CM(2009)112 21 July 20091
1066 Meeting, 23 September 2009
7 Education and culture
7.3 Steering Committee for Cultural Heritage and Landscape (CDPATEP)
a. Abridged report of the 2nd plenary session (Strasbourg, 12-13 May 2009)
b. Revised draft terms of reference of the CDPATEP
Item to be considered by the GR-C at its meeting on 10 September 2009
Opening of the meeting
1. The Steering Committee for Cultural Heritage and Landscape (CDPATEP) held its second plenary meeting on 12 and 13 May 2009 in Strasbourg with Mr Bruno Favel (France) in the chair. The meeting was attended by forty-seven member states including six new delegates. The CDPATEP adopted its agenda as set out in Appendix 1. The list of participants and the full report are obtainable from the Secretariat.
Results of the 2008-2009 activity programme
2. The CDPATEP
2.1 welcomed the follow-up to the pilot study made on the basis of the Valletta Convention (Archaeological heritage) which would lead to the introduction late in 2009 of an overall monitoring arrangement for the various heritage conventions via the HEREIN information system ( www.european-heritage.net), a new version of which would be available by 2010 (HEREIN III);
2.2 approved the choice of illicit circulation of elements of the archaeological heritage as the first targeted case study topic for the monitoring of the Valletta Convention, and appointed a working group for the future monitoring of the Granada Convention (architectural heritage) focusing on the contributions of the heritage to human development, dialogue and revitalisation of territories;
2.3 was gratified by the impending completion of the book “The heritage and beyond”, a commentary on the Council of Europe Framework Convention on the Value of Heritage for Society (Faro), to be presented in Lisbon in November 2009; it also noted that this analysis could subsequently provide input for a major conference, whether ministerial or other, on the new perspectives of the heritage in changing societies.
3. The CDPATEP especially thanked the countries which had made contributions in cash or in kind to the development of the HEREIN information system; it called on countries to update their reports on heritage policies with a view to moving on to the new phase of the project, and noted the intention of a group of countries to form an association under Belgian law (AISBL) supporting the development of the European Heritage Network (HEREIN).
4. After a productive exchange of views on the progress of the regional programme of technical
co-operation and assistance, the CDPATEP:
- confirmed its commitment to the programme and expressed its interest in the evaluation exercise to be undertaken, inviting delegations to take part in it so as to assess its impacts and the needs ascertained;
- invited participants to draw the attention of their ministries to the Ljubljana process for co-operation in South-East Europe, also with a view to ensuring participation in the conference in November 2009 in the context of Slovenia’s chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers;
- gave its support to the “immediate post-conflict actions for social and economic revitalisation of the communities and environment of the Gori region (Georgia)” as an exemplary approach particularly conducive to retention of population and return of displaced persons;
- made an appeal for voluntary contributions in order to keep up the pace of activities.
5. The CDPATEP also hailed the success of the first European Heritage Forum organised in Brussels in 2008 on the theme of “Heritage and Dialogue” in the framework of the European Heritage Days (EHD), as a joint action of the Council of Europe and the European Commission; it noted that, following a joint press conference held in Brussels and involving civil society, the second Forum would take place in Ljubljana on
23 September 2009, on the theme “Heritage, creativity and innovation” in the context of Slovenia’s chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers and as a contribution to the 2009 European Year of Creativity and Innovation.
6. With regard to monitoring of the European Landscape Convention, the CDPATEP:
- acquainted itself with the detailed report of the 5th Council of Europe Conference on the European Landscape Convention (Strasbourg, 30-31 March 2009, cf. doc. CEP-CDPATEP(2009)19) and with the documentation assembled for the occasion;
- adopted “Guiding Principles for a Council of Europe Database on the European Landscape Convention” to be implemented by a group of specialists with the task of proposing the machinery to be devised for the Florence Convention in parallel to what was already being applied to the cultural heritage;
- agreed to invite the Committee of Ministers to draw the attention of the European Community to the importance of taking the objectives of the European Landscape Convention into account in the sectoral policies in its remit, particularly policies on agriculture, infrastructures, environment and water, as well as regional policies.
7. In accordance with the rules governing the Landscape Award of the Council of Europe (CM/Res(2008)3) the CDPATEP, on the recommendation of the international jury convened in Strasbourg on 7 May 2009, proposed that the Committee of Ministers:
- confer the Council of Europe Landscape Award under the European Landscape Convention, for the 1st Session of the Award (2009), to “Parc de la Deûle”, Lille Métropole (France);
- give a special mention of the Council of Europe Landscape Award under the European Landscape Convention for 2009 to the “Parque de Christina Enea”, town of San Sebastián (Spain);
- convey its warmest congratulations to the originators of the projects and achievements linked with the following briefs: “Marking system of the tourist trails in the Czech Republic”, Czech Tourist Club (Czech Republic) ; “Landscape Management of Hämeenkyrö National Landscape Area”, town of Hämeenkyrö (Finland) ; “Implementation of the Complex Nature Conservation and Landscape Management Programme in the Zámoly Basin”, Public Foundation for Nature Conservation Pro Vértes (Hungary); “The Val di Cornia Parc System”, Val di Cornia (Italy); “Biodiversity and Natural Resources Management Project”, Association for Nature Conservation in Turkey (Turkey);
- recognise the exemplary value of the work entitled “Regional Distribution of Landscape Types in Slovenia”, University of Ljubljana (Slovenia) providing a methodological framework for landscape management at the national, regional and local levels, while recalling that projects should abide by the provisions of the rules applying to the qualification of candidates;
- accept that the Award and the special mention would be presented by the Secretary General of the Council of Europe with the participation of the Chairs of the CDPATEP and the Council of Europe Conference on the European Landscape Convention at public ceremonies to be held in the countries whose candidatures had been honoured with an award or acknowledged by a special mention.
8. The CDPATEP also warmly thanked the Italian authorities for organising in Florence on 20 October 2010 a celebration of the 10th anniversary of the opening for signature of the Florence Convention, which would allow the values of the convention to be impressed upon decision-makers and a wider public.
Medium-term outlook of the CDPATEP programme (2010-2013) and proposed programme for 2010
9. The CDPATEP:
- adopted a document issuing guidelines on its medium-term assignments (doc. CDPATEP 13 REV), linking the objectives of the CDPATEP with the Action Plan of the Third Summit and with the fundamental values of the Organisation, and decided to forward it to the Committee of Ministers (cf. CM(2009)112 add);
- asked the Secretariat on that basis to draw up for the plenary meeting in 2010 an adaptation of the programme in support of a renewal of the CDPATEP’s terms of reference up to 2013;
- considered itself able to approve the general features of the programme communicated by the Secretariat for 2010 in so far as they anticipated the approaches adopted in the document setting out medium-term guidelines.
10. Looking to coherence of action on landscape, the CDPATEP proposed that the Committee of Ministers amend item 5.B of its terms of reference to provide for the participation of a representative of the Standing Committee of the Bern Convention alongside the representatives of the CDCULT and the CEMAT Committee of Senior Officials.
Co-operation with other bodies and international organisations
11. The CDPATEP took note of information supplied by the Chair of the CDCULT and the representative of the CEMAT Committee of Senior Officials. It welcomed the statements of the representatives of the Nordic Council of Ministers, ALECSO, ICOMOS, EUROPA NOSTRA, the European Association of Archaeologists (EAA) and the European Council of Spatial Planners (ECTP).
12. The CDPATEP elected Mr Bruno Favel (France) for a second term of one year as Chair of the CDPATEP; Mr Andreas Stalder (Switzerland) for a second term of one year as Vice-Chair (landscape);
Mr Mikko Härö (Finland) for a second term of one year as Vice-Chair (heritage); Ms Gislaine Devillers (Belgium) for a second term of two years as member of the Bureau; Ms Athena Aristotelous Cleridou (Cyprus) for a first term of two years as member of the Bureau. In addition, the CDPATEP entrusted certain of its members with specific assignments to follow up the various activities in support of the Secretariat.
Meeting dates of the CDPATEP
13. The CDPATEP set the meeting dates of its Bureau for late November or the first week of December. The Bureau will adopt the final dates for the 3rd plenary meeting to be held in the spring of 2010.
I. OPENING OF THE MEETING BY THE CHAIR
II. ADOPTION OF THE AGENDA
III. ELECTIONS OF THE CHAIR, VICE-CHAIRS AND MEMBERS OF THE BUREAU
IV. PRESENTATION BY THE DIRECTOR OF CULTURE AND CULTURAL AND NATURAL HERITAGE
ON THE PRIORITIES OF THE ORGANISATION AND THE PLACE OF THE CDPATEP’S WORK IN THE INTERGOVERNMENTAL PROGRAMME
V. FOLLOW-UP OF THE HERITAGE CONVENTIONS AND DEVELOPMENT OF THE HEREIN NETWORK
VI. EUROPEAN LANDSCAPE CONVENTION
VII. INFORMATION ON THE REGIONAL PROGRAMMES
VIII. EUROPEAN HERITAGE DAYS – A joint action of the Council of Europe and the European Commission
IX. MEDIUM-TERM VISION FOR THE CDPATEP’S PROGRAMME AND PROPOSALS FOR THE 2010 PROGRAMME
X. PROPOSALS FOR CONFERENCES IN 2010
XI. PRESENTATION OF THE ACTIVITIES OF THE CDCULT
XII. PRESENTATION OF THE ACTIVITIES OF THE CEMAT
XIII. CULTURAL IDENTITIES, SHARED VALUES AND CITIZENSHIP
XIV. CULTURAL ROUTES OF THE COUNCIL OF EUROPE
XV. RELATIONS WITH OTHER BODIES AND ORGANISATIONS
XVI. OTHER BUSINESS
XVII. NEXT MEETING OF THE BUREAU OF THE CDPATEP
Note 1 This document has been classified restricted until examination by the Committee of Ministers.