"Routes4U", a new cooperation between the Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe and the EU macro-regions | N°1 - Feb. 2018
Regional Development | Social Cohesion | Cultural Cooperation
The 2017-20 Joint programme between the Council of Europe and the European Union, "Fostering regional development through transnational cultural routes, heritage policies and practices" (alias Routes4U), aims to :
strengthen sustainable development in the 4 EU Macro-Region through cultural heritage policies, practices and services;
increase the visibility and promote cultural heritage and tourism through Cultural Routes;
foster the role of the latter as drivers for regional, cultural and socio-economic growth;
strengthen transnational cooperation as well as participation of the civil society and local stakeholders in the existing certified Cultural Routes and the further development of cultural routes projects.
At the moment, more than 20 networks certified "Cultural Route of the Council of Europe" and 15 potential cultural routes had been identified as potential partners to implement the action in the 27 countries (EU and non-EU) belonging to the 4 EU macro-regions (Baltic Sea Region, Danube Region, Adriatic and Ionian Region, Alpine Region).
The networks certified “Cultural Route of the Council of Europe” implement in at least three European countries innovative activities pertaining to five main priority fields of action: 1. co-operation in research and development; 2. enhancement of memory, history and European heritage; 3. cultural and educational exchanges for young Europeans; 4. contemporary cultural and artistic practice; 5. cultural tourism and sustainable cultural development.
As January 2018, there is 31 networks certified, crossing more than 50 countries and over 1000 members.
"A European Union (EU) macro-regional strategy is a policy framework which allows countries located in the same region to jointly tackle and find solutions to problems or to better use the potential they have in common."
To date, four EU macro-regional strategies have been adopted for the Baltic Sea Region (2009), the Danube Region (2010), Adriatic and Ionian Region (2014) and the Alpine Region (2015).
They concern 19 EU Member States and 8 non-EU countries, representing over 340 million people.
Adriatic and Ionian (EUSAIR) | Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia , Greece, Italy, Montenegro, Serbia and Slovenia Alpine (EUSALP) | Austria, France, Germany, Italy, Liechtenstein, Slovenia and Switzerland Baltic (EUSBR)| Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland and Sweden Danube (EUSDR) | Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Moldova, Montenegro, Ukraine, Serbia, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Romania
by the Enlarged Partial Agreement on Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe (Luxembourg)
in coordination with the EU Macro Regions and European Commission
through the Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe networks
accordingly to the Council of Europe Framework Convention on the Value of Cultural Heritage for Society (Faro Convention, 2005)
Some expected results
Extension of existing Cultural Routes and certification process of new Cultural Routes
Strengthen the regional development of Cultural Routes
Improve the visibility of Cultural Routes of the four macro-regions
Promote the touristic and cultural activities in the four macro-regions
Strengthen the capacities of the four macro-regions
Sample of activities
Conference with training sessions in each region as well as creation of online e-learning material
Grant-system for selected projects of certified Cultural Routes and database on best practices
Organization of press travel for higher media coverage and creation of a webpage, newsletter and publications
Creation of a “Culture Routes Card” for promotional offers within the Cultural Routes
Development of Policy Guidelines for transnational and regional policies on Cultural Routes
Stefano DOMINIONI Executive Secretary, Enlarged Partial Agreement on Cultural Routes (Council of Europe) Director, European Institute of Cultural Routes (Luxembourg)
"The Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe is a fascinating programme because it creates bridges among people, providing a reading of Europe as a geographical space of shared history" The Routes4U interviews are an invitation to get to know the different stakeholders responsible for the implementation of the 2017-2020 Joint Programme between the European Union and the Council of Europe. In this first interview, we invite Stefano Dominioni to give his views on the Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe Programme and insights regarding the objectives of this new Joint Programme with the European Union.
"Routes4U is a project for the people, with the people, through the people in the four macro-regions. Please contact me if you wish to be part of it – your participation will contribute to its success"