The Chronicle

Best wishes for 2015

Welcome to the winter issue of our newsletter “The Chronicle”. 2014 has seen Heritage Europe’s increasing contribution to shaping European
policy on Cultural Heritage through our work as a member of the EU Commission’s expert group on Cultural Heritage, presenting to the EU Presidency conference held in Athens, and our continuing work with the European Heritage Alliance 3.3, as well as our involvement in several EU funded projects.
2014 saw the culmination of 2 major projects in which Heritage Europe has been a partner - HISTCAPE and ENCLOSE and the continuation of our work on LIFE+PERHT and CHCFE (Cultural Heritage Counts for Europe), projects which will conclude in 2015. Heritage Europe was also invited to participate in the JPI project SHUC (A Sustainable Future for the Historic Urban Core) attending the first workshop held in Newcastle, UK.Proposals for new projects in 2015 are under discussion and we will be reporting on these in our next newsletter. We hope you
enjoy this issue.


Secretary General, Heritage Europe

Dates for your Diary:

25-27 January Tallinn, Estonia. World Urban Development Congress INTA38 in Tallinn "Future Smart City Development. Territorial, social and technological innovation"

Click here for the programme and registration details

3-6 February 2015. Leuven, Belgium. “Heritage Counts” - International Conference on the economic, social environmental and cultural impact of immovable heritage. The annual Thematic Week of the Raymond Lemaire International Centre for Conservation (KU Leuven) will be held at Kasteelpark Arenberg from 3 to 6 February 2015 and will be dealing with the economic, social, environmental and cultural impact of immovable heritage.

Click here for more information.

6-8 May 2015, Riga Latvia - URBACT City Festival. The URBACT City Festival will present cutting edge content on urban development, create links with the urban agendas in Europe and the globe and provide the opportunity to meet over 400 peers in the field. Celebrating the results of URBACT II, the networks created and the knowledge produced, the festival will set the scene for URBACT III.

To find out more click WebLink and go to events.

27-29 May 2015, Istanbul Turkey. INTERTRAFFIC 2015. The 7th edition of INTERTRAFFIC will take place in Istanbul, Turkey and will bring together professionals in infrastructure, ITS/traffic management, safety and parking from countries around the globe. In 2014 more than 200 exhibitors from more than 30 countries presented their products and services once again proving INTERTRAFFIC to be the leading traffic technology event.

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29 April – 2 May 2015, Mahon Menorca, Spain. Second International Conference on Best Practices in World Heritage: People and Communities.

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10-14 June Oslo European Heritage Congress 2015 The 2015 congress will incorporate the European Heritage awards ceremony which will take place on 11 June in Oslo City Hall internationally renowned for hosting the Nobel prize ceremony. One of the main events of the congress will be the presentation of the conclusions of the cooperation project “Cultural Heritage Counts for Europe”

Visit WebLink for more information

Creative Europe
New Projects bid

Heritage Europe member “The Association of Historic Towns of Slovenia” has recently applied to the Creative Europe programme with 2 new project proposals. The first proposal concerns digital technology in small historic towns “diStory - Digital Stories of Small Historic Towns” with partners from Italy, Serbia and Slovenia and the second project proposal concerns knowledge skills needed for restoration work entitled “Ycreate – Youth for Cultural Heritage” with partners from Austria, Romania, Croatia and Slovenia. Both proposals were submitted at the end of September 2014 under the call for proposals for European Co-operation projects – Culture sub-programme Creative Europe.

Heritage Europe has given its support for both projects and if the bids are successful will be a co-organiser partner of the project conference programme.

Public hearing - 'An integrated approach to cultural heritage in Europe: state of play and perspectives' The Committee on Culture and Education of the European Parliament held a public hearing in Brussels on the morning of 2 December 2014. Parliamentarians, members of other European institutions, and experts and representatives from the cultural and heritage fields, including delegates from European Heritage Alliance 3.3 member organisations Europa Nostra and Future for Religious Heritage, attended the event.

Photo: Europa Nostra

Key topics: 

  • Thematic presentations made by experts
  • European Year of Cultural Heritage
  • ENtopia: Our Places in Europe
  • Conclusions on participatory governance of cultural heritage & new Work Plan for Culture (2015-2018)
  • European project Cultural Heritage Counts for Europe

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Cultural Heritage and Horizon 2020

Heritage Europe Secretary General, Brian Smith has been invited to be a member of an EU Commission Expert Group on Cultural Heritage Research and Innovation. The group has been meeting regularly over the course of the year, the final 2 meetings taking place in Brussels in late November and mid December. The group will report at the end of 2014 on their findings and recommendations for a new agenda for research and innovation on Cultural Heritage.

The Final Report will be available in the new year.

Romanian Association of Historic Towns (ALZIAR) celebrates its 10th anniversary
The Association of historic towns marked its 10th anniversary with its General Assembly meeting and various events held in the city of Alba Iulia 17-19 September 2014. The mayor of Alba Iulia Mr Mircea Hava officiated at the events in his capacity as president of ALZIAR along with Secretary General Carmen Stefanescu. Heritage Europe wishes the Association well for the next 10 years!


SHUC- “A Sustainable Future for the Historic Urban Core” a JPI - JHEP JOINT PILOT TRANSNATIONAL CALL for Joint Research Projects on Cultural Heritage.

The project proposes to establish a collaborative network of researchers with a common interest in changing practices in urban planning and management of historic cities. It brings together research on planning practices for the historic urban core from three countries to apply a common theoretical framework.

The project held its first workshop and seminar on the 6th November 2014 in Newcastle, UK.

As part of the workshop presentations were given by project partners from Newcastle, Delft and Dublin on the issues in their countries preceded by a strategic overview on current challenges facing the governance and future use of historic urban centres. Presentations identified key issues in the UK, Belgium and Ireland along with supporting case studies as well as case studies from each of the project’s English partners.

Download the workshop presentations:

Read the full project proposal here


LIFE+PERHT: Launched in October 2012 and running until September 2015, the LIFE+ PERHT project involves a co-operation between local authorities (Municipality of Treviso), transport service providers (ACTT Treviso) and engineering and research companies (MemEx - Livorno, Softeco Sismat - Genova).

PERHT addresses the very important issue of people and goods mobility by the implementation of appropriate and innovative “green” parking schemes and associated measures in small-/mid-size historic towns such as Treviso, Italy where the impacts of individual and commercial traffic are more severe.

The project was recently showcased at the 3rd edition of the “Smart City” exhibition held in Bologna, Italy 21-22 October 2014 and also during Smart Mobility World’s 2014 Edition, held in November at the Lingotto Congress Centre Turin, Italy organized by ClickutilityTeam, GL events Italia-Lingotto Fiere and Innovability, with the support of Turin Chamber of Commerce. The statistics show the great success of the event with over 3.500 transport professionals attending.

Lastly the ninth PERHT project meeting was held in Treviso on November 20th, 2014.
Hosted by MOM, the PERHT project Coordinating Beneficiary - the meeting was attended by all PERHT project partners.
During the meeting, the state of the art of the B.2 and B.3 actions has been presented. All Bike Stations have been completed.
All EV charge stations have been installed and connected to the electric grid.
The TreviMOve app has been updated with two new services: Bike-Sharing and COL-Taxi. The totems are configured and ready to installation.

Visit WebLink for updates and latest news.


The HISTCAPE project’s final Open Conference took place at the Podsreda Castle, Slovenia on 16th September 2014 hosted by project partner the University of Ljubljana

The medieval castle of Podsreda

This international open event served as a conclusion to the project, but the HISTCAPE project does not finish here, it goes further. The title of the conference “The Legacy of the HISTCAPE Project” gives an indication of the commitment to build on the project and its findings in disseminating and sharing the good practice identified over the course of the project life.

Download the Final report and Good practice guide – a more comprehensive report will be available in the new year.

For information on the conference and summary of the project results visit: WebLink

Workshop “Sustainable Management Solutions / Sustainable Transport Solutions”

Dubrovnik 11-12 September 2014

World Heritage City of Dubrovnik

The 2 day workshop, hosted by the city of Dubrovnik and co-organised by the Croatian Association of Historic Towns and Heritage Europe with the support of partners “Adriatic IPA”, project “Ex. PO AUS” and projects ENCLOSE and LIFE+ PERHT, was held in the World Heritage City of Dubrovnik 11-12 September 2014. The workshops began with a press conference hosted and chaired by the Mayor of Dubrovnik Dr Andro Vlahusic with introductions from the speakers’ panel - Brian Smith Secretary General Heritage Europe, Giorgio Ambrosino project leader ENCLOSE, Jean-Michel Galley ANVPAH French National Association of Historic Towns, Christian Andexer Architect World Heritage
City of Graz, Austria.

Opening press conference

Day 1 workshop “Sustainable Management Solutions” looked at issues facing historic towns and cities and in particular World Heritage cities and the development of sustainable management plans. Presentations and case studies on a wide range of topics relating to good practice in heritage management – from heritage impact assessments to best practice in sustainable energy governance, community involvement in development policies and the new opportunities opening up at the European level for historic cities to demonstrate and deliver smart, sustainable and inclusive growth.

Day 2 workshop “Sustainable Transport Solutions – How to improve Energy Efficiency and Air Quality in Historic City Centres”. Case study presentations were given by ENCLOSE and PERHT project partners showcasing the respective projects’ findings. Presentations from Croatian representatives and from the city of La Rochelle, France showed both the Croatian and French experience in developing sustainable transport plans.

Croatian delegates and ENCLOSE / PERHT project partners

List of presentations:


Brussels 22nd October 2014 - “Planning energy efficient city logistics policies and measures in small and mid-sized European cities"

Olav Luyckx project officer from the European Commission’s Executive Agency for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises addresses conference delegates

The Final ENCLOSE International Conference was held on the 22nd of October 2014, in Brussels (Belgium).The event, hosted by the Permanent representation of Spain to the European Union, was a great success due to the high number of participants from all over Europe. 
During a networking meeting prior to the opening of the event, participants were introduced to the ENCLOSE project towns and other project partners.

A dedicated poster session organised at the start of the conference offered a good networking opportunity for delegates and an introduction to the ENCLOSE project’s activities.

The purpose of the event was to network and disseminate results of the 9 small and medium-sized European cities of the ENCLOSE project and to share other’s experiences on sustainable city logistics within Europe. The workshop/conference discussed common issues, challenges and results with a number of European stakeholders and Municipalities.

The ENCLOSE project has been very successful in showing how small to mid-size historic towns can effectively address key issues in city logistics and in the new year newsletter we will be outlining the findings of the project.

Video presentation illustrating the potential benefits as experienced in the partner city of Den ‘Bosch


For further information visit the project website: WebLink

ICC Krakow, Poland 4th SC meeting gets under way

The project Steering Committee recently held its 4th meeting in Krakow, Poland on the 16 - 17 October hosted by project partner the International Cultural Centre (ICC) to discuss the next phase of the project’s development – the collection and analysis of existing research on the impacts of cultural heritage.

12 representatives of the six project partners were in attendance. The purpose of this meeting was to have progress reports from the two teams responsible for mapping and analysing the multiple benefits of Europe’s cultural heritage and to discuss the project’s draft report and recommendations. 

Click here for the presentations from partners the International Cultural Centre (ICC) from Poland and the Raymond Lemaire International Center for Conservation (RLICC) in Belgium 

A round table discussion was organised for the second day and the Steering Committee members were joined by leading heritage specialists from Central Europe, including experts who participated in the collection of existing research and texts on the multiple benefits of cultural heritage. The aim of this round table was to broaden knowledge on the subject, foster trans-European discussions, and raise awareness on the particularities of heritage in the Central European region and specific countries.

The project “Cultural Heritage Counts for Europe” aims to raise greater awareness on the multiple benefits of cultural heritage and present policy recommendations for tapping into the full potential of heritage. This cooperation project brings together 6 organisations representing 4 different countries (Belgium, The Netherlands, Poland and the United Kingdom). Through the extensive European networks of all partners, and in particular through the close involvement of the policy grouping “European Heritage Alliance 3.3.” with its 29 participating European or international networks active in the field of heritage, the project will mobilise participation from all over Europe and thereby take on a truly pan-European scope. The project’s work will result in a European mapping of both qualitative and quantitative evidence-based research carried out at the European, national, regional, local and/or sectoral levels.

Project partners will summarize their work and findings in a final report due in June 2015 which aims to present solid and persuasive arguments for convincing policy and decision makers on the impact and multiple benefits of investing in European heritage.

For more information on the project, latest news and how you can contribute visit "WebLink"