2012 - 25 years of Council of Europe cultural routes

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2012 - 25 years of Council of Europe cultural routes

The Council of Europe’s cultural routes programme now includes24 certified routes, from the Saint James Ways to the Route of theOlive tree, as well as the Via Regia and the Via Francigena. Theyshare the objective of illustrating European cultures, traditions andheritage, promoting intercultural dialogue and respectful,sustainable cultural tourism.


Council of Europe cultural routes in Europe


Types of cultural route differ:The network of Saint James ofCompostelaSignificant Europeancemeteries


All of the routes serve to communicatethe values of the Council of Europeto local populations


They are are grass-roots vectors of cultural cooperation …


offering possibilities for regionalsocial and sustainable economic development


… and helping to promote intercultural dialogue, including inits religious dimension, wherever they are


The European Institute of CulturalRoutes in Luxembourg• the “technical agency” of the Council of Europe for theprogramme• funded by the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg• directed by the EPA executive secretary• its main tasks are evaluating the conformity of routes withResolution (2010)52, assessing new projects for certification,providing information, documentation and training oncultural routes management• 2011-2012, 24 evaluations of existing routes and new projects• 2012-2013, 10 evaluations• around 20 new projects are receiving advice and assistance


The Enlarged PartialAgreement (EPA)•adopted by 13 member states in December2010 for a trial period until December 2013•3 accessions and 2 notification ofaccession since June this year(Lithuania, Serbia, Andorra, Monacoand Germany), a total 19 member statesin January 2013•expected results for the end of 2013 are 10new member states, 10 new routes and atraining programme for routes managers bythe end of 2013Resolution Res(2010)53The EPA:•“shall contribute to the developmentand promotion of the Cultural Routesconcept in all its aspects in order to raiseawareness globally of Europe as atourism destination of a unique valueand quality.”•“It shall seek to shape a shared culturalspace through the development ofCultural Routes aiming to fosterawareness-raising about heritage,education, networking, quality andsustainable cross-border tourism andother related activities.”


The budgetThree main sources:•EPA member states contributions since the adoption ofResolution Res(2010)53 establishing the partial agreement:•Luxembourg Grand Duchy which finances the running costs of theinstitute•European Commission (currently DG ENTR, Tourism Unit) in theframework of Joint Programmes(plus some additional funding from other European programmes inwhich the Institute participates)


Activities in 2012


Activities in 2012European Commission“Crossroads of Europe”• European Commission Crossroads of Europeevent, Pavia, June5-7 June,Pavia,Italy


Activities in 2012 (continued)First cultural routes Summer Seminarat the European Youth Centre,Strasbourg, 3-7 September


Salon du patrimoineCarrousel du Louvre, 7-11 November


Recent developments• 21 November, 25 th anniversary of the cultural routesprogramme, opening of the exhibition on the culturalroutes in the main hall of the Palais de l’Europe• Annual Advisory Forum, 22-23 November, Colmar, anoccasion for routes to meet and to meet the routes. TheForum looked back on 25 years of Council of EuropeCultural Routes and outlined future orientations,adopting a “Colmar Declaration”


The Colmar Declaration – a roadmapfor the future•A representative of the routes was elected and will request observerstatus with the statutory bodies•The European Commission, UNESCO, the UNWTO and OECDpledged to share knowledge and experience and to work together onspecific relevant topics•Universities involved in training and capacity-building in culturaltourism decided to set up a network for Council of Europe culturalroutes studies•Good practices in regional development would be drawn together in acorpus of experiences and promoted within the programme


Plans for 2013 - meetings•Second Cultural Routes Summer Seminar (offers tohost from Trondheim, Grenada, Ravello…)•Advisory Forum 2013 (in Innsbruck)•Regional seminars in member states of the EPA•Thematic seminars in Luxembourg


Plans for 2013 - tools•Publication of the first handbook on design andmanagement of cultural routes


Launch of a new website for the Institute…


new visibility tools (“living library” videos, etc.)


Thank you for your attention

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