The Cultural Routes Programme of Council of Europe
The Cultural Routes' Programme of Council of Europe (CoE) is a project developed by an Enlarged Partial Agreement (treaty) in which are involved the CoE, the European Commission and 27 states -each year new countries are added-. It is governed by the Resolution of the Council of Ministers / Res (2013) 67, dated on18/12/2013, that confirms the Enlarged Partial Agreement (EPA) of Cultural Routes, signed in 2010 (CM / Res (2010) 52 and 53).
The main objective of the programme is to contribute to fostering European identity and citizenship through knowledge and awareness of Europe’s common heritage and to developing cultural links and dialogue both within Europe and with other countries and regions. The aim is to shape a common cultural area through the development of cultural routes in order to raise awareness of heritage, education, networking, quality and sustainable cross-border tourism and other related activities.
A Council of Europe Cultural Route (CECR) is a cultural, educational, heritage and tourism co-operation project aimed at developing and promoting an itinerary or a series of itineraries based on a historic route, a cultural concept, figure or phenomenon with transnational importance and significance for the understanding and respect of common European values. It can be a physical route or a network of heritage sites.
To date, 33 cultural routes dedicated to various cultural heritage themes (architecture, art, prehistory, historical figures, religious routes, traditional cultures, etc.) have been awarded this Council of Europe certification (www.culture-routes.net)