Certification cycle 2020-2021: A record number of 16 new applications received
In the framework of the Certification Cycle 2020-2021, 16 Cultural Route networks applied for “Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe” certification, and 4 certified Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe will undergo the process of regular evaluation.
Cultural Routes Database with Interactive Map now online
The Cultural Routes Database filters data by cross-searching information according to the various Cultural Routes, network member categories and by country. The interactive map allows to locate in Europe the members of the networks and the European heritage concerned.
Online Training Seminar for cultural routes applying for the certification "Cultural Route of the Council of Europe"
On 10-12 June, the Online Training Seminar served as an essential reference for representatives of cultural routes interested in applying for the “Cultural Route of the Council of Europe” certification within the upcoming Certification Cycle 2020-2021.
Georgia: two new certified “Cultural Routes of Georgia” and Memorandum of Understanding with the National Tourism Administration
On June 18, a Memorandum of Understanding was signed between the Ministry of Education, Science, Culture and Sport of Georgia and the National Tourism Administration of Georgia, in order to promote and develop cultural tourism. In the same event, the certification “Cultural Route of Georgia” was haded over to two new cultural routes: “St. Andrew Path” and “From Capital to Capital ”.
Romania: the first Cultural Route certified by the Ministry of Economy, Energy and Business Environment
In the framework of the voluntary system for recognition of Cultural Routes (Ministry of Economy, Energy and Business Environment of Romania, MEEMA) the “Route of the Wooden Churches in Bihor County” has been recognized as the first Cultural Route in Romania, on the initiative of the Bihor Destination Management Agency.
Luxembourg: two new network members join “Iter Vitis” and the “European Route of Historic Thermal Towns”
The Regional Tourist Office - Luxembourg Moselle Region acceded to the Iter Vitis European Federation, thus becoming the first member of Iter Vitis Route in Luxembourg, while the Municipality of Mondorf-les-Bains was welcomed as a new member of the European Route of Historic Thermal Towns in Luxembourg.
Armenia: Memorandum of Understanding with the Iter Vitis European Federation
A Memorandum of Understanding between the Ministry of Education, Science, Culture and Sport of the Republic of Armenia and the Iter Vitis European Federation has been signed, representing the beginning of Iter Vitis activities in Armenia and a further development of “Iter Vitis Causasus” project.
Switzerland: Via Francigena travels along the Swiss path
On 27 July, Mr. Julien VUILLEUMIER, the representative of Switzerland (Swiss Federal Office of Culture) in the Governing Board of the Enlarged Partial Agreement on Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe (EPA), joined the trip along the Swiss path of Via Francigena, between Romainmôtier and Cossonay (Canton of Vaud).
From the Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe:
The Hansa: 40th Hanseatic Days
On 4-7 June, in close coordination with the Hansabüro in Lübeck, the city of Brilon (Germany) organised the 40th edition of the Hanseatic Days, this year completely virtual. The Hanseatic Days saw the participation of 93 hanseatic cities, and 1 new member from Great Britain (the town of Beverley).
Over the last months, TRANSROMANICA has enhanced contents of the Cultural Route’s website and is developing its online activities through social media campaigns. Moreover, TRANSROMANICA is currently an official project partner in the HORIZON2020 project IMPACTOUR, devoted to create an innovative and easy-to-use methodology and tool to measure and assess the impact of Cultural Tourism.
Phoenicians’ Route and Iter Vitis Route: Intercultural dialogue in the Middle East with CROSSDEV Project
On 3 July, a cross-border agreement was signed between the partners of the ENICBC MED project CROSSDEV and two Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe - Iter Vitis Route and Phoenicians’ Route, which both have strong links with the intervention areas of the project.