Condiciones para obtener la certificación "Itinerario Cultural del Consejo de Europa"

Los solicitantes deben cumplir con ciertos criterios para ser considerados como candidatos para la certificación "Itinerario Cultural del Consejo de Europa" otorgada por el Consejo de Dirección del APA:

  • Presentar un tema representativo de los valores europeos que sea común a al menos tres países europeos;
  • Identificar elementos del patrimonio conformados por las características geográficas, culturales, históricas y naturales de las diferentes regiones;
  • Crear una red europea con un estatus legal que reúna a los sitios y actores involucrados en el itinerario;
  • Coordinar acciones conjuntas para alentar diferentes tipos de cooperación cultural, incluyendo a nivel científico estimulando el debate social sobre su tema, ofrecer a los ciudadanos europeos una interpretación de su historia común y su patrimonio común, establecer una serie de actividades coherentes para jóvenes europeos de diferentes culturas y orígenes y, finalmente, fomentar el turismo cultural y el desarrollo cultural sustentable;
  • Crear una visibilidad común para permitir la identificación de los elementos que forman parte del itinerario, garantizando su notoriedad y coherencia a través de Europa.

Con el objetivo de ser elegibles para la certificación, las redes candidatas deben cumplir con los criterios descritos en el documento CM/Res(2013)67 revising the rules for the award of the Cultural Route of the Council of Europe certification.

Two main bodies are involved in the certification process:

  • The Enlarged Partial Agreement on Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe (EPA) is supported by member States, mainly represented by Ministries of Culture, Tourism and Foreign Affairs. The EPA takes the final decision on the award certification every year during its April's meeting.
  • The European Institute of Cultural Routes (EICR), the technical agency set up as part of a political agreement between the Council of Europe and the Grand-Duchy of Luxembourg, supports the EPA's evaluation process. EICR carries out the first assessment of the application and the follow-up of the independent experts' reports.

Evaluación de las redes candidatas que solicitan la certificación "Itinerario Cultural del Consejo de Europa"

Cada año, las redes que deseen solicitar la certificación "Itinerario Cultural del Consejo de Europa" pueden hacerlo solicitando una aplicación a la Secretaría del EPA.

An evaluation cycle last approximately ten months, from the call for applications (June - Year 0) to the notification regarding the decision on the certification's award (May - Year +1) .

 

Early June (Year 0)

  • Call for applications for certification as “Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe” posted on the Enlarged Partial Agreement on Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe website

Mid-September (Year 0)

  • Deadline for submitting the application form for certification

October (Year 0)

  • Analysis of the submitted documentation by the European Institute of Cultural Routes (EICR).
  • Selection by the EPA Secretariat of the independent experts in charge of drafting the evaluation reports.

October - Decemeber (Year 0)

  • Independent expert review and contact with Cultural Route management in order to verify the documentation submitted and prepare the evaluation report.
  • Field visit along the route by the independent expert and meeting with the Cultural Route management.
  • Preparation of evaluation report by the independent expert.

End of December (Year 0)

  • Deadline for submission of the evaluation reports by the independent experts.

January (Year +1)

  • Examination of the evaluation report by the EPA Secretariat with the support of the EICR and drafting of recommendations to the Bureau of the EPA Governing Board.

February (Year +1)

  • Examination of the evaluation report by the Bureau of the EPA Governing Board, experts audition where necessary and drafting of recommendations to the EPA Governing Board.

March (Year +1)

  • Sending of expert reports to certified Cultural Routes along with any requests for further information from the EPA Bureau.
  • Invitation to present the Cultural Route during the EPA Governing Board April meeting in Luxembourg.

April (Year +1)

  • Examination by the EPA Governing Board of the evaluation reports and the recommendations made by the EICR and EPA Bureau.
  • Audition of the selected projects at the EPA Governing Board meeting in Luxembourg.
  • Decision by the EPA Governing Board concerning the certification.

May (Year +1)

  • Notification letter by the EPA Executive Secretary to the auditioned candidates concerning the results of their application for certification of their network as “Cultural Route of the Council of Europe”.

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