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05 April 2020

Activity Details (ID# 22298)  

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Title Regional Programme for cultural and natural heritage in South East Europe: Cultural Corridors Pilot Project 
Description Fact-finding meeting to develop the project concept and gather research for the final project proposal. To be attended by key partners. 
Status Completed 
Date 28/04/2008 - 29/04/2008 
Location Belgrade, Serbia
Countries CoE Members: Bosnia and Herzegovina / Bulgaria / Croatia / Montenegro / Romania / Serbia / Slovenia / ''the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia''
Regions: South-East Europe
  Joint Programme Activity - IRPP-SAAH 4
Joint Programme EC/CoE
JP IRPP-SAAH 4 - Culture 2000 -Integrated Rehabilitation Project Plan - Survey on Architectural and Archaeological Heritage in SEE - 4th EC/CoE Covenant 2006-2008    (Logframe)  (Activities)
Project Purpose 1 - 2006/DG4/JP/1681   IRPP-SAAH 4 - consolidated process
Expected Result 1.4 - Pilot Cultural Corridor Project (PCCP) for cross-border collaboration (minimum of three countries) will have tested a co-operation model based on local development
Council of Europe Programme of Activities
I – Culture and intercultural dialogue
Line of Action ⇒ V.3 – Protection and promotion of cultural and natural diversity
Programme ☆ V.3.1  Implementing Council of Europe standards for culture and cultural heritage and cooperation in priority regions (South East Europe, South Caucasus and Black Sea)
Project 2003/DG4/111 Regional programme for cultural and natural heritage in South East Europe
Expected Result 4 Trans-regional co-operation is strengthened.

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Expert Meeting / Expertise 
Directorate (Service) Education, Culture and Heritage, Youth and Sport (Directorate of Culture and Cultural and Natural Heritage)
CoE Contact GROSSMANN, Madelena   email
Last Modified 11/12/2008 

Activity Synopsis (ID# 22298) (Hide Synopsis)

Objective(s) Working Seminar for pilot projects to be discussed and assessed in the context of developing an evidence base for the report on “Cultural Corridors” (CC)

The aim of the meeting was to identify potential regional partners for the development and implementation of pilot projects relating to CCs. The concept of the CC is being developed as a new form of policy tool, which would support cross-border cultural exchange with the aim of stimulating economic and cultural development while safeguarding the cultural values of the region.

Output/Results This meeting on Cultural Corridors in South East Europe (SEE) brought together a wide range of cultural actors who are interested in contributing to the development of pilot cultural corridors in SEE.

In order to achieve the goals of the project, it is important to work at grass routes level in the region, with cultural actors themselves taking responsibility for the actions involved.


The atmosphere of the meeting was very positive and demonstrated that there was potential to develop a pilot CC in the region. New Moment had succeeded in gathering a superb mix of potential partners who were not only keen to contribute and work together, but also inspired by the idea of the new policy framework being proposed. If we analyse the projects presented in terms of the basic criteria proposed for the CC, then they map onto this template quite well.

1. Support exchange and integration across the cultural industries:
Most of the projects already have multi-disciplinary activities, and these seem to be increasing. The festivals present indicated that they felt collaboration between events within different disciplines would be fruitful (perhaps more so than collaboration between similar types of festivals). Many of the projects presented already have links with each other and with similar projects in the region. Again, this demonstrates the potential for collaboration and the necessary skills to undertake projects together.

2. Sustain innovative, creative activities which valorise and strengthen regional identities

Innovation is an important aspect of all the projects. They are also committed to developing creative activities at regional level, particularly in the face of growing globalisation of culture.

3. Involve cross-border exchange, regionally or nationally

The different cultural actors are already developing cross-border activities, mainly within the region but also internationally. The experience developed in these collaborations provides a good basis for future projects within the CC framework.

4. Generate revenues and sustainability through the process of cultural exchange

It is clear that some of the festivals have significant economic impacts. There seems to be potential for developing synergies between projects which would help to maximise these impacts and provide genuine added value.

5. Incorporate the principle of fair exchange or equitable distribution of profits from the process of cultural exchange

There appears to be a commitment to fair exchange in principle, but the mechanisms for supporting fair exchange across borders is currently lacking. There is a willingness from the partners to develop such mechanisms.

6. Sustain a stakeholder management partnership

It is currently unclear what form a partnership within the framework of the CC might take, but an association or foundation have been suggested as possible vehicles.

7. Provide for broad community engagement and collective ownership of the activity or intellectual assets involved

All of the projects currently have a high degree of community involvement, but the notion of collective ownership needs to be investigated further.

8. Promote and extend the use of technology (communication and information technologies, web technologies, digital media, etc.) as a vehicle for collaboration and exchange

Most of the projects already have a significant element of new technology in their activities. There is clearly potential for commonly-developed technologies to be used as a means for stimulating collaboration in the CC.

9. The activity should be grounded on a legal relationship, or on an agreement which anticipates a legal framework.

Conclusions/Follow Up The existing legal frameworks would have to be assessed to see how compatible they are with the CC concept.

The Report on Cultural Corridors which has been commissioned in the context of the EU/CoE joint programme.

CoE Secretariat  
Total No. Participants 35 
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