The annual Training Academy for Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe took place from the 12th to 15th June 2018 at the Royal Monastery of Yuste in Cuacos de Yuste (Extremadura, Spain). On this occasion, the VII edition was organized by the European Institute of Cultural Routes, the Cooperation Network of European Routes of the Emperor Charles V and the European and Ibero-American Academy of Yuste Foundation, with the support of the Regional Government of Extremadura and the Provincial Government of Caceres.
The Opening Session was attended by Francisco MARTÍN General Director for Tourism of the Regional Government of Extremadura), Rosario CORDERO, (President of the Province Council of Cáceres), José María HERNÁNDEZ GARCÍA, (Mayor of Cuacos of Yuste), Francesco FORGIONE, (President of the European Routes of Charles V), Juan Carlos MORENO PIÑERO, (Director of the European and Ibero-american Academy of Yuste Foundation), Ignacio MUÑOZ LLINÁS, (Delegate of National Heritage for the Royal Monastery of Yuste), Marianne BERGER MARJANOVIC, (Chair of the Enlarged Partial Agreement on Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe), Eladio FERNANDEZ GALIANO, (Head of Democratic Initiatives Department, Council of Europe) and Stefano DOMINIONI (Executive Secretary of the Enlarged Partial Agreement on Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe and Director of the European Institute of Cultural Routes).
The 2018 edition has brought together more than 70 participants from 16 countries including renown experts, representatives of 20 certified Routes of the Council of Europe, 15 candidate routes and representatives of other organizations such as the Iberoamerican States Organization (OEI). During four days, using interactive methodologies and working groups, attendees have analyzed how to give more value to European cultural routes, how the use of technology can boost their activity, how to take advantage of the potential of social networks and the importance of establishing strategic alliances and partnerships. The meeting has provided the ideal framework for a fruitful debate on innovation in the Cultural Routes and the reinterpretation of European cultural heritage, highlighting the role of heritage, culture and tourism as engines for local development and the promotion of european values.