Call for Independent Experts (2018-2021): Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe certification and regular evaluation cycles

July 2018

Pursuant Resolution CM/Res(2013)67, the Secretariat of the Enlarged Partial Agreement on Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe (EPA) shall update every three years its list of eligible independent experts who may be asked to provide opinions on the award of the “Cultural Route of the Council...

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Italy: First international European Silk Route meeting

7 June 2018 Venice, Italy

On 7th June 2018, was held the first international meeting of the European Silk Route project in Venice, Italy. The meeting was attended by Mrs Gabriella Battaini-Dragoni, Deputy Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Mrs Luisella Pavan-Woolfe, Director of the Council of Europe Venice...

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20th Anniversary of the European Institute of Cultural Routes

Visit of the 47 Ambassadors of the Council of Europe and Observers in Luxembourg

31 May - 1 June 2018 Luxembourg

The European Institute of Cultural Routes, technical agency of the Programme "Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe", celebrated its 20th anniversary on 31st May and 1st June 2018. Launched by the Council of Europe in 1987, the Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe demonstrate, through the...

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France: Minister in charge of European Affairs chairs citizen consultation on culture

24 May 2018 Nancy, France

On Thursday 24th May, in the Grand Salon of the Town Hall of Nancy, was held a citizen consultation entitled "Rethinking heritage and citizen engagement: the example of cultural routes of the Council of Europe". At the invitation of the Mayor of Nancy, Mr. Laurent Hénart, Mrs. Nathalie Loiseau,...

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France: General Assembly of the European Association of the Via Francigena

18 - 19 May 2018 Champlitte, France

On Friday 18 and Saturday 19 May, a Conference and a General Assembly of the European Association of the Via Francigena (AEVF) was held in Champlitte, France. It was the first time in the history of the AEVF that their General Assembly was held in France. A conference preceding the General...

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Two new Cultural Routes certified

16 May 2018 Luxembourg

On 18-19th April 2018, the Governing Board of the Enlarged Partial Agreement on Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe (EPA), certified two new “Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe” bringing the programme to 33 certified routes. The Impressionisms Routes, organised in painters’ routes, aim...

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Croatia: Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe presented at the 4th Congress of Rural Tourism

9 May 2018 Brac, Croatia

On 9th May and at the invitation of Mr. Frano MATUSIC, Secretary of State for Tourism of Croatia, and Mrs. Dijana KATICA, President of the Organisation Committee in the framework of the Congress, Stefano DOMINIONI presented the Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe programme to 300 Congress...

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Germany: Iron Curtain Trail meeting

3 - 5 May 2018 Berlin, Germany

Between 3-5 May 2018, the EuroVelo 13 – Iron Curtain Trail Conference was held in Berlin, Germany, in presence of Michael Cramer (MEP), Marianne Birthler (former German Federal Commissioner for the Stasi Records), and Adam Bodor (European Cycle Federation). At the invitation of the conference...

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Finland: Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe launching event

24 April 2018 Jyväskylä, Finland

On 24th April, the Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe Programme was officially presented at the occasion of the Seminar on “Cultural routes network – Cultural routes as international content for tourism” in Jyväskylä, Finland. Marianne Berger-Marjanovic, newly elected Chair of the Enlarged...

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EPA Governing Board 2018

18-19 April 2018 Luxembourg

On 18-19 April 2018, the Annual Governing Board of the Enlarged Partial Agreement on Cultural Routes (EPA), which brings together the Members States and Observers of the EPA, met at the Neumünster Abbey, in Luxembourg. Among the topics discussed, the evaluation cycle 2017-18 (audition of...

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Ukraine: the Minister for Culture welcomes a conference on Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe

12 April 2018 Kharkiv, Ukraine

On 12th April 2018, the Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe programme was presented at the occasion of the International Seminar “Cultural Heritage as Resource for Development: Opportunities within European Programs” in Kharkiv, Ukraine. The event was held in presence of the Minister of...

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The Holy See joins the EPA

9 April 2018 Strasbourg, France

On Wednesday 21st March 2018, the Archbishop Paul R. Gallagher, Secretary for the Holy See’s Relations with States, informed Mr Thorbjørn Jagland, Secretary General of the Council of Europe of the Holy See’s accession to the Enlarged Partial Agreement on Cultural Routes, registered as of the 21st...

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Romania: Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe promoted by the Ministry of Tourism

12-16 March 2018 Bacău, Sucevița and Baia Mare, Romania

Romania, through its Ministry of Tourism and Ministry of Culture and National Identity, is a member of the Enlarged Partial Agreement on Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe since 2013, quality which enables an active involvement on international level regarding cultural tourism and...

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Routes4U Project | Interview with Commissioner Crețu

26 March 2018 Brussels, Belgium

We invite Ms Corina Crețu, European Commissioner for Regional Policy (DG REGIO), to tell us more about the origins of the EU Macro-Regional Strategies, her views on the Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe programme and the role of civil societies in the EU Macro-regional Strategies. Ms...

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Ireland: Conference on Cultural Routes

9 March 2018 Waterford, Ireland

On Friday 9 March 2018, the conference ‘Pilgrimage and the Evolution of Spiritual Tourism’ took place in Waterford, Ireland. Organised jointly between the Spirituality Institute for research and Education (SpIRE), Dublin, and the Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT), the conference aimed to...

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Montenegro: Official Launching of the Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe programme

13 March 2018 Podgorica, Montenegro

On 13 March, the Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe programme was officially launched at the occasion of a meeting at the Ministry of Culture of Montenegro. In his opening speech, Aleksandar Bogdanović, Minister of Culture of Montenegro, provided an overview of cultural policies in...

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Routes4U Project | Interview with Inger Harlevi

March 2018

Routes4U interviews are an invitation to get to know the different stakeholders of the 2017-2020 Joint Programme by the European Union and the Council of Europe. We invite Inger Harlevi, Route manager of the Hansa (Cultural Route of the Council of Europe since 1991), to tell us the last...

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Application deadline extension: 16 April 2018

Routes4U Project | Call for experts

Routes4U is a joint programme between the Council of Europe (Enlarged Partial Agreement on Cultural Routes (EPA), Directorate General of Democracy) and the European Union (European Commission, Directorate-General Regional and Urban Policy) for 2017 until 2020. The 30-months project aims to foster...

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Georgia: Official Launching of the Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe programme

27 February 2018 Tbilisi, Georgia

On 27 February, the Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe programme was officially launched during a Ceremony at the Ministry of Culture and Sport of Georgia. In his opening speech, Mikheil Giorgadze, Minister of Culture and Sport of Georgia, introduced the national strategy of Georgia for the...

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2017 Activity Report

February 2018

2017 has been a rich and exciting year in activities and results , marked by the 30th anniversary of the programme, celebrated during the Annual Advisory Forum in Lucca (Italy). Revisit the finest moments that marked the Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe programme through the 2017 Activity...

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