Release of the first Routes4U publication, the Roadmap for the Adriatic-Ionian Region | N°9 - November 2018
The Routes4U Roadmap for the Adriatic-Ionian Region is published in the framework of the European Year of Cultural Heritage
Roadmap for the Adriatic-Ionian Region
The Roadmap for the Adriatic-Ionian Region is the first to measure the presence, impact and future of the Cultural Routes in the Adriatic and Ionian Region. In order to identify macro-regional needs on sustainable cultural tourism and transnational cultural cooperation, data of all Cultural Routes crossing the Adriatic and Ionian Region concerning activities, members, thematic priorities and geographical coverage have been retrieved and analysed. One section is dedicated to the Routes4U Cultural Route flagship identified by the representatives of the EU Strategy for the Adriatic Ionian Region: the Routes of the Olive Tree, certified in 2005 by the Council of Europe, and the Roman Emperors Route.
Routes4U meeting: Cultural Routes for the Danube regional development
Bucharest, Romania | 6 November 2018
"The Routes4U conference (...) promotes the Danube as a destination through macro-regional Cultural Routes at a time when we need to strenghten the role of culture in territorial development". Diana Tenea, General Director of the Romanian Ministry of Regional Development and Public Administration.
On 6 November, the first Routes4U meeting for the Danube Region (EUSDR) took place in Bucharest, Romania. Over 70 participants from national and regional institution from the EU macro-region, as well as Cultural Routes certified by the Council of Europe and projects, contributed to identify the regional needs of the Danube Region in the framework of the Routes4U Project.
The Routes4U grants funds projects (10 000€/grant) which produce an added value to the Council of Europe and the European Commission’s efforts in the domain of Cultural Routes and macro-regional strategies.
The four calls for proposals are tailored made for the implementation of Cultural Routes activities answering to the four EU macro-regional strategies priorities: the Adriatic-Ionian (EUSAIR), the Alpine (EUSALP), the Baltic Sea (EUSBSR) and the Danube Region (EUSDR).
Strengthening the Routes of the Olive Tree in the Adriatic-Ionian Region
Mali Lošinj, Croatia | 14-16 November 2018
In the framework of the Croatian Chairmanship of the Council of Europe and the Presidency of the Central European Initiative, the international workshop on “The Cultural Routes of the Olive Tree as a model for Europe’s values, heritage and sustainable development” took place on 14-16 November 2018 in the Island of Mali Lošinj, Croatia.
The meeting was organised back to back with the meeting of the EU Strategy for the Adriatic-Ionian Region Thematic Steering Group 4 - Sustainable Tourism (EUSAIR - TSG 4). It focussed on The Routes of the Olive Tree as one of the Routes4U Cultural Route flagship identified by the representatives of the Adriatic-Ionian Region (EUSAIR TSG 4).
EUSAIR workshop on "Cultural tourism and local identity"
Athens, Greece | 30 November 2018
The EUSAIR workshop on "Cultural tourism and local identity" took place on the 30 November 2018 in Athens, Greece.
Organized by the Greek Ministry of Tourism with the support of the Greek Ministry of Economy and Development, one of the workshop's objective was to raise awareness among the EUSAIR stakeholders on the development of sustainable and thematic/cultural routes and products.
Marianne Berger-Marjanovic, President of the EPA on Cultural Routes – Council of Europe, presented the Routes4U Project activities and how Cultural Routes strengthen regional development. Three Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe (Routes of the Olive Tree, European Route of Historic Thermal Towns and Iter Vitis Route) presented their activities, illustrating their contribution to diversify the tourism offer and raise local identity awareness.
Cultural heritage for the promotion of the Baltic Sea Region
28-30 November 2018 | Gdansk, Poland
The Baltic Sea State Forum “Cultural Heritage in Promotion and Development of the Baltic Sea Region” took place from 28 to 30 of November in Gdansk, Poland.
Organised by the Polish Ministry of Culture and National Heritage and the National Maritime Museum in Gdansk, the meeting identified examples of sustainable use of heritage leading to socio-economic development of the region. Stefano Dominioni, Executive Secretary of the Enlarged Partial Agreement on Cultural Routes - Council of Europe, presented the Routes4U Project and best practices from two certified Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe in the Baltic Sea Region, The Hansa and the Viking Routes.
The second EUSALP Annual Forum "shaping.future.together. with the next generation" took place on 20 and 21 November 2018 in Innsbruck, Austria.
The EU Strategy for the Alpine Region (EUSALP) involves 48 regions in seven countries: Germany, France, Italy, Austria, Slovenia, Switzerland and Liechtenstein. Constanze Metzger, Routes4U Senior Project Officer, met with EUSALP representatives to further discuss how the Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe, that are present through over 350 members in the Alpine Region, can contribute to shape the future of the region.
“European Cultural Heritage” meeting at the European Parliament
Brussels, Belgium 19-20 November 2018
In the framework of the European Year of Cultural Heritage (EYCH), the European Parliament Committee on Culture and Education (CULT) held a meeting on "European Cultural Heritage" in Brussels, on 19 and 20 November.
Participants discussed heritage legislation, shared experiences and explored future actions and ideas on how to ensure a long-term legacy for the EYCH beyond 2018. Constanze Metzger, Routes4U Senior Project Officer, presented the Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe programme and the Routes4U Project as tools to strengthen sustainable regional development through heritage.
How to become a Cultural Route of the Council of Europe?
The certification “Cultural Route of the Council of Europe” is a guarantee of excellence. Every year, the certification is awarded to legally constituted networks, working on a European theme and implementing activities in at least three Council of Europe member States.
If you would like to learn more about the steps to follow to become a certified Cultural Route, take a look at our new dedicated webpage.