The Grand Duchy of Luxembourg accommodated the European Institute of the Cultural Routes, placing at its disposal buildings and working tools; it also contributes in a very active way to the development of the programme through the Ministry of Culture.

The offices of the EICR are located in the Abbaye de Neumünster (CCRN), in Luxembourg.



The Council of Europe has co-operated with the European Commission in the context of Joint Programmes with DG Grow.

The Council of Europe / European Commission Joint Programme establishes biennial cooperation with the EU on the basis of shared cultural, economic, social and environmental development objectives in Europe.  An action programme based on the Cultural Routes supports the European cultural tourism strategy. (

The European Institute of Cultural Routes is also providing advice and technical support to several European Commission projects.

Joint-Programme Council of Europe / European Commission 2015-17

Main objectives of the 2015-17 Joint-Programme are to increase Europe’s visibility as a tourist destination as well as of its diverse destinations and to contribute to the touristic visibility and quality of European Cultural Routes certified by the Council of Europe or preparing for certification.

Joint-Programme Council of Europe / European Commission 2013-14

The 2013-2014 Joint Programme aimed at enhancing promotional activities and marketing of the Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe, as well as the mapping of Cultural Routes, and the capacity building for Cultural Routes managers.

Joint-Programme Council of Europe / European Commission 2011-13

The 2011-2013 Joint-Programme objectives were capacity building for Cultural Routes managers and reinforcing the common visibility. This programme served, in particular, to produce a manual of routes management in cooperation with academics, and to organise a training seminar - a “Cultural Routes summer school” for routes management.

Joint-Programme Council of Europe / European Commission 2010-11

From 2010 to 2011, a study on European Cultural Routes impacts on SMEs innovation, competitiveness and clustering was launched aiming to provide insights on the effects produced by the Council of Europe Cultural Routes Programme on SMEs performance, network and cluster development.



The European Institute of Cultural Routes is an associated member of NECSTouR.

NECSTouR is the Network of European Region for a Sustainable and Competitive Tourism gathering 28 Tourism Regional Authorities associated to 30 representatives of the academic and business sectors.

NECSTouR members work around 5 taskforces aimed to develop concrete actions in specific topics of Sustainable and Competitive tourism. The European Institute of cultural routes takes part in the following ones :

  1. Indicators
    • Analysing the TSG Indicators through the regional statistical systems
    • Exchange of innovative experiences of regional authorities for measuring sustainable tourism
    • Collaboration with INRoute (UNWTO)
  2. Governance of Cultural Routes
    • Analysing the governance of the existing cultural routes in order to create a toolkit of good governance for the creation and development of cultural routes,
    • Use of Regional indicators to measure the impact of cultural routes
    • Cooperation with the Council of Europe



The European Institute of Cultural Routes pursues a co-operation with the UNWTO through joint work in the areas of sustainable tourism, training for cultural routes and development of indicators.

The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) is the United Nations agency responsible for the promotion of responsible, sustainable and universally accessible tourism.

As the leading international organization in the field of tourism, UNWTO promotes tourism as a driver of economic growth, inclusive development and environmental sustainability and offers leadership and support to the sector in advancing knowledge and tourism policies worldwide.

UNWTO encourages the implementation of the Global Code of Ethics for Tourism, to maximize tourism’s socio-economic contribution while minimizing its possible negative impacts, and is committed to promoting tourism as an instrument in achieving the United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), geared towards reducing poverty and fostering sustainable development.

UNWTO generates market knowledge, promotes competitive and sustainable tourism policies and instruments, fosters tourism education and training, and works to make tourism an effective tool for development through technical assistance projects in over 100 countries around the world.

UNWTO’s membership includes 156 countries, 6 Associate Members and over 400 Affiliate Members representing the private sector, educational institutions, tourism associations and local tourism authorities.

The European Institute of cultural routes collaborates directly with the UNWTO.Themis Foundation, for example on a tailor-made sustainable tourism strategy training with Themis.

Founded in 1998, the UNWTO.Themis Foundation is responsable for implementing the work programme on Education and Training of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), with the objective of supporting Member States in the formulation and implementation of educational policies, plans and instruments which effectively contribute to an improvement in the quality, competitiveness and sustainability of the tourism sector through excellence in education and training.



The European Institute of Cultural Routes cooperates with the European Travel Commission. For instance, the ETC promotes some of the cultural routes of the Council of Europe on their new "Visit Europe" website and "Tasting Europe" portal. In this way, the routes get the promotion and visibility it deserves on these new platforms.

The European Travel Commission (ETC) is the non-profit organisation responsible for the promotion of Europe as a tourist destination in third markets. Their 33 member National Tourism Organisations work together to build the value of tourism to all the beautiful and diverse countries of Europe through, in particular, cooperating in areas of sharing best practices, market intelligence and promotion.

The main objectives of the European Travel Commission are to:

  • Promote Europe as an attractive tourist destination.
  • Assist member NTOs to exchange knowledge and work collaboratively.
  • Provide industry partners and other interested parties with easy access to material & statistics regarding inbound tourism to Europe.
  • Originally established in 1948, ETC has been promoting Europe internationally for over 60 years, and currently undertakes the following activities:
  1. Public relations.
  2. Consumer advertising in selected overseas markets
  3. Trade Promotions
  4. Market Research
  5. Professional development for members (seminars, information exchange)
  6. Liaison with other relevant agencies (e.g; the European Commission's Tourism Unit (DG Enterprise), the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), and the Organisation for Economic Co-Operation & Development (OECD)




The European Institute of Cultural Routes is in relationship with different international organizations dealing with cultural, tourist fields or other areas of expertise related to the ativities of the cultural routes of the Council of Europe. Thus the EICR has sometimes worked with organizations like the UNESCO, the OECD and the ICOMOS.