10th Training Academy on Cultural Routes held in Dordogne, France

31 MAY - 2 JUNE 2023 DORDOGNE, FRANCE

The 10th edition of the Training Academy on Cultural Routes is held in Périgueux-Montignac and Les Eyzies de Tayac, Dordogne, France, from 31 May - 2 June. It is organised by the European Institute of Cultural Routes and the Prehistoric Rock Art Trails, certified Cultural Route of the Council of...

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Luxembourg: National Coordination meeting on the Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe

12 MAY 2023 LUXEMBOURG

On May 12th 2023, the Ministry of Culture, the Ministry of Economy and the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of Luxembourg organised a national coordination meeting for the representatives of the 9 certified Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe crossing the Grand Duchy. The meeting was...

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EPA : the EPA Governing Board holds its annual meeting in Luxembourg

10-11 MAY 2023 LUXEMBOURG

The EPA Governing Board is holding its annual meeting on 10-11 May 2023 in Luxembourg. Composed of 38 member States and one Observer State, the EPA Governing Board is the governing body that awards the “Cultural Route of the Council of Europe” certification each year, and it also discusses...

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Luxembourg: the Post of the Grand-Duchy of Luxembourg launches a stamp to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the European Institute of Cultural Routes

10 MAY 2023 LUXEMBOURG

On 10 May 2023, during the EPA Governing Board meeting, the Post Philately of the Grand-Duchy of Luxembourg presented the stamp that has been prepared in the framework of the 25th anniversary of the European Institute of Cultural Routes. The stamp was presented by Mr. Emile ESPEN, head of Post...

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Historic Cafés Route: Certification Ceremony in Coimbra, Portugal

7 MAY 2023 COIMBRA, PORTUGAL

On May 7th 2023, the official certification ceremony of the Historic Cafés Route as a "Cultural Route of the Council of Europe" took place. The ceremony took place at the Café Santa Cruz in Coimbra, Portugal, as part of the celebrations of the café's 100th anniversary. The Cultural Route, which...

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EPA: the Republic of Moldova joins the Enlarged Partial Agreement on Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe

20 APRIL 2023 STRASBOURG, FRANCE

The Enlarged Partial Agreement on Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe (EPA) is pleased to welcome the Republic of Moldova as a new EPA member State. On 7 April, Mr. Nicu POPESCU, Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic of Moldova, informed HE Mrs. Marija PEJČINOVIĆ BURIĆ, Secretary General of...

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France: launch of an interactive map on the 31 Cultural Routes crossing the country

April 2023 Paris, France

The French Ministry of Culture has just created an interactive digital map allowing users to discover the 31 Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe that cross France. This interactive map presents all the routes certified by the Council of Europe in France. Detailed information sheets then...

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Estonia becomes Observer with the Enlarged Partial Agreement on Cultural Routes

17 APRIL 2023

Starting on 17 April 2023, Estonia has been granted Observer status with the Enlarged Partial Agreement on Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe (EPA). On 29 March 2023, the Minister of Culture of Estonia, Mr. Piret HARTMAN requested the status with the EPA. Pursuant to article 2.3 of the...

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Spain : the Ministry of Culture and Sports launches an app on the Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe crossing Spain

18 APRIL 2023 MADRID, SPAIN

On 18 April 2023, the Ministry of Culture and Sports of Spain launched a new App on the Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe crossing Spain. The aim of the App is to promote the sustainable development of the Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe in Spain, and to encourage the improvement...

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The Secretariats of the EPA and UNESCO World Heritage Convention discuss cooperation

4 APRIL 2023 PARIS, FRANCE

The Secretariats of the Enlarged Partial Agreement on Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe (EPA) and the UNESCO World Heritage Convention met on 4 April 2023 at the UNESCO headquarters in Paris, France, to discuss possible future cooperation and synergies between the two programmes. The...

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2023-2024 Certification Cycle underway: applications now open

3 April 2023

Certified Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe are subject to regular monitoring and evaluation procedure through independent expert reports and recommendations. In the framework of the 2023-2024 Certification Cycle, 9 certified Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe will undergo the...

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Switzerland: Sustainability Forum 2023: Sustainability in Swiss Tourism

31 MARCH 2023 Lugano, Switzerland

Switzerland recently hosted the Swiss Sustainability Forum 2023, which focused on the crucial topic of sustainability in tourism. Held on 31 March 2023 in Lugano, the event brought together scholars and practitioners from around the world to share research, practices, and initiatives, and to...

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The EPA Secretariat attends the 9th Meeting of the European Commission’s Expert Group on Cultural Heritage

21-22 MARCH 2023 BRUSSELS

The European Commission's Expert Group on Cultural Heritage recently held its 9th Meeting in Brussels on 21 and 22 March 2023. The European Commission's Expert Group on Cultural Heritage recently held its 9th Meeting in Brussels on 21 and 22 March 2023. During the event, several reports were...

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Spain: the Ministry of Culture and Sports organises the 2nd Annual National Coordination meeting on Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe

8-9 March 2023 Santiago de Compostela, Spain

On 8-9 March 2023, the Ministry of Culture and Sport of Spain organised the 2nd Annual National Coordination meeting for the representatives of the 25 certified Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe crossing Spain in the city of Santiago de Compostela. The meeting was the opportunity for...

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The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe adopts a resolution on the Cultural Routes Programme

3 March 2023 The Hague, Netherlands

The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe Standing Committee, meeting in The Hague, called on member States to join the Enlarged Partial Agreement on Cultural Routes, which allows for the concrete implementation of Council of Europe policies on the value of heritage for promoting...

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The EPA Bureau meets in Luxembourg to discuss the 2022-2023 Certification Cycle

1-2 March 2023 Luxembourg

The Bureau of the Governing Board of the Enlarged Partial Agreement on Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe (EPA) held its annual meeting on 1-2 March 2023 in Luxembourg. The meeting was opened by Mr. Julien VUILLEMIER, Chair of the EPA Governing Board, Mr. Matjaz GRUDEN, Director of...

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France: Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe Programme presented on the website of the Ministry of Culture

1 March 2023 Paris, France

The French Ministry of Culture presents the Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe on its website, under the heading "Protections, labels and designations", which can be accessed from the home page via the "Aides et démarches" tab. The interactive map of the Cultural Routes that pass through...

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Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe: New publications 2023 now available

9 February 2023

The Enlarged Partial Agreement on Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe (EPA) and the European Institute of Cultural Routes (EICR) are pleased to announce the new publication on Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe 2023. The newly designed publication features in its English and French...

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European Union: Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe among the priorities for a reinforced strategic partnership with the Council of Europe in 2023-2024

30 January 2023

On 30 January, the Council of the European Union adopted the new priorities that will guide the cooperation between the EU and the Council of Europe in the next two years. The EU strives to strengthen the role of the Council of Europe as the reference International Organisation for promoting...

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Cultural Routes on-line database: Network members of Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe certified in 2022 updated

The Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe Programme sees a remarkable growth in the number of new network members each year. In 2022, 84 new institutional members joined the Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe networks through the 3 new “Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe” 2022,...

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