Budget: 1.111.111 €
Duration: 30 months (2017-2020)
Project Management: Enlarged Partial Agreement on Cultural Routes (EPA) - Council of Europe, Luxembourg
Website: www.coe.int/routes4u

The Routes4U Project has been launched in the framework of the joint programme between the Council of Europe (Directorate General of Democracy) and the European Union (European Commission – DG REGIO).

The 30-Month project (2017-20) enhances regional development through the Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe in the Baltic Sea, the Danube, the Adriatic-Ionian and the Alpine Region. These EU Macro-Regions encompass 27 countries with more than 340 million people.

Routes4U Project objectives are:


  • Strengthening sustainable social, cultural and economic development in the 4 EU macro-region through the Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe
  • Strengthening the cultural cooperation between (local, national, and international stakeholders of the 4 EU macro-regions
  • Strengthening the participation of the civil society, ensuring the potential of cultural heritage as a resource for sustainable development

The project aims at very concrete tools to foster regional development through cultural heritage policies. Among the highlighted activities, the identification and drafting of guidelines for transnational regional policies on Cultural Routes for local authorities and operators, the development of new competencies and skills through e-learning modules and development of tourism tools and products such as a Cultural Routes card and a trip planner.

Routes4U is implemented:

  • by the Enlarged Partial Agreement on Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe (Luxembourg)
  • through the Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe networks
  • in coordination with the EU Macro Regions and European Commission
  • according to the Council of Europe Framework Convention on the Value of Cultural Heritage for Society (Faro Convention, 2005)

The Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe programme underscores, as does the Faro Convention, the importance of local citizens and their affinity with their region to understand and identify the cultural heritage. Local involvement through the Cultural Routes networks attracts new activities and encourages sustainable tourism, while ensuring that the economic use does not threaten the heritage itself.

At the moment, more than 25 networks certified "Cultural Route of the Council of Europe" and 15 potential cultural routes had been identified as potential partners to implement the action in the 27 countries (EU and non-EU) belonging to the 4 EU macro-regions.

Routes4U Toolkit