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CM(2005)169 9 November 20051
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950 Meeting, 7 December 2005
7 Education and culture


7.2
5th (enlarged) Ministerial Colloquy of the STAGE2 Project
(Kyiv, 15 and 16 September 2005) –

Conclusions

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At the invitation of the Ukrainian authorities, the Council of Europe held in Kyiv, Ukraine, on 15-16 September 2005, the 5th (enlarged) Ministerial Colloquy of the three South Caucasus countries participating in the STAGE Project: Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia, and of the observer and donor countries: Austria, Germany, Greece, Russia, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine. This year, marked by the celebrations of the 50th anniversary of the European Cultural Convention, the Colloquy was opened to the 48 States signatories. The Committee of Ministers was represented by Ambassador Joaquim Duarte, Permanent Representative of Portugal, Chairman of the Ministers’ Deputies.

Ms Maud de Boer-Buquicchio, Deputy Secretary General of the Council of Europe and Mr Oleh Ribachuk, State Secretary, Presidency of Ukraine, opened the Colloquy.

During the Colloquy, two special sessions were devoted to the main theme: "Culture and Cultural Policies for Development”. European experts presented their experience and opinions on this topic and exchanged views with the participants of the Colloquy on the relations between culture and society and culture and economy and their impact on the development of a stable, peaceful and democratic South Caucasus and European space.

Taking into account that the second phase of the STAGE Project is supposed to come to an end in December 2005, the debates during this 5th Colloquy also focused on the evaluation of the STAGE Project during 2004-2005 and on the directions for its follow-up.

The participant countries underlined the contribution of the STAGE project to the preservation of cultural diversity and intercultural dialogue in the South Caucasus region as factors reinforcing mutual understanding and democratic stability.

They also expressed their satisfaction concerning the essential role of the STAGE Project in the development of new and dynamic cultural policies in the South Caucasus region and for reinforcement of cultural exchanges among the South Caucasus countries and with other European countries.

In the Final Declaration adopted at the end of the Colloquy (see Appendix 1), the participants in the Colloquy (see Appendix 2) invited the Committee of Ministers to support, as a follow-up to the STAGE Project, the implementation of a new transversal programme of cultural co-operation in the South Caucasus region.

During the Colloquy, at the initiative of Ukraine, the Kyiv Initiative for the Democratic Development through Culture of Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine has been launched. The Kyiv Initiative, which supports the STAGE spirit and the extension of the project’s working framework to Moldova and Ukraine, intends to promote the development of cultural policies and strategies for the reinforcement of democracy, intercultural dialogue and cultural diversity in these countries. The Kyiv Initiative has been welcomed by the participants and enclosed in the Final Declaration adopted at the end of the event.

Appendix 1
5th (enlarged) Ministerial Colloquy of the STAGE Project (Kyiv, 15-16 September 2005) – Final Declaration

“We, the Ministers of Culture participating in the Fifth Ministerial Colloquy of the STAGE (Support for Transition in the Arts and Culture in Greater Europe) Project, held in Kyiv, Ukraine, on 15 and 16 September 2005, on the topic: “Culture and Cultural Policies for Development”, adopt the following Declaration:

Considering the context of this meeting in the year of the 50th anniversary of the European Cultural Convention and of the Third Summit of the Heads of State and Government of the 46 member states of the Council of Europe, which established cultural diversity, intercultural dialogue and sustainable development as priorities for the Council of Europe future work,

Noting with satisfaction the contribution of the STAGE project to the preservation of cultural diversity and intercultural dialogue as factors reinforcing mutual understanding and democratic stability in the South Caucasus region,

Convinced of the essential contribution which the cultural diversity and intercultural dialogue make to building a prosperous, peaceful, cohesive and open Europe,

Aware of the crucial importance of culture as a factor in establishing and preserving democracy, human rights and other fundamental values of our contemporary society,

1. We declare that we strongly support the Council of Europe’s fundamental role in:

    - strengthening intercultural and inter-religious dialogue between countries as an important tool in preventing conflict, combating terrorism and building post-conflict confidence;
    - bringing about closer ties and mutual respect between peoples through cultural projects and exchanges that create an environment conducive to political dialogue;
    - devising and implementing strategies and policies that foster sustainable development, a cohesive society and better living conditions through culture and heritage,
    - favouring projects and exchanges for artistic creativity, youth participation, cultural industries, the cross-border mobility of artists and professionals in the field of culture, and the development of cultural routes.

2. We underline the essential role of the STAGE Project in the development of new and dynamic cultural policies in the South Caucasus region and in the reinforcement of cultural exchanges between the South Caucasus countries among themselves and with other European countries.

3. We highly appreciate the progress made in the project activity during its first two phases (2000-2003 and 2004-2005), and in particular in the last two years as a result of the STAGE Action Plan 2004-2005. We also acknowledge the efforts made through the “Regional Programme for Cultural and Natural Heritage in South-Caucasus” in building confidence measures and reinforcing institutions dealing with urban rehabilitation.

4. We therefore invite the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe to support the implementation of comprehensive and consolidated new transversal programmes of cultural co-operation, integrating the STAGE Project and the “Regional Programme”, set up in accordance with the priorities of the South Caucasus countries, which should pursue objectives and preserve social ties that unite communities culturally, socially and economically.

5. We note that the peaceful and democratic development of the South Caucasus region remains one of the main political priorities for the Council of Europe and therefore request that the Council of Europe gives careful attention to the appropriate financing of future programmes in the region, including the exploration of strategic partnerships and co-operation, comprising other international organisations.

6. In this context we particularly welcome the Kyiv Initiative for democratic development through culture of Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Moldova, Ukraine (appended to this declaration), and other countries that may wish to participate in future. We believe this continuation of the spirit of the STAGE project will help to develop cultural policies, identities, dialogue, and diverse heritage across the region and that this will, in turn, contribute to the stability and strength of European democratic values.

7. We urge the Council of Europe to create mechanisms that will bring similar benefits to other member states, for example, those that have participated in the MOSAIC project for South East Europe.

8. We salute colleagues gathering in Faro, Portugal, on 27-28 October 2005, for the “Concluding Conference marking the 50th Anniversary of the European Cultural Convention” and ask them to reiterate the role of cultural co-operation and dynamic policies in addressing many of the most pressing issues facing all our governments, especially in pursuit of social cohesion through a proper management of cultural diversity, democracy and human rights, and to increase their commitment to the Council of Europe’s programme of action regarding them.

9. We extend our sincere thanks to Ukraine for its warm hospitality and congratulate the Ministry of Culture and Tourism on the actions being taken with the Council of Europe to reform policies in the cultural field and to develop co-operation with our countries.

10. We thank Romania for the kind invitation to host the next enlarged ministerial colloquy associated with the new transversal programme.”

Appendix to the Declaration

KYIV INITIATIVE

for the Democratic Development through Culture
of Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine

Taking into account the numerous challenges facing post-Soviet countries in promoting and sustaining the democratic development of their peoples,

Being convinced of the essential role of culture and development of contemporary European cultural policies for the reinforcement of democracy, human rights and the rule of law in our countries and their contribution to sustainable human development and social cohesion,

Being aware of the importance of culture for the creation of a space for tolerance, freedom and mutual understanding, we will aim at:

    · Developing the European democratic values, norms and standards in our cultural policies – a guarantee of the democratic and sustainable development of our societies;

    · Preserving and developing our cultural identities and our heritage as an integral part of the European cultural diversity;

    · Developing intercultural and inter-religious dialogue, an important tool for tolerance, reconciliation and democratic stability in our countries and in the European space;

    · Intensifying the continuing integration and visibility of our cultures in the common European heritage.

We invite the Council of Europe, the European Commission and all the other international organisations to join their efforts in order to continue to offer, even more actively, their support and assistance to this Initiative to achieve its European and democratic aims.

We invite all interested European countries to support and to join this Initiative.

Appendix 2

5th (enlarged) Ministerial Colloquy of the STAGE Project (Kyiv, 15-16 September 2005) –
List of participants

ARMENIA
Mr Hovik HOVHANNISYAN
Minister of Culture and Youth Affairs
Mr Karapet VARDANYAN
Head of the Department of Cultural Policy
Mr Ara MARGARYAN
Head of the Council of Europe Division, Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Mr. Armen А. KHACHATRYAN
Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Armenia to Ukraine

AZERBAIJAN
Mr Polad BYULBYUL OGLU
Minister of Culture
Mr Yashar HUSEYNLI
Deputy Head of the Cultural Policy Department
Mr Nazim SAMADOV
Chief Adviser, Cultural Policy Department
Mr. Talyat Museib oglu ALIYEV
Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Azerbaijan to Ukraine

GEORGIA
Mr George GABASHVILI
Minister of Culture, Monuments Protection and Sport
Mr Vladimir VARDZELASHVILI
Deputy Minister of Culture, Monuments Protection and Sport
Mr Zviad MCHEDLISHVILI
Head of International Cultural Relations Department
Mr Grigol KATAMADZE
Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Georgia to Ukraine

Observer countries

AUSTRIA
Dr Reinhold HOHENGARTNER
Director of Cultural Policy Department
Federal Ministry of Education, Science and Culture
Mag. Norbert RIEDL
Director
Federal Chancellery
Dr Kurt WAGNER
Secretary General
Kultur Kontakt

GERMANY
Mr Jean-Pierre FROEHLY
Cultural Attaché, German Embassy in Kyiv

GREECE
Ms Zoe KAZAZAKI
Head of International Organisations Section
Directorate of International Relations
Ms Vassiliki PAPAKOSTOPOULOU
Principal Officer, International Organisations Section
Directorate of International Relations

RUSSIA
Mr Andrey VULF
Director of the Department for External Relations,
Ministry of Culture and Mass Communications

TURKEY
Mr Atilla KOÇ
Minister of Culture and Tourism
Mr Veli KAYA
Member of Parliament
Mr İsmail BİLEN
Member of Parliament
Mr Ahmet KARA
Undersecretary of Ministry of Culture and Tourism
Mr Hasan ZONGUR
Director of EU and Foreign Relations Department of Ministry of Culture and Tourism
Mr Orhan DÜZGÜN
Director General of Museums and Cultural Assets of Ministry of Culture and Tourism of Turkey
Mr Metin AKAR
Consultant of Minister
Mr Oğuzhan YURTERİ
Expert, Museums and Cultural Assets Department of Ministry of Culture and Tourism
Ms Sermin ÖZDURAN
Head of Department, Directorate of Promotion of of Ministry of Culture and Tourism
Mr Ahmet İMAMOGLU
Expert, Directorate General of Museums and Cultural Assets
Mr Bahattin DOGANAV
Expert
Mr A. Bilge CANKOREL
Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Turkey to Ukraine
Ms Esra ŞAKAR
Cultural Attaché, Turkish Embassy in Kyiv
Mr Pavlo KOVAL
Interpreter
Ms Renata KIREYEVA
Interpreter
Mr Ahmet BERUT
Mr Huseyin ACARHOGLU
Mr Ahmet ÛNAL
Mr Sefa GỖMDENIS

UKRAINE
Mr Oleh RYBACHUK
State Secretary of Ukraine
Presidential Secretariat
Ms Olga KOSTENKO
Deputy Minister of Culture and Tourism
Mr Oleksiy DNIPROV
Chief of Humanitarian Policy Department,
Secretariat of the Cabinet of Ministers
Mr Oleksandr GLADSKY
Chief of State Secretary’s Cabinet
Mr Volodymyr VASYLIUK
Assistant of State Secretary
Ms Lyudmyla FESHCHUK
Director, Department of International Cooperation and Protocol
Ministry of Culture and Tourism of Ukraine
Ms Alisa MOLDAVANOVA
Press-officer
Ministry of Culture and Tourism of Ukraine
Mr Igor GUTSULYAK
Counsellor, Department of International Cooperation and Protocol
Ministry of Culture and Tourism of Ukraine
Ms Kateryna YEGOROVA
Head of Division of Bilateral Cultural Relations,
Department of International Cooperation and Protocol
Ministry of Culture and Tourism of Ukraine
Mr Yevgen MITSKEVYCH
Main specialist, Department of International Cooperation and Protocol
Ministry of Culture and Tourism of Ukraine
Mr Oleksiy MARKIN
Main specialist, Department of International Cooperation and Protocol
Ministry of Culture and Tourism of Ukraine

Ms Tetyana IZHEVSKA
Director General, Department of Cultural and Humanitarian Cooperation,
Ministry for Foreign Affairs
Mr Oleksandr MAZNYCHENKO
Deputy Director General, Department of Cultural and Humanitarian Cooperation,
Ministry for Foreign Affairs
Ms Natalia SHAKURO,
Director for Cultural Relations, Department of Cultural and Humanitarian Cooperation,
Ministry for Foreign Affairs
Mr Oleksandr BYSTRUSHKIN
Chief of the Department of Culture and Arts,
Kyiv City State Administration
Mr Oleksandr GRYTSENKO
Director, Ukrainian Center for Cultural Studies
Mr Mykola RYABCHUK
Member, National Writers’ Union of Ukraine
Ms Maria KUSHNARYOVA
Culture Historian, Head of the laboratory for studies
of international cultural relations,
Ukrainian Center for Cultural Studies
Mr Oleksandr RIZNYK
Academic Secretary,
Ukrainian Center for Cultural Studies
Ms Anna ANDRES,
Senior resercher, Ukrainian Center for Cultural Studies
Mr Valentyn SOLODOVNYKOV
Deputy Director, Ukrainian Center for Cultural Studies
Mr Igor BEZHIN
Prof., Vice-President of the Academy of Arts of Ukraine
Ms Lesya MEDVEDEVA
Academy of Arts of Ukraine
Ms Svitlana BILOUS
National Ivan Karpenko-Kary University of Theater, Cinema and Television
Ms Olesya ARKHYPSKA
Innovation and Communication Activities Director,
International Renaissance Foundation
Ms Natalia MOROZOVA
Deputy Director, Vinnitsya Regional Universal Scientific Library named by K.A.Timiryazev
Mr Vitaliy YARYNYCH
Chief of the project Civil Internet Portal
International Renaissance Foundation
Mr Pavel SHAMRAI
IT manager (Civic Internet Portal)
International Renaissance Foundation
Ms Alla PRUN
Editor (Civic Internet Portal)
International Renaissance Foundation
Mr Olexander LYALKA
International Centre for Culture, Ukraine
Mr Vadym ABYZOV
President of Ukrainian ICOMOS
Ms Ludmyla GARBUZ
Pro Helvetia-Ukraina Foundation
Ms Nadia GOLOVAN
Pro Helvetia-Ukraina Foundation
Ms Lyubov PALYVODA
The State University of New Jersey RUTGERS
Ms Lyudmyla BEREZHNYTSKA
President, EIDOS Fund
Ms Kathrin SINGER
EIDOS Fund
Mr Oleksandr PASHKEVYCH
Director, Expo 2000
Ms Lilia BILYK
Ukraina in Europa Ass.
Ms Iryna MOVCHAN
President, CURE
Mr Valentyn BOYNITSKY
Art Manager, British Council Ukraine

Other countries

BELARUS
Ms Galyna BURAK
I secretary, Embassy of Belarus

BULGARIA
Mrs Deiana DAINALOVA
Director International Cultural Policy
Ministry of Culture

CROATIA
Ms Branka SULC
Assistant Minister in charge of cultural policy
Ministry of Culture

ESTONIA
Ms Katrin KOIK
Embassy of Estonia

FINLAND
Mrs Laura REINILA
Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Finland to Ukraine
Ms Hanni HYVARINEN
Embassy of Finland

HOLY SEE
S.E. Monseigneur Ivan JURKOVIC
Nonce Apostolique en Ukraine

HUNGARY
Mr Andrash ZHOLNAI
Counsellor, Embassy of Hungary
Mr Chilla KEDESH KISHSHNE
Cultural Attaché, Embassy of Hungary

ITALY
Ms Silvana RIZZO
Director of International affairs,
Department of Cultural and Environmental Heritage, Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities

LATVIA
Ms Una SEDLENIECE
Deputy Head, Strategy Unit
Ministry of Culture

LITHUANIA
Mr Darius BUDRYS
III secretary, Embassy of Lithuania

MOLDOVA
Mr. Mihail LAUR
Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Moldova to Ukraine
Mr Sorin MIHAIL
II secretary, Embassy of Moldova

NORWAY
Mr Jostein BERNHARDSEN
Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Norway to Ukraine

POLAND
Ms Anna WROBEL
Program Assistant, Borderland Foundation

ROMANIA
Ms Delia MUCICA
Secretary General
Ministry of Culture and Religious Affairs

SERBIA AND MONTENEGRO
Ms Asja DRACA
Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Serbia

SPAIN
Ms Olga CABEZUELO
Embassy of Spain

SWEDEN
Mr John-Christer AHLANDER
Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Sweden to Ukraine

THE FORMER YUGOSLAV REPUBLIC OF MACEDONIA
Ms Melpomeni KORNETI
Deputy Minister of Culture
Ms Magalena DIKOVSKA
Head of Sector for normative and administrative matters
Mr Martin GULESKI
Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia to Ukraine

Other participants

Ms Hélène CHRAYE
Head of Operations of the EC Delegation to Ukraine, Moldova and Belarus, Kyiv
Ms Alla SELETSKA
Project Manager of the EC Delegation to Ukraine, Moldova and Belarus, Kyiv
Ms Ruken Tekes CALIKUSU
UN Coordination Specialist

Experts

Prof. Dr. Todor KRESTEV
Honorary President ICOMOS, Bulgaria
Mr Alain LAURENT
Coordinator of the group and the network T2D2
“Tourismes, Territoires et Développement Durable”, France
Mr François MATARASSO
Consultant, United Kingdom
Mr Simon MUNDY
Director, Centre for the Cultural Environment, International Policy Institute, United Kingdom
Mr Terry SANDELL
Director of the British Council Ukraine, United Kingdom
Mr Jean-Paul VIGIER
President FEBEA, Belgium

Council of Europe

Committee of Ministers
Mr Joaquim DUARTE
Chair of the Committee of Ministers’ Deputies
Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary, Permanent Representative of Portugal to the Council of Europe
Secretariat General
Ms Maud DE BOER-BUQUICCHIO
Deputy Secretary General
Ms Irena GUIDIKOVA
Private Office of the Secretary General and Deputy Secretary General
Directorate General of Education, Culture and Heritage, Youth and Sport
Ms Gabriella BATTAINI-DRAGONI
Director General
Mr Daniel THEROND
Director a.i. of Culture and Cultural and Natural Heritage Department
Ms Dorina BODEA
Head of the STAGE Project
Ms Marie-Pierre FRONTEAU
Assistant

Interpreters

Mr Igor FEKLISOV
Mr Boris GORBENKO
Mr Andrei KLEYMENOV
Mr Taras KOBUSHKO

Note 1 This document has been classified restricted at the date of issue. Unless the Committee of Ministers decides otherwise, it will be declassified according to the rules set up in Resolution Res(2001)6 on access to Council of Europe documents.
Note 2 Support for Transition in the Arts and Culture in Greater Europe.


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