Application for certification
(2021-2022 cycle)


Each year, the Enlarged Partial Agreement on Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe (EPA) awards the certification "Cultural Route of the Council of Europe" to cultural route network applicants fulfilling the criteria set out in Council of Europe Committee of Ministers Resolution CM/Res(2013)67.


The necessary instructions and documents related to the application can be downloaded here.

The evaluation file is composed of the following documents, which shall be submitted in English or in French by 31st July 2021:

1. Certification form completed (Document 1);
2. Self-assessment grid completed (Document 2);
3. Declaration of Honour completed and signed (Document 3);
4. Updated legal statutes of the network;
5. Updated list of members of the network;
6. Ordinary and Extraordinary General Assembly meeting reports of the past three-years (if applicable);
7. Budget documents of the network (Current operational budget; financial information of the past three years; 3-year Budget forecast; Extra-budgetary funding);
8. 3-year Programme of activities forecast.


Please note that the deadline for submitting all documentation as per decision by the Governing Board of the Enlarged Partial Agreement on Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe is 31st July 2021.

According to the Rules of Procedure of the EPA Governing Board, only complete applications will be considered. The Rules of Procedure also establish that “an application which has been denied certification by the Governing Board may be submitted again no earlier than 12 months following the date of the decision”.

It is advisable to verify that all criteria for certification are met by the candidate network and that the evaluation file is complete before its submission.


A digital copy of the complete application must be submitted electronically via a dedicated Council of Europe website. Instructions on how to access and upload the documents to the platform will be sent in due course.

The complete application as well as a printed hardcopy of all documentation shall be submitted by post in English or in French, by 31st July 2021 at the latest to the following postal address:

Enlarged Partial Agreement on Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe (EPA)
c/o European Institute of Cultural Routes
Attn: Mr. Stefano DOMINIONI
Abbaye de Neumünster, 28 rue Münster
L-2160 Luxembourg



Should your cultural route network be interested in applying for the “Cultural Route of the Council of Europe” certification (cycle 2021-2022), we kindly ask you to inform the Secretariat by written letter in English or French to the attention of Mr. Stefano Dominioni (By email to [email protected] ) no later than Friday 14th May 2021.  

Upon reception of the letter, the Secretariat will acknowledge receipt of it and provide you with the 2021-2022 certification form, instructions on how to submit your application and an invitation to a dedicated training seminar and an advisory meeting.

The Secretariat should like to remind all applicants that all communication should be in either English or French. Documents, emails or other correspondence in other non-official languages will not be taken into account or processed.


For any questions or further information, please contact:  [email protected]