Why obtaining the “Cultural Route of the Council of Europe” certification?
1. European dimension
- Develop a transnational membership network (legal association), including a European scientific committee, transnational program of activities;
- Access to qualified contacts with European network of researchers and experts;
2. Networking and visibility
- Use of the label "Cultural Route of the Council of Europe" and use of the Council of Europe logo;
- Exchange and development of synergies with other European Cultural Routes;
- Invitation to attend EPA Annual events Training Academy for Cultural Route managers, Cultural Route Advisory Forum
- Benefit from Council of Europe and European Institute of Cultural Routes communication strategy, visibility, presentations at international events;
3. Advising and funding opportunities
- Access to information on funding opportunities (European, national, local);
- Benefit from EPA and European Institute of Cultural Routes letters of support for funding applications;
- Subject of regular monitoring and 3-year evaluation procedure through independent expert report and recommendations.
Conditions for obtaining the “Cultural Route of the Council of Europe” certification
In order to award certification as a Cultural Route of the Council of Europe, a Route can apply in accordance with certain conditions:
- Defining a theme representative of European values and common to at least 3 countries of Europe;
- Identifying heritage elements shaped by the geographical as well as cultural, historical and natural features of the different regions;
- Creating a European network with legal status bringing together the sites and the stakeholders which are part of the Route;
- Co-ordinating common actions to encourage different kinds of cultural co-operation, also the scientific level stimulating social debate on its theme, propose to European citizens an interpretation of their common history and shared heritage and provoke a series of coherent activities for young Europeans coming from different cultures and backgrounds and finally encourage cultural tourism and sustainable cultural development;
- Creating common visibility to allow the identification of the items part of the Route, ensuring recognisability and coherence across Europe.
The process for creating a finalised dossier for a Cultural Route, eligible for certification from the Council of Europe, must follow the criteria described in CM/Res(2013)67 revising the rules for the award of the Cultural Route of the Council of Europe certification.
Evaluation cycle: timeline for the candidates
- July: Call for Application for certification as « Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe » posted on the Cultural Routes website.
- 30 September: Deadline by submitting the application form for certification by e-mail and post to the European Institute of Cultural Routes (EICR).
- October: Analysis by the EICR of the documentation submitted. When complying to the CM/Res(2013)67 criteria, selection of independent experts by the EICR in charge of drafting the evaluation reports.
- November N+0 - January N+1 : Independent expert review and contact with Cultural Route management in order to verify the documentation submitted and prepare the evaluation report. Field visit along the route by the independent expert and meeting with the Cultural route management. Preparation of evaluation report by the independent expert.
- February: Submission of the evaluation report by the independent expert. Examination of the evaluation report by the EICR and recommendation to the Bureau of the Enlarged Partial Agreement on Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe. Examination of the evaluation report by the Bureau of the Enlarged Partial Agreement, experts audition and recommendation to the Governing Board of the EPA on Cultural Routes.
- March: Communication by email to the candidates of the results of the evaluation of the experts audition. When applicable, invitation to present the cultural route project during the EPA Governing Board April meeting in Luxembourg.
- April: Examination of the evaluation report and of the recommendations of the EICR and the EPA Bureau by the EPA Governing Board. Audition of invited candidates during the Governing board meeting and decision concerning the certification.
- May: Notification letter send by the Executive Secretary of the Enlarged Partial Agreement to the auditioned candidates concerning the results of their application for certification of their network as “Cultural Route of the Council of Europe”.
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