1987-2017: 30th Anniversary Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe | Newsletter Jan. 2017
“May the faith which has inspired pilgrims throughout history, uniting them in a common aspiration and transcending national differences and interests, inspire us today, and young people in particular, to travel along these routes in order to build a society founded on tolerance, respect for others, freedom and solidarity”
Santiago de Compostela Declaration, 1987
On 23 October 1987, the Santiago de Compostela Pilgrim Routes was chosen by the Council of Europe as its first Cultural Route and as a symbol of European heritage and identity, “a European space bearing a collective memory and criss-crossed by roads and paths which overcome distances, frontiers and language barriers”. 30 years later, 32 certified Cultural Routes promote the core values of the Council of Europe: human rights, democracy, cultural diversity and exchanges across boundaries. The Annual Advisory Forum, which will take place this year in Italy (Lucca, 27-29 September) will be the opportunity to celebrate this important anniversary in the history of the Cultural Routes Programme.
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We start the month with two important events: the presentation of our programme during the 1st French-Belarus working group on tourism (Paris, 16 January) and FITUR, the International Tourism Trade Fair (Madrid, 19 January).