Routes4U is a joint programme between the Council of Europe and the European Union.

The 30-months project (2017-20) aims to foster regional development through the Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe programme in the four EU macro-regions, according to the Faro Convention.

The Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe are transnational grass-roots networks.  They act as channels for intercultural dialogue and promote a better knowledge and understanding of European shared heritage. Over 30 networks certified « Cultural Route of the Council of Europe » provide a wealth of leisure and educational activities for all citizens across Europe and beyond. They cover a range of different themes, such as architecture, cultural landscape, gastronomy or major figures of European art, music and literature.

EU macro-regional strategies are initiated and requested by EU and non-EU Member States located in the same geographical area via the European Council. These strategies deal with common challenges and opportunities identified in each macro-region. As intergovernmental initiatives, the implementation relies on the commitment of the participating countries. Four macro-regional strategies have been adopted so far by the EU: the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region (2009), the Danube Region (2010), the Adriatic and Ionian Region (2014) and the Alpine Region (2015).

The Council of Europe Convention on the Value of Cultural Heritage for Society, known as Faro Convention, emphasizes the important aspects of heritage as they relate to human rights and democracy. It promotes a wider understanding of heritage and its relationship to communities and society. The Convention encourages us to recognize that objects and places are not, in themselves, what is important about cultural heritage. They are important because of the meanings and uses that people attach to them and the values they represent.

More information: www.coe.int/routes4u

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