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Partners' and Externals' Perspective

30 Years of cultural routes of the Council of Europe

CONNECTING EUROPEAN HERITAGE Stefano Dominioni

Executive Secretary, Enlarged Partial Agreement on Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe (EPA) Director, European Institute of Cultural Routes (EICR)

Laura Ligazzolo

European Institute of Cultural Routes (EICR)

PAST AND PRESENT OF THE CULTURAL ROUTES OF THE COUNCIL OF EUROPE

“May the faith which has inspired pilgrims throughout history, uniting them in a common aspiration and transcending national differences and interests, inspire us today, and young people in particular, to travel along these routes in order to build a society founded on tolerance, respect for others, freedom and solidarity”1. This wording of the Santiago 1  Santiago De Compostela Declaration, 23 October 1987. Available at

http://culture-routes.net/sites/default/files/files/1987_COMPOSTELA_DECLARATION.pdf .

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de Compostela Declaration marks the launching of the Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe programme in 1987, recognising the St. James’ Ways as the first Cultural Route of the Council of Europe. Since then, the Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe have been promoting Europe’s cultural heritage and diversity, making it accessible to all Europeans, providing spaces for intercultural dialogue, fostering local sustainable development. This year the Programme celebrates its thirtieth anniversary. Established in a Europe divided by political and ideological cleavages, the Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe provided a strong message for deeper European integration, and cultural-co-operation. Today, the programme of the Cultural Routes maintains all its relevance as a powerful tool for promoting democratic citizenship and intercultural dialogue –in line with the core values of the Council of Europe: human right, democracy and the rule of law. A HOLISTIC UNDERSTANDING OF CULTURE AND HERITAGE

The Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe are

62nd edition of the Synergy Magazine  
62nd edition of the Synergy Magazine  

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