The Chronicle


Welcome to the electronic newsletter of Heritage Europe. The Chronicle will keep you regularly informed of the activities, events and news of interest to Europe's historic cities, towns and regions.


Dates for your diary. . .


4-5 October 2012, Dubrovnik, Croatia.

   Heritage Europe Annual Conference

International conference “Delivering Smart, Sustainable, Inclusive growth in Historic Cities”.

Heritage Europe is jointly organising this major International Conference with the City of Dubrovnik in partnership with the Croatian Association of Historic Towns, the Turkish Union of Historic Towns, and the Council of Europe.

The theme of the conference will look at ways in which historic towns can practically deliver the 3 main priorities of the EU 2020 strategy:-

  • Smart Growth
  • Sustainable Growth
  • Inclusive Growth

Preliminary Programme . . . 
Reservation Form . . .


6 - 9 September 2012, Bursa Turkey. International Conference "Cultural Heritage in Rural Areas".

This International Conference is part of a programme of seminars / symposia organised by the Turkish Union of Historic Towns, together with the Municipality of Bursa and CEKUL Foundation (Foundation for The Protection and Promotion of the Environment and Cultural Heritage).

and will focus on the preservation and economic revival of historic villages. Heritage Europe will also contribute by sharing its unique experience with the new HISTCAPE project.

Further details will be posted as soon as available at

27- 29 September, Dubrovnik Croatia."The Best in Heritage"

In three days of the conference, organised in partnership with Europa Nostra, 25 heritage projects coming from 20 countries will be featured. The conference is under special patronage of ICOM, and is supported by the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Croatia, The City of Dubrovnik, ICCROM, IFLA, WFFM and many others.

Visit for more details

18-21 October 2012, Antalya Turkey. International fair "Restoration, Renovation and Cultural Heritage Preservation"

Jointly organised by Akdeniz Tanitim, the Turkish Union of Historic Towns and the CEKUL Foundation this International Fair will bring together many different groups and professionals working in the cultural heritage field.

Read more . . .

Also visit for more information.

20 October - 3 November 2012, Limassol, Cyprus.

EuroMed 2012:International Conference on Cultural Heritage and Digital Libraries.

The EuroMed conference brings together researchers, policy makers professionals and fellow practitioners to explore some of the more pressing issues concerning Cultural Heritage today.

For more information on the conference and details of the conference themes visit


7- 9 November 2012,Western Macedonia, Greece HISTCAPE Project.

The 3rd Open Conference of the HISTCAPE project will take place over 2 days in the regional capital of Western Macedonia, Greece.

Details will be posted on the project website as soon as available


European Heritage Alliance 3.3

Towards an EU strategy for Cultural  Heritage

The latest meeting of the Alliance took place on Wednesday 25 April 2012 in Brussels. At the meeting it was planned for the draft document “Towards an EU Strategy for Cultural Heritage – The Case for Research”, prepared by Heritage Europe’s Secretary General Brian Smith in collaboration with the EHA working group, to be finalised and subsequently transmitted to EU Commissioner for Culture Androulla Vassiliou. It is hoped that as a result a meeting will be arranged with a small delegation of the Alliance in Brussels.


Click here for the Strategy Document and list of EHA 3.3 member organisations.


Culture Programme Framework Agreement 2011-2013.

Heritage Europe is pleased to report that funding for our 2012 work programme has been granted under the Culture Programme Framework Agreement.

The funding will ensure our capability to carry out our varied work programme for the coming year.

Experience Exchanges - Nominate a member of your team now!

We are inviting submissions from member cities to nominate one person to work on a key issue in another member city of your choice for a period of a week. All expenses will be paid in return for a short report on the lessons learned.

The latest experience exchange visit took place in early June 2012 between member towns of A.L.Z.I.A.R. the Romanian Association of Historic Towns and the Slovenian Association of Historic Towns. We shall be reporting on its outcomes in our next issue and posting the visit reports on our website.


Visit to download the exchange visit reports from past exchanges.


FOLLOW UP Report - Expert Meeting

Berlin 26 March 2012.

Following on from the International Congress "The Heritage of the City– Europe's Future”, Berlin December 2011, the German Federal Ministry of Transport, Building and Urban Development decided to launch a follow-up to the European Congress.The international expert meeting held in Berlin on 26 March 2012 was the kick-off event for this follow-up process.

“There was agreement that the exchange of views and experience launched at the Congress had to be continued in order to actively work on reaching agreement between municipal authorities, heritage conservationists, representatives from the cultural sector and policymakers with the aim of strengthening the heritage of the European city” stated Dr Marta Doehler-Behazdi representing the Federal Ministry.

Click here for Draft Memorandum

Presentations from the December Congress are available now –


Working with Denmark - Update.

As previously reported Heritage Europe is looking to expand its network into Scandinavia with the creation of a Heritage Europe "Danish Chapter". We hope to involve heritage organisations and municipalities in this new network of members.

Following the initial contact with Danish NGO Isager DK, a meeting has been confirmed for the 5th September 2012 in the historic city of Odense, Denmark. The meeting will be hosted by Odense City Council with the collaboration of 4 prominent Danish heritage NGO's.

We will report on the visit in our Autumn newsletter.

Clockgate, Youghal Ireland

Rooftop views, Sibiu, Romania


Projects Update –

HISTCAPE / ENCLOSE. We are pleased to announce that both projects have successfully completed the negotiation phase and have now been approved for funding under their respective programmes.


This INTERREG IVC project will focus on small historic towns and the preservation of rural historic assets.

Heritage Europe is one of 12 partners in this project representing 12 regions spread over 11 EU countries. The geographical spread will enable the project to address shared problems at local, regional, national and European levels.


The project “kick off” meeting was held in Bilbao, Spain April 2-3, 2012.

A project website has been established following the “kick off” meeting and regular dedicated newsletters are to follow.

The second partner meeting recently took place in Latvia and Estonia 25-28 June,2012. The 2 site event included an open conference, study visits and workshops and was hosted respectively by partners Vidzeme Planning Region and Saaremaa Local Government Association.Vidzeme Planning Region and Saaremaa

Visit for more information and "kick off" newsletter

You can also keep up to date on the project’s progress on our website. Visit: to download the brochure “Project Overview”.

Let us know if you wish to be involved.


Heritage Europe is a partner in this IEE (Intelligent Energy Europe) programme project which will look at logistics problems facing small and medium size historic towns.

Targeted actions are proposed to increase the energy efficiency of
freight distribution in historic urban areas.

The project “kick off” meeting was held in Lucca, Italy 16-17 May 2012.

We are inviting historic towns who are interested in the project to join a special group of non partner cities. An initial step is to complete the  survey questionnaire linked below and return to us.

Further details of how you can work with us on this project will be posted on our website in the coming months.

Survey Questionnaire. Read more . . .

Meeting report and further details will be available on our website - visit:


Pilot Project “Rehabilitation of Cultural Heritage in Historic Towns”

Secretary General Brian Smith met with the representative of the Council of Europe’s DG Democratic Governance, Culture and Diversity, Mikhail de Thyse, to discuss further cooperation between the Council of Europe and Heritage Europe. In particular discussions centred around a pilot project being run as a joint action between the European Commission and the Council of Europe.

The project, a Kyiv Initiative Regional Programme entitled “Rehabilitation of Cultural Heritage in Historic towns”, brings together 45 “Priority Intervention Towns” in the Black Sea / South Caucasus region. The project presents an opportunity to promote an integrated and sustainable development model of the historic town, by maintaining a balance between the preservation of heritage, its enhancement and the requirements for sustainable growth.

Further details of the Kyiv Initiative can be found at -

EVOCH Project Expert Seminar -  Results, Conclusions and Presentations.

The EVOCH (Economic Value of Cultural Heritage) project expert seminar was held in Vienna, Austria 16-17 February 2012 and focussed on “Cultural Tourism – macro economic effects for cities and regions”.

Results, conclusions and speakers’ presentations are now available – visit:


Heritage Europe’s Secretary General presents to Dutch Mayors and the Dutch Association of Historic Towns, Amsterdam 13th April 2012.

The Aldermen responsible for heritage and monuments of a number of large Dutch cities were invited for a round table discussion on European heritage policy and its impact on, and potential for, their local heritage policies. The meeting was an initiative of Europa Nostra and of the Alderman of Amsterdam, Mrs Carolien Gehrels, who hosted the meeting, together with Europa Nostra’s Secretary General, Sneška Quaedvlieg – Mihailović.

Brian Smith, Secretary General of Heritage Europe gave a presentation on the current state of the European Union’s policy concerning cultural heritage entitled

“A Seat at the Top Table  – does the EU recognize the importance of cultural heritage and historic cities to Europe?”

Brian stressed “the need to put the importance of European Heritage higher up on the agenda of European politicians in order to incorporate more strongly the protection and development of heritage in European policy”.

The presentation was very well received and a lively discussion followed, ending in the suggestion to prepare a “Manifesto” to be signed by a large representative group of heritage Aldermen from the Netherlands and addressed to the European political institutions. A draft-text will be prepared during the months ahead and will be discussed in a follow up meeting scheduled to be held after the summer.

Click here to download the presentation.

Creative Europe - update

The proposed new EU programme dedicated to the cultural and creative sectors which is due to replace the existing Culture Programme after 2014 is currently still under discussion by the Council of EU ministers and the European Parliament.

The European Parliament's Culture Committee met on 26th April 2012 and held a public hearing: "Defining the future EU culture and Media programmes" at which four experts were invited to share their views on the Commission proposal for the 2014-2020 multi-annual progamme in the field of culture and media, "Creative Europe".

Read more on the new EU programme at:

New Members Update

Our campaign to attract new members continues to bear fruit and Heritage Europe is pleased to welcome –

Lugoj, Romania; Birgi, Turkey;Youghal, Ireland; Tarsus, Turkey; the Municipality of Sibiu, Romania and Great Yarmouth Borough Council, UK.

We look forward to our new members' active participation in the work of our association.

Birgi, Turkey

Municipal offices Lugoj, Romani

Medieval wall, Great Yarmouth, UK



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