought together members of all communities in a trip to Pejë/Pec on the occasion of the 2011 European Heritage Days in Kosovo*. (more...) [15/09/2011]

 

Discover our pages on Facebook!

By becoming fan of our Facebook pages, you will be regularly informed about the latest activities of the European Heritage Days (EHD), the European Heritage Network (HEREIN), the Compendium on cultural policies and trend in Europe, the Intercultural cities programme (ICC) and the European Media Network for Diversity and Intercultural Dialogue (MARS). Please don't hesitate to recommend these pages to your friends! [13/09/2011]

EHD Facebook page

HEREIN Facebook page

Compendium facebook page

ICC Facebook page

MARS Facebook group

 

European Heritage Days: 50 countries open rarely seen monuments

Over the coming month, more than 20 million people are expected to enjoy access to thousands of rarely opened sites and unique events as part of European Heritage Days, which take place every September in 50 countries across Europe. This locally-led initiative is supported by the European Commission and the Council of Europe, which promote awareness-raising at EU level. (more...) [09/09/2011]

Special file

 

Bureau of the Bern Convention's Standing Committee

The Bureau of the Bern Convention's Standing Committee met in Strasbourg on 9th September to review the implementation of the annual Programme of Activities, as well as to discuss the state of progress of the case-files and other complaints lodged, the strategic development of the Convention, and the follow-up of previous recommendations. [09/09/2011]

Special file

 

Intercultural cities programme: participation of Lisbon

On 8 September Robert Palmer, Director of Culture and Cultural and Natural Heritage of the Council of Europe, and Antonio Costa, Mayor of Lisbon, signed the agreement on the participation of Lisbon in the Intercultural cities programme. Then, they launched together the third edition of TODOS, Lisbon's intercultural festival. [09/09/2011]

 

European Day of Jewish Culture

The 12th edition of the European Day of Jewish Culture (EDJC) was celebrated on 4 September 2011 in more than 30 European countries. This year, the theme of the EDJC wass "Heritage and Modernity". [05/09/2011]

Website: www.jewisheritage.org

 

New MARS website

The new website of the Media Against Racism in Sport programme, a joint programme of the European Union and the Council of Europe is online. The MARS programme will create a European media network against racism and for intercultural dialogue as an open and permanent platform of dialogue and action between mainstream media and diversity and ethnic minority media. [12/08/2011]

www.coe.int/mars

 

European Academic Network on Romani Studies: The call for membership was launched

The Call for Membership for the European Academic Network on Romani Studies was launched on July 18, 2011. Members of the Scientific Community engaged in studying the culture and society of the Roma, and the specific problems Roma face all over Europe, are invited to join. Applicants are requested to complete an application form, attach their Curriculum Vitae (including the list of publications) and email them to the Secretary of the Network. New members will be included into the Network continuously. Details about eligibility and membership criteria can be found in the call. [25/07/2011]

Call for membership

Membership Application Form

 

European Conference on illegal killing of birds

The European Conference on illegal killing of birds was held on 6-8 July in Larnaca (Cyprus), in the framework of the Convention on the Conservation of European Wildlife and Natural Habitats (Bern Convention). The Conference has contributed to clearly identifying the extent of the problem; providing an overview of law enforcement mechanisms and examining options for supporting national authorities to enforce their legislation. [11/07/2011]

Special file

 

Fair of Colours, Sounds and Flavours in Mexico City

The Mexico City organised a Fair of Colours, Sounds and Flavours, entitled "Interculturality through your senses" from 9 to 14 August 2011. The Fair involved through the various activities offered in order to showcase the city's intercultural commitment. Mexico city is an associated member of the Intercultural Cities Network. [16/08/2011]

Website

 

Route of Roma Culture and Heritage

A meeting on the Route of Roma Culture and Heritage took place on 21 July in Montricoux (France), followed by the Second Festival on Roma Culture on 22 and 23 July 2011. [24/07/2011]

Programme of the Festival

 

1st Meeting of the Scientific Committee of the European Academic Network on Romani Studies

Members of the Scientific Committee of the European Academic Network on Romani Studies convened for the first time in Paris on 23 June 2011. The main points for the discussion included: defining the purpose and mission of the Network, establishing the criteria for the membership and the procedure for recruitment, organisation of the network and the mode of communication between the members, planned activities, as well as a calendar for these future activities. [19/07/2011]

Report

 

Entry into force of the Faro Convention on 1st June 2011

The European Framework Convention on the value of cultural heritage for society (Faro Convention) entered into force, 1 June 2011, following its 10th ratification by Georgia. "The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia" is the 12th state to ratify the Convention with effect from 1 September 2011 and other member states are encouraged to follow suit. The convention promotes the fundamental value of cultural heritage for European societies and for the first time considers cultural heritage as a main resource for the well-being of individuals, cultural diversity and intercultural dialogue. [19/07/2011]

Special file

 

"The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia" ratifies the Faro Convention

On 8 July 2011, "the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia" ratified the Council of Europe Framework Convention on the Value of Cultural Heritage for Society. The Convention, also known as the Faro Convention, focuses on people rather than objects. It addresses the meanings of heritage, its interpretation and the ethics of its use for the benefit of society as a whole. [12/07/2011]

Special file

 

10th Bureau meeting of the Steering Committee for Culture

The 10th Bureau meeting of the Steering Committee for Culture (CDCULT) took place on 8 July 2011 in Paris. The terms of reference for the new committee to be created in 2012, as a result of the CDPATEP and the CDCULT merge, was central to the Bureau discussions. The Bureau also dealt with working methods and structures necessary to ensure optimal implementation and renewal of the culture programmes. [11/07/2011]

Draft agenda

 

Call for expression of interest for the drawing up of a list of experts for the evaluation of the Cultural Routes

The Secretariat of the Enlarged Partial Agreement on Cultural Routes (EPA) launches a call for expression of interest to draw up a list of experts to be submitted to the Governing Board of EPA in charge of examining applications to obtain the "Cultural Route of the Council of Europe" certification. The call will be open from 1 July to 10 July 2011. [04/07/2011]

Call for expression of interest

 

4th Bureau meeting of the Steering Committee for Cultural heritage and Landscape

The 4th Bureau meeting of the Steering Committee for Cultural Heritage and Landscape (CDPATEP) took place from 22 to 23 June 2011 in Strasbourg. The terms of reference for the new committee to be set up in 2012, as a result of the CDCPATEP and the CDCULT merge, was at the centre of the Bureau discussion. The Bureau also dealt with the diverse structures to be set up to ensure the follow-up of the heritage and landscape conventions and the implementation of the programme. [24/06/2011]

Draft agenda

 

Meeting of Compendium Experts

At the invitation of the Forum voor Amateurkunsten and with the support of the Culture Department of the Flemish Government, the annual Meeting of Compendium Experts was held from 8 to 10 June 2011 at the arts centre "Vooruit" in Ghent (Belgium). In partnership with the AMATEO Network and a number of scientific institutions, the meeting was combined with an Open Forum and Research Workshop on problems of Active Cultural Participation in Europe. [14/06/2011]

Draft programme

 

3rd meeting of the Bern Convention Group of Experts on European Island Biological Diversity

The Bern Convention Group of Experts on European Island Biological Diversity, created in 2009, met for the third time in Galéria, Corsica (France), 9-11 June 2011. The experts examined the reports by States and International organisations on biodiversity issues on islands in the Mediterranean and the Black Sea, the North Atlantic and Baltic, in Iceland, Norway and Arctic. [14/06/2011]

Special file

 

International Forum on Strategies for Sustainable Tourism

The Council of Europe was holding an International Forum on Strategies for Sustainable Tourism on 6 June 2011 in Lviv (Ukraine). Ukraine has been in the forefront in developing a sustainable wine culture tourism project in the framework of Council of Europe's "Kyiv Initiative" Cultural Programme. [10/06/2011]

Press release

 

European Academic Network on Romani Studies: election of the Scientific Committee and nomination of the Secretary

The Scientific Committee of the European Academic Network on Romani Studies was elected in May. It is composed of twelve members: Thomas Acton, Henriette Asseo, Juan Gamella, Ian Hancock, Katalin Kovalcsik, Hristo Kyuchulov, Jean-Pierre Liegeois, Elena Marushiakova, Yaron Matras, Veselin Popov, Alain Reyniers, Michael Stewart. It will be assisted by László Fosztó, newly nominated Secretary of the Network. [06/06/2011]

 

Launch of the 2nd Roma Pavilion "Call the witness"

Launch of the 2nd Roma Pavilion "Call the witness", awarded by the Council of Europe "Cultural Event" label, was held at the Venice Biennale 2011 from 1st to 3rd June 2011. Maud de Boer-Buquicchio, Deputy Secretary General of the Council of Europe, deposited a testimony on injustices on Roma by delivering a patchwork which has been realised by a group of 8 Roma women living near Strasbourg. On 3 June, Round table with the participation of Robert Palmer, Director for Culture, Cultural and Natural Heritage of the Council of Europe. [30/05/2011]

 

First contemporary Art Biennale in Bosnia and Herzegovina

The first contemporary Art Biennale "Art Underground-Time Machine" ever organised so far in Bosnia and Herzegovina was opened on 27 May 2011 in Tito's atomic shelter in Konjic. 42 international artists six of which from Bosnia and Herzegovina participate in the Biennale. The Biennale was  awarded by the Council of Europe "Cultural Event" label. [30/05/2011]

 

New publication available "Guidance on the development of legislation and administration systems in the field of cultural heritage"

What laws should states enact to protect and promote their cultural heritage, and what administrative systems can they put in place to manage their cultural heritage policies most effectively? (more...) [13/05/2011]

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2011 UNWTO Ulysse Award: Special Jury Award to the European Cemeteries Route

The European Cemeteries Route has been recognised with the Special Jury Award of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO). The UNWTO Ulysses Awards reward initiatives and projects undertaken by public tourism institutions, tourism enterprises and non-profit institutions that have made a significant contribution to the advancement of tourism through innovation, in line with the United Nations Millennium Development Goals. The Award Ceremony took place on June 2nd in Vilamoura, Portugal, coinciding with the UNWTO Algarve Forum on Tourism and Science. [12/05/2011]

Press release

 

Ministerial Conference "The Kyiv Initiative and the Eastern Partnership – cooperation and synergies"

The Ministerial Conference "The Kyiv Initiative and the Eastern Partnership – cooperation and synergies" took place in Yalta (Ukraine) from 26 to 27 May 2011. It was one of the first events taking place during the Ukrainian chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe. The Conference, organised by the Ministry of Culture of Ukraine with the support of the Council of Europe's Secretariat, discussed the role of culture and cultural heritage in fostering intercultural dialogue, social cohesion, the socio-economic development of communities, regional cooperation and international partnerships. (more...) [27/05/2011]

Programme

 

International Symposium on Interculturalism

An International Symposium on Interculturalism was held from 25 to 27 May in Montréal. The Intercultural Cities programme was presented among other areas of work of the Council of Europe. Meetings were held with Gérard Tremblay, Mayor of Montréal, and other officials to discuss the possible association of the city with the programme. [27/05/2011]

Programme

 

Meeting of the Bern Convention Group of Experts on Invasive Alien Species

The Bern Convention Group of Experts on Invasive Alien Species (IAS), created in 1992, met for the 9th time in Malta, 18-20 May 2011. The meeting focused on a number of new codes of conduct on IAS and some activities and topics: hunting, companion animals, zoological and botanical gardens and aquaria. The group of experts reviewed the implementation of the European Strategy on Invasive alien species and of the Code of Conduct on Hunting and Invasive Alien Species. (more...) [27/05/2011]

 

4th Plenary Session of the Steering Committee for Cultural Heritage and Landscape

The 4th Plenary Session of the Steering Committee for Cultural Heritage and Landscape (CDPATEP) took place from 5 to 6 May 2011 in Strasbourg. The entry into force of the Framework Convention on the Value of Cultural Heritage for Society (Faro) on 1st June 2011, the development of the Convention follow-up tools and information systems for heritage and landscape and the 2012-13 activities programme were on the agenda of this meeting. The Final Report on the evaluation of the Technical Cooperation and Consultancy Programme has also been adopted during this session. [09/05/2011]

Agenda

 

10th plenary meeting of the Steering Committee for Culture

The 10th plenary meeting of the Steering Committee for Culture (CDCULT) took place on 3-4 May 2011 in Strasbourg. The CDCULT plenary examined latest developments of the Council of Europe reform process, including with regard to intergovernmental working structures; study progress achieved on individual cultural co-operation projects and 2012-13 activity programme preview. [05/05/2011]

List of decisions

 

3rd National Workshop for the setting-up of the Emerald Network in Georgia

The event took place in Tbilisi from 17 to 19 May and was organised by the Council of Europe and the European Union, in cooperation with the Agency on Protected Areas of Georgia and the NGO NACRES. It took place in the frame of the Joint CoE/EU Programme "Support for the implementation of the Convention on biological diversity programme of work on protected areas in the EU Neighbourhood policy East area and Russia: extension of the implementation of the EU’s NATURA 2000 principles through the Emerald". [19/05/2011]

Programme

 

6th Council of Europe Conference on the European Landscape Convention

The 6th Council of Europe Conference on the European Landscape Convention was held in Strasbourg from 3 to 4 May 2011. The Conference was the occasion to examine the work accomplished for the implementation of the Convention in order to promote populations’ quality of life and well-being. [05/05/2011]

Draft agenda

 

3rd National Workshop for the setting-up of the Emerald Network in Armenia

The event was held in Yerevan from 27 to 28 April 2011 and was organised by the Council of Europe and the European Union, in cooperation with the Ministry of Nature Protection of Armenia. It took place place in the frame of the Joint CoE/EU Programme "Support for the implementation of the Convention on biological diversity programme of work on protected areas in the EU Neighbourhood policy East area and Russia: extension of the implementation of the EU’s NATURA 2000 principles through the Emerald". [28/04/2011]

Programme

 

Chinese Tourism Award goes to European Cultural Route 'Transromanica'

The cultural route 'Transromanica', promoting the Romanesque heritage of seven European countries, received the "Chinese Tourists Welcome Award" in Beijing on 14 April. Organised for the eighth time by the China Outbound Tourism Research Institute, the prize was awarded by a jury of experts who appreciated the approach of focusing on medieval times, myths and legends to attract Chinese tourists. (more...) [20/04/2011]

 

Enlarged Partial Agreement on Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe (EPA): 1st meeting of the Governing Board

The 1st meeting of the Governing Board of the Enlarged Partial Agreement on Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe (EPA) was held in Luxembourg on 18 April 2011. The Governing Board adopted the EPA Programme of activities for 2011. [19/04/2011]

Draft agenda

EPA group picture

 

Looking for a Secretary of the European Academic Network for Romani Studies

The European Academic Network on Romani Studies, a joint European Union/Council of Europe initiative to be launched in June 2011 is looking for its secretary. The deadline for receiving applications is Friday 6 May 2011. [11/04/2011]

Call for applications

 

What can be done to prevent the continuing loss of biodiversity?

In a text adopted on the 13th of April The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) called on the relevant member states of the CoE and the EU to more rigorously enforce the implementation of the recommendations of the Bern Convention and its expert bodies starting by increasing its international visibility and by assessing the progress of this implementation. (more...) [14/04/2011]

 

Realisation of a video on cultural routes

The Council of Europe is looking for expressions of interest for the realisation of a promotional video on cultural routes. The deadline for receiving applications is Wednesday 27 April 2011. [11/04/2011]

Call for proposals

 

Bureau of the Bern Convention's Standing Committee

The Bureau of the Bern Convention's Standing Committee met in Strasbourg on 11th April to review the implementation of the annual Programme of Activities, as well as to discuss the state of progress of the case-files and other complaints lodged, the strategic development of the Convention, and the results of the meeting of the Group of Specialists on the European Diploma of Protected Areas. [11/04/2011]

Special file

 

The ways of the Roma at the Athens' Byzantine Museum

A series of events concerning Romas (conferences, exhibitions, concerts, films screenings and workshops) was held at the Athens' Byzantine Museum on 8 April. These events tried in particular to answer why the Roma people have been the subject of prejudice and social exclusion through the centuries. [11/04/2011]

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Ukrainian Platform of the Intercultural Cities

On March 29-30, an international seminar "Intercultural Cities: Ukrainian Platform" was held in Kyiv This seminar was organised by the Development Centre "Democracy through Culture" with the support of the Ministry of Culture of Ukraine and the Council of Europe. Representatives of Ukrainian cities gathered in Kyiv to sign a Memorandum on Ukrainian Platform of Intercultural Cities and give a start to the national network. The Memorandum was signed by cities of Melitopol, Pryluky, Khmelnytsky, Yuzhne, Zhytomyr and Lutsk. (more...) [04/04/2011]

 

Logo competition for primary school pupils in Kosovo*

The EU/CoE "Support to the Promotion of Cultural Diversity in Kosovo" (PCDK) joint programme is pleased to announce a logo design competition for primary school pupils in the municipalities of Pejë/Pec, Gjakovë/Djakovica, Istog/Istok, Klinë/Klina, Deçan/Decani and Junik. The aim of the competition is to establish a visual identity for the Local Development Pilot Project (LDPP) activities in the Pejë/Pec region. The deadline for receiving entries is Monday 25 April 2011. [31/03/2011]

Logo Competition

 

Intercultural Cities Goes social media

The Intercultural Cities program has recently set up a new online community, allowing easy access to key information, documents and upcoming events organised by the Council of Europe/European Commission Intercultural Cities initiative. It also provides a unique platform for experts from local governments and intergovernmental organisations to contribute with, forum postings and wiki pages. You can also follow Intercultural cities on Twitter. [24/03/2011]

 

Intercultural cities programme: training module of new experts

A training session for the coordinators of new cities joining the Intercultural cities programme and new experts took place in Brussels from 16 to 18 March. The new cities joining Intercultural Cities are Amsterdam, Botkyrka, Copenhagen, Dublin, Geneva, Lisbon, Limassol, London Lewisham and Pecs. [21/03/2011]

Programme

 

Meeting of the Group of Specialists on the European Diploma of Protected Areas

The Group of Experts on European Diploma of Protected Areas met in Strasbourg on 14-15 March 2011. During this meeting, the Group worked on draft resolutions for renewals of European Diplomas in 11 areas including Piatra Craiuilui National Park (Romania), Gran Paradiso National Park (Italy), Vanoise National Park (France), Bayerischer Wald National Park (Germany), Camargue National Reserve (France), Kusçenneti National Park (Turkey). (more...) [16/03/2011]

 

Council of Europe "Cultural Event" label – news on ongoing projects

Rodeo d’Âme organises in Strasbourg and Alsace "Voices in the night", a cycle of encounters – exhibitions, theatre, concerts, conferences – on the last testimonies and the art in the nazi and Vichy camps from February to October 2011. (See programme).

Paiva River Sound Festival took place from 4–8 March 2011 in Castelo de Paiva (Portugal). Art works-recordings and electro-acoustic compositions inspired by the Paiva River, multimedia installations, films, etc. are programmed to raise awareness of the public for the preservation of nature. [11/03/2011]

 

European Heritage Days: see you on Facebook!

By becoming a fan of the EHD Facebook page, you will be regularly informed on the European Heritage Days (EHD). Please don’t hesitate to recommend this page to your friends! [28/02/2011]

EHD: special file

 

SPARDA: 1st Coordination meeting of the new joint CoE/EU programme

SPARDA (Shaping Perceptions and Attitudes to Realise Diversity Advantage) is a new joint programme with the European Union focusing on the most effective strategies for changing the often negative perceptions of migrants. On 21 and 22 February, a SPARDA coordination meeting took place in Strasbourg. This meeting was held with six participating cities namely: Coimbra (Portugal), Had-Dingli (Malta), Limmasol (Cyprus), Lyon (France), Patras (Greece) and Reggio Emilia (Italy). The Council of Europe’s roles and responsibilities were discussed with partners in the areas of conducting opinion surveys; organising media diversity training workshops and production sessions; as well as elaborating an information and communication campaign on diversity. [10/02/2011]

 

MARS: 1st Coordination meeting of the new joint CoE/EU programme

On 15 and 16 February, the first coordination meeting of the joint CoE/EU MARS (Media Against Racism in Sport) programme took place in Paris, France. This meeting was held with the main various European partners involved in the joint programme such as MediaAnimation, Community Media Forum in Europe, the International Federation of Journalists, the Vienna Institute for Development and Cooperation / Football against Racism in Europe network as well as the Union of European Football Associations. This first meeting aimed at building the plan of actions and, in a sense to launch the MARS programme. [10/02/2011]

 

Georgia ratifies the Faro Convention

Following this tenth ratification on 4 February, the Framework Convention on the Value of Cultural Heritage for Society will enter into force on 1 June 2011. A first exchange of views on the follow-up of the Convention will take on the occasion of the Plenary Session of the Steering Committee for Cultural Heritage and Landscape on 5-6 May. [04/02/2011]

Special file

 

"Remembrance in European Cemeteries. Funerary Heritage and Cultural Tourism"

The First training Workshop organised by the Association of Significant Cemeteries of Europe (ASCE) gathered 80 participants from 14 countries. It was a successful and important step for the consolidation and further development of the European Cemeteries Route. The members and the Scientific Committee discussed the current two years action plan which will soon be distributed to all its members and partners. (photo: Mr Jordi William Carnes, Deputy Mayor of Barcelona and Ms Luisa Yzaguirre Blanes, President of the ASCE) [20/01/2011]

 

3rd National Workshop for the setting-up of the Emerald Network in Moldova

The event took place in Chisinau from 28 February to 2 March and was organised by the Council of Europe and the European Union, in cooperation with the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources of Moldova. It took place in the frame of the Joint CoE/EU Programme "Support for the implementation of the Convention on biological diversity programme of work on protected areas in the EU Neighbourhood policy East area and Russia: extension of the implementation of the EU’s NATURA 2000 principles through the Emerald". [11/03/2011]

Programme

 

3rd National Workshop for the setting-up of the Emerald Network in Ukraine

The event took place in Kiev from 9 to 11 February and was organised by the Council of Europe and the European Union, in cooperation with the State Agency for Protected Areas of the Ministry of Environmental Protection of Ukraine and the NGO Interecocentre. It took place in the frame of the Joint Council of Europe / European Union Programme "Support for the implementation of the Convention on biological diversity programme of work on protected areas in the EU Neighbourhood policy East area and Russia: extension of the implementation of the EU’s NATURA 2000 principles through the Emerald". [07/02/2011]

Programme

 

New international project on historic cities

The Directorate for Culture and Cultural and Natural Heritage, alongside UNESCO’s World Heritage Centre), the Getty Conservation Institute and ICOMOS International, is involved in the programme to compile case studies on the conservation and management of historic towns launched by the Organization of World Heritage Cities. (more...) [13/01/2011]

 

Intercultural cities: Call for experts

The Intercultural cities Secretariat is looking for new experts for its EU/Coe joint programme. The deadline for applications is the 4 February 2011. If you are interested, please fill the application form. [07/01/2011]

Special file: "call for experts"

 

"Intercultural Cities: Towards a model for intercultural integration" available in Russian

Intercultural cities introduces a new model of local governance and policy in the age of diversity: the model of intercultural integration. This volume explains what intercultural integration means in practice: how it affects policies, governance and citizenship, public discourse, media relations, public services and the urban environment. It reviews the processes that facilitate the development of intercultural strategies and presents a wide range of examples, including the intercultural profiles of 11 cities across Europe. The publication is now available in Russian. [05/01/2011]

 


* All references to Kosovo, whether the territory, institutions or population, in this text shall be understood in full compliance with United Nation’s Security Council Resolution 1244 and without prejudice to the status of Kosovo.