The European Institute of Cultural Routes (EICR) was set up in 1998 as part of a political agreement between the Council of Europe and the Grand-Duchy of Luxembourg (Ministry of Culture, Higher Education and Research) and is located in the Centre Culturel de Rencontre - Abbaye de Neumünster in Luxembourg. Upon the entry into force of the Council of Europe Enlarged Partial Agreement on Cultural Routes (the EPA) in 2010, an agreement establishing the seat of the EPA at the Institute was signed between the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Grand-Duchy of Luxembourg and the Secretary General of the Council of Europe.

The Institute assists the Enlarged Partial Agreement on Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe in the evaluation cycles of certified Cultural Routes and candidate networks to the "Cultural Route of the Council of Europe" certification.

The Institute also gives advice to candidate networks to the "Cultural Route of the Council of Europe" certification and houses the documentary resources on the Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe programme. It provides advice and assistance to routes networks and hosts visits by project managers, researchers and students.

The European Institute of Cultural Routes also implements European projects promoting greater awareness of the existing links between cultural heritage, tourism, regional development and the environment, and coordinates a University Network.

The Institute gives visibility to and disseminates information on the certified Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe crisscrossing the 50 signatory countries of the European Cultural Convention and beyond.

The European Institute of Cultural Routes is funded thanks to the financial support of the Ministry of Culture of the Grand-Duchy of Luxembourg.

With the support of:


Institut Européen des Itinéraires Culturels
Abbaye de Neumünster
Bâtiment Robert Bruch
28, rue Münster, L-2160 Luxembourg
Grand Duchy of Luxembourg

Tel: +352 24 12 50
contact@culture-routes.lu

Blog: blog.culture-routes.net

Board of Directors Board of Directors
  • Colette FLESCH, Honorary President
  • Ambassador Christian BIEVER, President, Director of consular affairs and of international cultural relations of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs (Grand-Duchy of Luxembourg)
  • Barbara ZECHES, Vice-president, Councellor to the Ministry of Culture (Grand-Duchy of Luxembourg) and representative of the Grand-Duchy of Luxembourg to the Governing Board of the Enlarged Partial Agreement on Cultural Routes (Council of Europe)
  • Snežana SAMARDZIC-MARKOVIC, Member, Director General of DG Democracy (Council of Europe)  
  • Marianne BERGER MARJANOVIC, Member, Chair of the Governing Board of the Enlarged Partial Agreement on Cultural Routes (Council of Europe) and Acting Head of Research, Research and Development Department (Arts Council Norway)
  • Eladio FERNANDEZ-GALIANO, Member, Representative of the Council of Europe, Directorate General of Democracy
  • Danièle KOHN-STOFFELS, Member, Councellor of Government 1st Class, Ministry of Culture (Grand-Duchy of Luxembourg)
  • Robert L. PHILIPPART, Member, representative of the Ministry of Culture (Grand-Duchy of Luxembourg)
  • Claude HALSDORF, Member, Head of the joint office, Ministry of Economy, General Direction of Tourism (Grand-Duchy of Luxembourg)
  • Stefano DOMINIONI, Secretariat, Director of the European Institute of Cultural Routes and Executive Secretary of the Enlarged Partial Agreement on Cultural Routes (Council of Europe)

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