Since 1998 the European Institute of Cultural Routes mission is to ensure the continuity and the implementation of the Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe programme in the 50 signatory countries of the European Cultural Convention (and beyond), in close cooperation with the Council of Europe.

The European Institute of Cultural Routes provides advice to the certified Cultural Routes and to the candidates, coordinates the evaluation and the certification cycles, relying on the considerable expertise it has accumulated on the methodology of advising, promoting and providing guidance to the Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe. Compliance of the Cultural Routes and of the candidates is assessed with reference to the criteria envisaged in the Committee of Ministers Resolution CM/Res(2013)67.

The European Institute of Cultural Routes staff provides assistance to the Cultural Routes network, hosts their managers and organises trainings, in relation to the organisational, technical and logistical aspects of the conception, development and promotion of Cultural Routes.

The European Institute of Cultural Routes houses the documentary resources of the programme, as well as a library with books on Cultural Routes and related subjects of interest. It welcomes researchers and students, coordinates the Network for Cultural Routes Studies, cooperates with several other universities in Europe and beyond.

The European Institute of Cultural Routes organises and participates in events, promoting the Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe Programme, disseminating information on them, hence contributing to their visibility. The European institute of Cultural Routes foster a greater awareness and understanding of the links between heritage, culture, tourism and development, on a European-wide scale.

After the creation of the Council of Europe Enlarged Partial Agreement on Cultural Routes (EPA), an agreement was signed between the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Luxembourg and the Secretary General of the Council of Europe, establishing the seat of the EPA in Luxembourg, at the European Institute of Cultural Routes.

 

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Colette Flesch, President, representative of the Ministry of Culture (Grand-Duchy of Luxembourg)

 

Barbara Zeches, Vice-president, Councellor to the Ministry of Culture (Grand-Duchy of Luxembourg) and representative of the Grand-Duchy of Luxembourg to the Governing Board of the Enlarged Partial Agreement on Cultural Routes (Council of Europe)

 

Christian Biever, Treasurer, Director of consular affairs and of international cultural relations of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs (Grand-Duchy of Luxembourg)

 

Stefano Dominioni, Secretariat, DIrector of the European Institute of Cultural Routes and Executive Secretary of the Enlarged Partial Agreement on Cultural Routes (Council of Europe)

 

Danièle Kohn-Stoffels, Member, Councellor of Government 1st Class, Ministry of Culture (Grand-Duchy of Luxembourg)

 

Claude Halsdorf, Member, Head of the joint office, Ministry of Economy, General Direction of Tourism (Grand-Duchy of Luxembourg)

 

Alfredas Jomantas, Member, Chair of the Governing Board of the Enlarged Partial Agreement on Cultural Routes (Council of Europe), Head of Division, Register of Cultural Heritage, Education and Public Relations, Ministry of Culture (Republic of Lithuania)

 

Matthew Johnson, Member, Director of Democratic Citizenship and Participation (DGII, Council of Europe)

 

Eladio Fernandez-Galiano, Member, Head of Culture, Nature and Heritage Department (DGII, Council of Europe)