Conditions for obtaining the “Cultural Route of the Council of Europe” certification

In order to award certification as a Cultural Route of the Council of Europe, a Route can apply in accordance with certain conditions:

  • Defining a theme representative of European values and common to at least 3 countries of Europe;
  • Identifying heritage elements shaped by the geographical as well as cultural, historical and natural features of the different regions;
  • Creating a European network with legal status bringing together the sites and the stakeholders which are part of the Route;
  • Co-ordinating common actions to encourage different kinds of cultural co-operation, also the scientific level stimulating social debate on its theme, propose to European citizens an interpretation of their common history and shared heritage and provoke a series of coherent activities for young Europeans coming from different cultures and backgrounds and finally encourage cultural tourism and sustainable cultural development;
  • Creating common visibility to allow the identification of the items part of the Route, ensuring recognisability and coherence across Europe.

The process for creating a finalised dossier for a Cultural Route, eligible for certification from the Council of Europe, must follow the criteria described in CM/Res(2013)67 revising the rules for the award of the Cultural Route of the Council of Europe certification


Why obtaining the “Cultural Route of the Council of Europe” certification?

1. European dimension

  • Develop a transnational membership network (legal association), including a European scientific committee, transnational program of activities;
  • Access to qualified contacts with European network of researchers and experts;

2. Networking and visibility

  • Use of the label "Cultural Route of the Council of Europe" and use of the Council of Europe logo;
  • Exchange and development of synergies with other European Cultural Routes;
  • Invitation to attend EPA Annual events Training Academy for Cultural Route managers, Cultural Route Advisory Forum
  • Benefit from Council of Europe and European Institute of Cultural Routes communication strategy, visibility, presentations at international events;

3. Advising and funding opportunities

  • Access to information on funding opportunities (European, national, local);
  • Benefit from EPA and European Institute of Cultural Routes letters of support for funding applications;
  • Subject of regular monitoring and 3-year evaluation procedure through independent expert report and recommendations.

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