Community-Led Urban Strategies in Historic Towns (COMUS) Project

State date: January 2015
Duration: 30 months
Budget: EUR 650 000 for 5 countries
Donor: Council of Europe and European Union
Partners: Organization of World Heritage Cities and Ministry of Culture
Contact person: Mr Sarhat Petrosyan, Project Officer


The COMUS Project was a joint Council of Europe and European Union initiative that is part of the second Eastern Partnership Culture Programme. It stimulated social and economic development by enhancing cultural heritage in historic towns of the region. The project was carried out in nine small and medium sized historic towns in Armenia, Belarus, Georgia, the Republic of Moldova and Ukraine.

In line with the common priorities of both the Council of Europe and the European Union to improve the living conditions of Europeans and the quality of their living environments, while giving citizens a more direct role in defining, deciding and implementing local economic development projects. COMUS is an opportunity for Eastern Partnership countries to bridge heritage preservation concerns with municipal empowerment and economic growth.

More info can be found on the official website of COMUS: