Joint Programme with the European Commission “Routes4U” under implementation (2018-2020);
Cooperation with European Union, UNESCO, UNWTO, OECD, OEI and BSEC.
The Secretariat would like to thank all Member States, Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe, partner institutions and colleagues for their 2019 achievements. We very much look forward to continuing our collaboration in 2020. For more information on our forthcoming activities, stay tuned for our next monthly Newsletter!
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Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe highlighted in the UNWTO/UNESCO 4th World Conference Declaration on Tourism and Culture
6 new members join the European Route of Megalithic Culture: Certification Ceremony, “Leave no stone unturned!” International Conference
On 3-5 December, the International Conference “Leave no stone unturned! Megaliths in conference” was held in Sankelmark, Schleswig-Holstein (Germany). On the occasion of the Conference, the Accession Certificates were delivered to the new members of the European Route of Megalithic Culture network.
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Italy: European Heritage Label Information Day highlights complementarity with Cultural Routes
On 26 November, the “Europe and Cultural Heritage Promotion: the European Heritage Label” Information Day was held in Florence. The event was organized by the Secretariat General-Service I of the Italian Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities and Tourism, represented by Mrs Elisabetta SCUNGIO, representative of Italy to the EPA Governing Board. The Day was an opportunity to promote visibility and stimulate networking and funding opportunities for the European Heritage Label sites and the whole European heritage. During the event, Mrs Luisella PAVAN-WOOLFE, Head of the Council of Europe Programme Office in Venice, presented the Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe programme.
In the Footsteps of Robert Louis Stevenson: Annual Walk in the Fontainebleau Forest
On 20 October, the Association “Robert Louis Stevenson de Barbizon à Grez” organised its annual hike in the Forest of Fontainebleau linked to the trail followed by Stevenson from Grez-sur-Loing and Larchant to Recloses (France). For the first time people with disabilities seated in “joëlettes” took part in the walk and other various activities.
Route of the Olive Tree: Ancient Olive Trees Congress and Honorary Membership
On 29 November the Ancient Olive Trees Congress was held in Sénia Territory in Ulldecona (Tarragona, Spain) in which representatives of the Route of the Olive Tree, announced the recognition of the “Millenarian Olive Trees” project as honorary member of the Route. During the Congress both the Council of Europe Cultural Routes Programme and the Route of the Olive Tree were presented.
Cluniac Sites in Europe: launch of the application to the UNESCO World Heritage List
The project to register “Cluny and Cluniac Sites” on the UNESCO World Heritage List was made official on 18 October at Cluny Abbey (France). The project will be coordinated by the European Federation of Cluniac Sites managing the “Cluniac Sites in Europe” certified Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe. The Federation already ratified a partnership agreement with the French National Monument Centre (CMN) and plans to mobilize local communities and stakeholders.
News from the University Network for Cultural Routes Studies:
Compostela Group of Universities: “Linking University Knowledge on the Camino”
The project “Linking University Knowledge on the Camino” was held on 18-25 October in Santiago de Compostela and 17 Galician municipalities. Rectors, professors, students and services staff of the Galician universities and three member Universities of the Compostela Group of Universities (GCU) from Spain, Portugal and Mexico participated. The main objectives of this Project were the exchange of scientific-technological knowledge, the promotion of creativity, joint work and the strengthening of links and networks between participants and their Universities.