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Celebration of the European Heritage Days Portal

The European Heritage Days (EHDs), a joint Programme of the Council of Europe and of the European Commission, has developed a Communications Portal which was being given special recognition by Microsoft for its creative use of Bing maps (mapping technology). Along with the EHDs Portal, which is considered highly innovative, there was also a recognition of the Wine Community Portal, another platform implemented through Bing maps with the aim to promote wine culture and wine tourism. The two portals were promoted at an event entitled "New technologies strengthening heritage, culture and wine tourism", hosted by the Vivanco Museum, in Briones, La Rioja (Spain) on 14th December 2013. (more...) [17/12/2013]

 

12th Assembly of Compendium Experts and Public Forum on Culture and Democracy in the Digital Age, Vienna, 12-13 December 2013

Is culture contributing to democracy? Is it even one of the strongholds of European democracy? How exactly does culture contribute to fostering and renewing our democracies? And what actually is meant by culture in our digital days? How does digitisation affect the relations between culture and democracy? Is culture becoming more democratic, i.e. accessible to all citizens -as users or producers- or are well-known participation divides perpetuated in the digital era? What new cultural world are we heading towards? These were some of the questions addressed by the 12th Assembly of Compendium Experts and a Public Forum on 13 December in Vienna, hosted by the Austrian Government in the framework of their Presidency of the Council of Europe’s Committee of Ministers. The event brought together some hundred researchers and specialists, cultural actors, artists, practitioners and policy makers from all over Europe to inform cultural policies for the future. [13/12/2013]

Draft agenda

 

33rd Standing Committee meeting to the Bern Convention

The Standing Committee meets once a year to monitor the implementation and the review of the Convention. The meeting was attended by delegations from 51 Contracting Parties, including the European Union, observer States, representatives of governmental and non-governmental organisations, international biodiversity conventions, agreements and programmes, as well as by independent experts. Over 100 participants were expected at this year’s meeting in Strasbourg from 3 to 6 December to discuss the conservation of invertebrates, invasive alien species and the setting-up of the Emerald Network on nature protection sites, among many others. [09/12/2013]

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Award Ceremony for the prizewinners of the 13th International Heritage Photographic Experience (IHPE)

The Award Ceremony for the prizewinners of the 13th International Heritage Photographic Experience "Landscape with its Heritage" took place on 2 December 2013 in the Council of Europe (Room 3). Young people from several Member States of the Council of Europe and from Tunisia participated in this event. Supported by the Council of Europe, this initiative was launched in Spain by the Generalitat of Catalonia and takes place in the context of the activities within the European Landscape Convention. It helps young people to become familiar with the value of their landscape and of the heritage within. [04/12/2013]

Programme

 

Intercultural Cities Programme: new web application

The Intercultural Cities Programme and the Pestalozzi Programme are launching a new web application. Optimised for smartphones and tablets this tool will help you look at your intercultural competence in a playful way, recognise your strong points as well as areas which need further development. The present application is based on an educational tool developed by a group of education professionals from all over Europe. (more...) [26/11/2013]

Direct link to the application

 

Results of the Council of Europe Cultural Routes Advisory Forum

On 21 and 22 November, Austria hosted the 2013 Cultural Routes Advisory Forum at the Hofburg Imperial Palace in Innsbruck, as part of its priorities for the chairmanship of the Council of Europe Committee of Ministers. The Austrian Ministries for European and International Affairs, for the Economy, Family and Youth and for Education, the Arts and Culture co-organised the Forum with the Enlarged Partial Agreement on Cultural Routes (EPA) secretariat and the European Institute of Cultural Routes, with the cooperation of the Tyrol region. (more...) [26/11/2013]

 

International Heritage Show 2013 edition: is "Heritage and territories"

From 7 to 10 November 2013, the International Heritage Show brought together in Paris all sectors that are part of the life-cycle of heritage preservation and conservation, and attracting 320 exhibitors from 13 countries and over 22500 visitors and buyers. The European Institute of Cultural Routes wad present at the International Heritage Show with a stand promoting the Council of Europe Cultural Routes. The Council of Europe Cultural Routes held a Conference entitled "Council of Europe cultural routes: communicating territories and their heritage" during the Salon on 7 November 2013 from 10.00 to 11.00. (more...) [12/11/2013]

 

Council of Europe Cultural Routes Advisory Forum

The Council of Europe Cultural Routes Advisory Forum is an important date on the agenda of the Council of Europe’s routes - this year it was in Innsbruck, Austria (21-22 November 2013). The location of the Forum was decided on the basis of proposals submitted by member states of the EPA (Enlarged Partial Agreement on Cultural Routes). The Forum aimed to provide an opportunity for stakeholders to reflect on future steps, so the theme is "Council of Europe Cultural Routes 2014-2024: Quo Vadis?". The two days of presentations, debates and discussions brought together actors from all areas connected with the routes and were organised around two plenary sessions and three thematic workshops dealing with challenges and future prospects for cultural routes. (more...) [26/11/2013]

 

Marseille-Provence 2013 : The European Dimention of Roma Culture

Encouraging dialogue and debate in Europe on the importance of Roma culture, Marseille-Provence 2013, with support from the Regional Council of Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur, welcomed the Council of Europe Cultural Routes. The events were organised in cooperation with the Council of Europe’s Congress of Local and Regional Authorities "Alliance of Cities and Regions for Roma Inclusion" and the Dosta! campaign against discrimination on 30-31 October 2013. They took place at the Villa Méditerranée, a prestigious new location in the center of Marseille. A public debate in the evening of 30 October was held with the participation of Fanny Ardant, a prominent French actress, the Council of Europe’s ambassador for Roma, the showing of an exhibition called "Dosta!" (Stop! [discrimination]) and an exhibition of quilts made by Roma women at the Italian Cultural Institute in Marseilles was opened on 31 October at the close of the conference. (more...) [07/11/2013]

 

EU/CoE support to the promotion of cultural diversity in Kosovo*  (PCDK): Logo design competition

In the context of the Local Economic Development component, the PCDK project is pleased to announce a logo design competition for primary schools pupils (grades 3, 6 and 9) who take citizen education class in the municipalities of the regions: Prishtinë/Priština, Gjilan/Gnjilane, Mitrovicë/Mitrovica and Prizren. The aim of this competition is to actively engage local schools and communities in identifying a visual identity for the Local Economic Development activities in these regions. Selected logos will be combined with the heritage plan development in respective regions. The awards are planned to be given early 2014. [09/10/2013]

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Cultural Policy Review of Turkey

The conclusions of the Cultural Policy Review of Turkey were presented to the Bureau of the Steering Committee for Culture, Heritage and Landscape (CDCPP) on 16 October 2013. The published review comprises a national background report and a study by five independent experts. It offers a comprehensive analysis of the cultural policy challenges and opportunities that Turkey currently faces. [24/10/2013]

 

MEDIANE: Florence invites European journalism and media literacy trainers – 23 - 25.10.13

During the MEDIANE thematic encounter "Diversity Inclusiveness in Journalism & Media Training & Literacy", participants were asked to exchange practices, research and experiences to develop an overview of diversity inclusiveness in journalism training and media literacy and to discuss and to plan actions for including diversity along all the journalism training curriculum or media literacy methodologies. [25/10/2013]

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30th Council of Europe Art Exhibition, Cracow (Poland)

The 30th Council of Europe Art Exhibition was inaugurated in Cracow on 17 October 2013 under the title "The Desire for Freedom. Art in Europe Since 1945". The exhibition mainly presents video works made over the last five decades by 37 artists from 19 European countries. After having been on show at the German Historical Museum in Berlin, at the Palazzo Reale in Milan and at the Kumu Art museum in Tallinn, the exhibition will be on show at the Contemporary Art Museum in Cracow until 26 January 2014. (more...) [21/10/2013]

 

Hadje: Natural Heritage tours in Kosovo*  

In October, the program "EU/CoE support to the promotion of cultural diversity in Kosovo" (PCDK), in partnership with the NGO "Balkan Promotion", celebrates the natural heritage in Kosovo. During the Natural Heritage Days, in addition to organised tours, an "herb garden", supported by the PCDK and implemented by Promotion of Heritage Management (PHM), has officially opened its doors to the public on 19 October 2013. In this garden, it is possible to enjoy delicious teas and discover the therapeutic effects of plants. (more...) [21/10/2013]

 

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

The 13th Meeting of the Workshops for the implementation of the European Landscape Convention on "Territories of the future: landscape identification and assessment, an exercise in democracy" took place in Tivat (Montenegro) from 2 to 3 October. Three Workshops analysed the following themes: ‘Identify, analyse, characterise the landscape: to act, improve the knowledge’; ‘An exercise in democracy: the knowledge, the feeling, the will of populations’; ‘Promoting collective intelligence: to react, exchange experiences, methodologies, technologies and researches’. Approximately 200 participants from various countries participated at the event. [07/10/2013]

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European Academic Network on Romani Studies: Seminar in Marseille, European Capital of Culture

Facing one of the hottest topics currently discussed in European societies, the Academic Seminar “European dimension of Roma Culture: Scientific and political discourses” started on 26 September in Marseille, the European Capital of Culture 2013. On the agenda of this challenging event organized by the Scientific Committee of European Academic Network on Romani Studies: dismantling stereotypes about Roma culture and analyzing current scientific and political approaches, by gathering leading international researchers in the field of Romani studies. The seminar was preceded by a session of the Scientific Committee on 25 September and followed by a public conference and exchange on the main findings. suite...) [27/09/2013]

 

Groningen welcomes European journalists for inclusive media co-production – The Netherlands, 18 – 20.09.13  

During the Mediane Thematic Encounter “Towards an Inclusive Approach in Media Content Design & Production”, participants were asked to build pairs of co-production with colleagues from other EU countries. Each pair had to develop a concrete idea and schedule for producing an inclusive media report. To produce this report, each pair will have to take part in a MEDIANE European Exchange of Media Practices (EEMP), immediately after the encounter. [23/09/2013]

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Marseille Forum on the social value of heritage and the value of heritage for society (12-13 September 2013)

The Forum, supported by the European Commission, the Council of Europe, Marseille-Provence 2013 and the Bouches-du-Rhône Council, took place as part of the follow-up and implementation activities for the Framework Convention on the value of the cultural heritage for society. An international panel brought together Permanent Representatives to the Council of Europe, European parliamentarians and members of the Sub-Committee on Culture, Diversity and Heritage of the Council of Europe’s Parliamentary Assembly, mayors, senior national representatives, and representatives of non-governmental organisations. Discussions focused on citizen initiatives carried out with the support of local authorities in Marseilles and Vitrolles related to the management of cultural diversity, improvement of the living environment and quality of life, and development of democratic participation. [18/09/2013]

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San Sebastian / Donostia welcomes European journalists for inclusive media co-production (12-14 September 2013)

During the Mediane Thematic Encounter "Towards an Inclusive Approach in Media Content Design & Production", participants were asked to build pairs of co-production with colleagues from other EU countries. Each pair had to develop a concrete idea and schedule for producing an inclusive media report. To produce this report, each pair had to take part in a MEDIANE European Exchange of Media Practices (EEMP), immediately after the encounter. Based on concrete production activity, the Mediane Thematic Encounter on Media Production aims at giving media professionals a better understanding of the benefits that everyone can derive from the formation of partnerships at European level and of the interest for developing inclusive approach of media content design and production. [18/09/2013]

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Prize of the best EHD picture awarded to Fortidsminneforeningen (Norway)

At the time of the launch of the European Heritage Days portal, which took place in Yerevan on 30 August 2013 in the context of the Armenian chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers, a photographic competition was implemented. The most representative picture of the European Heritage Days was selected among those uploaded on the EHDs Communication platform by the 12 test countries. The prize was awarded to a local Norwegian event organiser, the Hedmark local chapter of Fortidsminneforeningen (The society for the Preservation of Norwegian Ancient Monuments), for a picture illustrating the event "Life in cottages and farmyards". [10/09/2013]

 

Diploma ceremony for the European Route of Huguenot and Waldeser Culture

The Huguenot cultural route was granted certification as a Council of Europe Cultural Route in May 2013. The partners of the network received the diploma signed by Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland at a ceremony which took place at the seat of the Association in Neu-Isenburg (near Frankfurt) on 9 September. [10/09/2013]

 

Launch of the 2013 European Heritage Days

One of the key planks of the Armenian Presidency of the Committee of Ministers is to encourage and promote European values through intercultural dialogue. This objective has been given a significant boost by the Armenian hosting of the "Launch event" of the European Heritage days Programme (EHDs), which took place in Yerevan 29 August – 1 September. The launch has initiated the 2013 edition of EHDs when the 50 signatory countries to the European Cultural Convention, open their doors and put new cultural treasures on view and open up historic buildings, normally closed to the public. [02/09/2013]

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Press release [30/08/2013]

 

Diploma celebration - European route of Megalithic culture

On 26 August on the Danish Island of Møn, Bodo Zehm, President of the Megalithic Route network certified in May, received the Council of Europe Cultural Route diploma from the Director of the European Institute of Cultural Routes Penelope Denu. The ceremony was held on the Klekkendehøj passage grave and during the same event the Danish Minister for Culture, Mariane Jelved, inaugurated the restoration of this unique megalithic site. Partners of the route from Denmark, Germany, Sweden and the Netherlands took part in the event as well as local schoolchildren. Anne Mette Rahbaek, Director General with the Danish Agency for Culture and Dennis Schratz, representing the route’s patron Hans-Peter Pöttering, also took the floor. [03/09/2013]

 

MARS Online Resource Centre

The MARS Online Resource Centre includes more than 450 contacts of media & diversity practitioners. Whether you need a trainer for your next workshop or an interview partner for your next story, you can find them on the Media & Diversity Practitioners Database. [27/08/2013]

 

12th annual meeting of the European Heritage Network

The 12th annual meeting of the European Heritage Network took place the 1-2 July in Strasbourg, European Youth Centre. The Network discussed the outcome of the national heritage policy reports and made plans for the analysis of the data collected. The meeting also looked at ways to implement thematic surveys looking at trends in the cultural heritage sector, such as heritage management in times of crisis or social and economic values of heritage. 

[03/07/2013]

Draft agenda

 

30th Council of Europe Art Exhibition, Tallinn (Estonia)

The 30th Council of Europe Art Exhibition was inaugurated in Tallinn on 27 June 2013 under the title "Critique + Crisis. Art in Europe since 1945". The exhibition shows work by 113 artists from 28 countries in Europe who have been concerned with the theme of freedom since 1945. After having been on show at the German Historical Museum in Berlin and the Palazzo Reale in Milan, the exhibition will be on show at the Kumu art museum in Tallinn until 3 November 2013. (more...) [28/06/2013]

 

12th annual meeting of the European Heritage Network

The 12th annual meeting of the European Heritage Network took place the 1-2 July in Strasbourg, European Youth Centre. The Network discussed the outcome of the national heritage policy reports and made plans for the analysis of the data collected. The meeting also looked at ways to implement thematic surveys looking at trends in the cultural heritage sector, such as heritage management in times of crisis or social and economic values of heritage. 

[03/07/2013]

Draft agenda

 

30th Council of Europe Art Exhibition, Tallinn (Estonia)

The 30th Council of Europe Art Exhibition was inaugurated in Tallinn on 27 June 2013 under the title "Critique + Crisis. Art in Europe since 1945". The exhibition shows work by 113 artists from 28 countries in Europe who have been concerned with the theme of freedom since 1945. After having been on show at the German Historical Museum in Berlin and the Palazzo Reale in Milan, the exhibition will be on show at the Kumu art museum in Tallinn until 3 November 2013. (more...) [28/06/2013]

 

Cultural Routes Summer Seminar

In the framework of cooperation with the European Commission, as part of the Third Joint Programme on Cultural Routes, the Council of Europe’s Cultural Routes Summer Seminar took place in Selinunte  from 23 to 28 June, centre of the Phoenicians’ route in Sicily. This year, the first part of the week was especially devoted to candidates for Council of Europe certification and the second part was set aside for certified routes managers, with one day of shared discussions and workshops. The seminar was the first opportunity to use the handbook on cultural routes design and management. (more...) [28/06/2013]

 

First Emerald Network Biogeographical Seminar for Norway

This First Emerald Network Biogeographical Seminar for Norway took place from 18 to 20 June at the headquarters of the Norwegian Directorate for Nature Management in Trondheim. The meeting aimed at agreeing on the reference list for species and habitats as well as at assessing the extend to which the candidate Emerald sites proposed in Norway are sufficient to ensure proper conservation of habitats and species listed respectively in Resolutions 4 (1996) and 6 (1998) of the Bern Convention. (more...) [21/06/2013]

 

Cyprus welcomes European Media!

The 1st MEDIANE European Encounter "From media diversity coverage to media diversity inclusiveness" was hosted in Nicosia (Cyprus) from 10 to 12 June 2013. Around 80 participants contributed to the first European encounter and jointly worked on practical tools and practices for diversity inclusiveness in the areas of media production, journalism training and editorial management. The Cyprus European Encounter will be followed by other thematic and European encounters (Greece, September 2013, Sweden/Denmark September 2013, Spain October 2013, and Italy October 2013...). (more...) [13/06/2013]

 

Second Conference on the Illegal Killing, Trapping and Trade of Wild Birds

Two years after the first European Conference on the illegal killing of birds, which pledged a zero tolerance approach to the illegal killing, trapping and trade of birds, the Contracting Parties and Observer Organisations to the Bern Convention met from 29 to 30 May in Tunis to assess the progress made towards the eradication of these phenomena. (more...) [29/05/2013]

Special file

Statement

 

Meeting of the Steering Committee for Culture, Heritage and Landscape

The second meeting of the Steering Committee for Culture, Heritage and Landscape (CDCPP) took place in Strasbourg from 27 to 29 May. Senior officials  came together to discuss many topics of interest, including: the conclusions of the 10th Council of Europe Conference of Ministers of Culture "Governance of Culture – promoting access to culture" held in Moscow in April; an Action Plan to promote the Faro Framework Convention on the Value of Cultural Heritage for Society; and a proposal for the 2014-2015 Programme of work in order to decide how the CDCPP can contribute to the objectives and priorities of the Organisation. [29/05/2013]

Draft agenda

 

Presentation of the Cultural Policy Review of the Russian Federation

The conclusion of the Cultural Policy Review of the Russian Federation was  presented at the plenary meeting of the Steering Committee for Culture, Heritage and Landscape (CDCPP, 27-29 May 2013). The review in the Russian Federation is focused on three regions (Mari-El; Omsk, Ulyanovsk) and three themes (cultural infrastructure; transculturalism as factor in social development; the economy, business and culture). [28/05/2013]

More information

 

New project: Cultural Resources for Roma Inclusion

A new project on "Cultural Resources for Roma inclusion" has been started thanks to a joint programme financed by the European Commission and the Council of Europe. The project aims at replicating in 5 Roma settlements in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, "former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia", Hungary and Slovenia the model successfully implemented in Kamenci (Slovenia) where the Roma inhabitants have been supported in organizing and setting up a multidimensional cultural enterprise within their village through the valorization and reinterpretation of their cultural heritage and creating a museum of Roma heritage which attracted visitors and thus generated income. The Roma people will take part in all decision-making and will eventually manage the project themselves.  [17/05/2013]

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Cities and Heritage Meeting: Changing Cities and Heritage Management: New Players? New Practices?

As part of its partnership with the Organisation of World Heritage Cities, the Council of Europe (Managing Diversity Division, Directorate for Democratic Governance, DG II) is supporting the city of Lyon in the organisation of the "Cities and Heritage Meeting: Changing Cities and Heritage Management: New Players? New Practices?" (Lyon, France, 22-24 May 2013, see details and inscription). This meeting is a continuation of the momentum created by the project "Historical Cities in Development: Keys for Understanding and Acting – a compilation of case studies on the conservation and management of historical cities". The Secretariat of the Council of Europe sees this event as a step in a political process to address urban issues from the perspective of social challenges related to democratic participation and the enhancement of diversities. [09/04/2013]

 

Meeting of the Scientific Committee of the Roma Academic Network

The Scientific Committee of the European Academic Network on Romani Studies (Joint programme with the European Union) met on 22 may in Strasbourg to detail its activities for the 2nd project phase (June 2013 – May 2015). Representing a unique pool of 300 specialists on Roma Issues, the Network will focus on enhancing its policy advisory function and offer concrete research support to the Council of Europe’s and European Union’s Roma activities. [22/05/2013]

 

22 May 2013: International Day for Biological Diversity – "Water and biodiversity"

Under this year’s main theme "Water and biodiversity", Europe’s regional biodiversity treaty (the Council of Europe’s Convention on the Conservation of European Wildlife and Natural Heritage, Bern, 1979) joins global efforts to increase the understanding of the interrelation between the protection of the environment and the sustainable use and wise management of water resources as a matter for all. (more...) [22/05/2013]

 

Participate! Exchange! Share! 160 diversity adventures are waiting for you!

Apply now for MEDIANE "European Exchanges of Media Practices" (EEMPs)! The MEDIANE programme invites media professionals to commit to exchange with European colleagues on media practices to include diversity and non-discrimination in their daily media coverage and thus to enrich their professional practices. MEDIANE supports 160 EEMPs with pre-paid travel tickets and a fixed lump-sum grant of 500€. [02/05/2013]

Apply now !

 

Conference of Ministers responsible for Culture

The Council of Europe and the Government of the Russian Federation organised a Conference of Ministers responsible for Culture at the Bolshoi Theater in Moscow on 15-16 April 2013 on the theme of "Governance of Culture – Promoting Access to Culture". This event highlighted the new challenge for governments and, specifically, Ministries of Culture, in promoting access to and participation in culture at a time of social, economic and financial change. [22/04/2013]

Special file

 

3rd Session of the Landscape Award (2012-2013) of the Council of Europe

For the 3rd session of the Landscape Award (2012-2013), the Secretary General of the Council of Europe received 18 applications. An international jury will meet in May 2013 in order to examine the applications and propose the award and possible special mentions. At its 2nd Meeting (Strasbourg, 27-29 May 2013) the CDCPP will examine the proposals of the jury and forward its proposals concerning the award winner to the Committee of Ministers who shall grant the award and any special mentions. (more...) [03/04/2013]

 

Cultural Resources for Roma inclusion: 1st meeting of coordinators in Kamenci (Slovenia), 25-26 April 2013

Kick-off meeting for the preparatory phase of a new project on "Cultural Resources for Roma inclusion". The project aims at replicating in 5 Roma settlements in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, "former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia", Hungary and Slovenia the model successfully implemented in Kamenci (Slovenia). The Roma inhabitants have been supported in organising and setting up a multidimensional cultural enterprise within their village through the valorisation and reinterpretation of their cultural heritage (music, poetry, legends, gardening, etc.) and creating a museum of Roma heritage which attracted visitors and thus generated income. [22/04/2013]

 

Monitoring Interculturalism in Cities: From Concept to Policy Implementation

A workshop held at the University of Québec in Montreal brought together on 12 April European and Québec experts and partners of the Intercultural cities programme. The main objective of the workshop was to explore the concept and practical implementation of interculturalism in Europe and in Québec and in particular the capacity of intercultural policy to welcome (culturally, socially and economically), newly arrived migrants. [22/04/2013]

 Programme

 

Research Seminar "Roma in the Post-Soviet Countries: History, Ethnography, Policy"
A Research Seminar entitled: "Roma in the Post-Soviet Countries: History, Ethnography, Policy” took place in Chisinău (Republic of Moldova) from 2 to 4 April 2013. The seminar organised in partnership with the Asociaţia "POROJAN" was hosted in the building of the scientific library "Biblioteca Ştiinţifică Centrală Andrei Lupan" in Chisinău. The opening of the seminar was attended by the local officials: Mr Ruslan Stângă, advisor of the prime-minister of the Republic of Moldova in issues related to Roma, social protection and inter-confessional relations and by Mr Silviu Tabac, the director of the Cultural Heritage Institute of the Academy of Science of Republic of Moldova. 4 teachers and 17 participants among them 14 Roma participated in the research seminar. [05/04/2013]
Programme (Russian only)

 

7th Conference on the European Landscape Convention
The 7th Council of Europe Conference on the European Landscape Convention organised under the auspices of the Andorran Chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe was held in Strasbourg from 26 to 27 March 2013. 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. [29/03/2013]
 Draft agenda

 

Meeting of the Group of Specialists on the European Diploma of Protected Areas
The Group of Experts on the European Diploma of Protected Areas meet in Strasbourg on 26 March 2013 for their annual meeting. The Group examined the reports from the independent experts’ visits further to the applications for the Diploma received for the Khosrov Forest State Reserve (Armenia) and the Irish Burren region. Based on the expert visit carried out, the Group also discussed a Draft Resolution concerning the renewal of the Diploma for the Retezat National Park in Romania. Two new applications for the award of the Diploma were also  presented, one for Desertas Islands in Portugal and the other one for Karadag Nature Reserve in Ukraine. [27/03/2013]

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Preparing for the 2013 Compendium Authors’ meeting – Vienna, November 2013
On 11 March the Secretariat met with representatives from the Austrian Ministry of Culture and Education in Vienna to prepare for the 2013 Compendium Authors event. The meeting will be held at the Semper Depot in Vienna in mid-November in the framework of the Austrian Presidency of the Committee of the Ministers. On the agenda will be the follow-up of the 2013 Ministerial Conference (“Governance of Culture - Promoting Access to Culture”, Moscow, 15-16 April 2013) through the Compendium tool (i.e. regarding indicators on participation/ access and indicators on culture’s contribution to democracy) and a public hearing as well as celebration of the 15th anniversary of the Compendium cultural policy information and monitoring system. [19/03/2013]

 

30th Council of Europe Art Exhibition "Desire for Freedom"
Art in Europe since 1945" in Milan After Berlin, the exhibition travels to Milan and was opened on 13 March at the Palazzo Reale in the presence Of Claudia Luciani, Director for democratic governance and the Mayor, Giuliano Pisapia. The exhibition will stay open until 2 June 2013. [18/03/2013]
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The Faro Framework Convention on the Value of Cultural Heritage for Society
Mr Manuel Jacoangeli, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary, Permanent Representative of Italy at the Council of Europe, signed the Faro Framework Convention on the Value of Cultural Heritage for Society on Wednesday 27 February at 10am in the offices of the Deputy Secretary General. This latest signature brings the number to 21. Several promotional activities are currently taking place in various member states to increase the Convention’s visibility and to encourage further signatures and ratifications. [26/02/2013]

 

Belarus becomes the 51st Party to the Bern Convention
Belarus deposited its instrument of accession to the Convention on the Conservation of European Wildlife and Natural Habitats (Bern Convention) on 19th February 2013 and will become the 51st Party to the Convention on 1st June 2013. The Bern Convention, Europe’s treaty on nature conservation, is a binding international legal instrument which covers most of the natural heritage of the European continent and extends to some States of Africa. (more...) [19/02/2013]

 

Making Diversity Work for Cities

The Intercultural Cities milestone event "Making Diversity Work for Cities" took place in Dublin on 6-8 February, under the Irish EU Presidency and the Andorran CoE Chairmanship. The 250 participants, including 42 Mayors and other elected officials, explored the results and achievements of the intercultural Cities initiative and cities involved in it, and examined implications for adopting a diversity-based approach in national and international integration policy and practice. [11/02/2013]

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3rd Bureau meeting of the Steering Committee on Culture, Heritage and Landscape (CDCPP)

The third Bureau meeting of the CDCPP took place in Strasbourg on 7 and 8 February 2013. The members of the Bureau took note of the progress made in the preparation of the Council of Europe Conference of Ministers of Culture "Governance of Culture - Promoting Access to Culture" (Moscow, 15-16 April 2013). They exchanged on the Committee’s future work and working methods for 2013 and beyond, and were updated on the programme of activities supervised by the CDCPP for 2012-2013. The Bureau also prepared the CDCPP's Plenary Session in May 2013. [11/02/2013]

CDCPP website

 

Cultural Routes - Meeting with the Secretary-General of the UNWTO, Madrid

The Executive Secretary of the Enlarged Partial Agreement on Cultural Routes, Penelope Denu, met Talib Rifai during a series of meetings at the World Tourism Organisation in Madrid on 29 and 30 January. The two organisations decided to formalise their cooperation during the Advisory Forum of Cultural Routes in Colmar last November. The UNWTO has offered technical advice on training and on the tourism development of the routes. In Madrid, common priorities were identified with the Secretary-General, in particular the promotion of responsible tourism and sustainability policies. The UNWTO Global Code of Ethics for Tourism will be the object of a joint initiative and training on cultural routes will benefit from the contribution of the UNWTO Themis Foundation. [30/01/2013]

 

3rd Task Force on the 2013 Conference of Ministers of Culture

The Task Force preparing for the Council of Europe Conference of Ministers of Culture on "Governance of Culture – Promoting Access to Culture" (Moscow, 15-16 April 2013) met on 25 January in Paris. The conference will analyse the challenge for governments in promoting access to and participation in culture at a time of social, economic and financial change, also reflecting the specific opportunities generated by the digital era in this area. The event will feature novel policy approaches and stimulate exchange of experiences and good practices among political leaders. At the same time, it will highlight the CoE’s role as a European intergovernmental forum on culture and laboratory of democratic governance. [28/01/2013]

 

Art Exhibition "The Desire for Freedom. Art in Europe since 1945"

The 30th Council of Europe Art Exhibition "The Desire for Freedom. Art in Europe since 1945" is shown at the German Historical Museum in Berlin until 10 February 2013. The exhibition shows the role of the artists in relations with Council of Europe values. 113 artists from 28 countries illustrate through their works their engagement with a belief in universal human rights, freedom, equality and democracy and raise questions about the meaning of our social existence. After Berlin, the exhibition will be shown in Milan, Tallinn and Cracow in 2013/2014. [23/01/2013]

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Cultural Policy Review of Turkey : experts meeting

In the framework of the Cultural Policy Review of Turkey, experts met on 17 January 2013 in Paris to finalise their report. This 29th Council of Europe Cultural Policy Review will give a comprehensive appreciation of the Turkish cultural policies and latest trends and developments. The results of the review (both national report and expert report) will be presented at the Plenary Session of the Steering Committee for Culture, Heritage and Landscape (PP) in spring 2013. [21/01/2013]

CDCPP website