Budget: 1.111.111 €
Duration: 30 months (2017-2020)
Project Management: Enlarged Partial Agreement on Cultural Routes (EPA) - Council of Europe, Luxembourg

On 20 December 2017, the 1.1. Million EUR European Union Grant Agreement "Fostering regional development through transnational cultural routes, heritage policies and practices" was signed between the European Commission (DG REGIO), represented by Director Mrs. Lena ANDERSSON PENCH, and the Council of Europe, represented by Deputy Secretary General Mrs. Gabriella BATTAINI-DRAGONI.

The 30-Month Action (2017-2020), aka Routes4U, aims to:


  • Strengthening sustainable development in the 4 EU Macro-Region through cultural heritage policies, practices and services.
  • Increasing the visibility and promoting cultural heritage and tourism through Cultural Routes.
  • Strengthening transnational cooperation and participation of the civil society in the existing certified Cultural Routes and the further development of cultural routes projects.
  • Fostering the role of the Cultural Routes as drivers for regional, cultural and socio-economic growth.

Routes4U is implemented:

  • by the Enlarged Partial Agreement on Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe (Luxembourg)
  • in coordination with the EU Macro Regions and European Commission
  • through the Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe networks
  • 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 Convention, the importance of local citizens and their affinity with their region as essential to understanding and rediscovering the cultural identity of the sites and to attracting new activities, encouraging the cultural heritage and tourism sector in a sustainable way and ensuring that economic use does not threaten the cultural heritage itself.

At the moment, more than 20 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.

Countries involved in the 4 EU macro-regions Countries involved in the 4 EU macro-regions