The European Association of Historic Towns and Regions

What is it?

Heritage Europe was formed as “The European Association of Historic Towns and Regions”  by the Council of Europe in October 1999 as part of the initiative “Europe – A Common Heritage”.
Heritage Europe now represents through its range of membership categories over 1000 historic and heritage towns, cities and regions in 30 European countries.
Heritage Europe’s principle objective is to promote the interests of historic towns and cities across Europe through:

  •     International co-operation between heritage organisations, and historic towns, cities and regions.
  •     Sharing experience and good practice between historic towns, cities and regions.
  •     Promoting vitality, viability and sustainable management of historic towns, cities and regions.

What does Heritage Europe do?

The main focus is to bring historic towns together to share and disseminate good practice in the sustainable management of historic towns. In particular we aim to identify the underlying processes that lead to success.

“Sustainable Cultural Tourism in Historic Towns and Cities” are an example and form part of an on-going programme of guidelines prepared by experts commissioned by Heritage Europe.

More Information

Source : Heritage Europe

Cooperation Day

On 21 September, European Territorial Cooperation (ETC) will be celebrated all over Europe through many local and public events during the week of 17-23 September.  ETC has always promoted bridge-building and long-term relationships between local authorities and citizens across borders. In this sense, CECICN network has highlighted the importance of European Territorial Cooperation, both in its Strategic Document and in the 1st Congress of European Bordersheld last June in A Coruña.
From this perspective, the endeavours of cities and the multiplier effect of urban networks serve to pull in European policies to the heart of the European territories. Building on bottom-up initiatives, city networks have become key actors of the ETC promoting mutual learning and pooling resources to implement common projects, among other initiatives. Therefore, in the current context of negotiation on the future EU cohesion policy, the European Cooperation day is a good opportunity to reaffirm the benefits of the territorial cooperation and the fundamental role of city networks.

Further reading:
More info on the European cooperation Day.
Toneta project: City networks and Cohesion Policy
CECICN: Strategic document on Smart Cooperation

CECICN works on Territorial Cohesion

Last Thursday, October 20th, CECICN experts met at Eixo Atlantico headquarters in Vigo. The Executive Bureau of the Conference of European Cross-border and Interregional Networks, CECICN, met in Galicia in a session chaired by Jean Peyrony, CEO and Xoan V. Mao, general secretary of the network. The meeting was attended by representatives of the 6 networks within the organization, CECICN, Mission Operationnelle Transfrontaliere (MOT), Iberian Cross Border Network (RIET), Conference of Atlantic Arc Cities (CAAC), Forum of Adriatic and Ionian Cities ( FAIC) MedCities, and Union of Baltic Cities (UBC). These organizations represent more than 500 cities in the border territories, and over 37% of the European population. The main topic of the discussion was the profiling of the latest draft White Paper on Cooperation, whose work, which began in Paris last July, will be completed for discussion and subsequent delivery to the European Commission, on December. The document provides the vision of cities and territories of the European borders on the development of cross-border and transnational cooperation for the next period 2014-2020. Among other things, it states that in the distribution of European funds are contemplated not only the criterion of population but also the dispersion of the population. The paper also raises the need for financial and political momentum in transport, health, education and business policy in the field of border and peripheral territories and the disappearance of issues that hamper the development of these territories, such as obstacles to mobility problems or communications.
The CECICN Committee has noted with great satisfaction that some of the proposals already raised in this year and a half of existence, have been collected by the European Commission in the draft regulation that has been submitted to the European Parliament and the Council on October 6.

CECICN: Bureau meeting

CECICN’s political Bureau held its meeting last July 23th in Paris, at MOT headquarters. President Mr. Bugallo handed in his resignation, as he is not the Mayor of Santiago de Compostela any more; so there is opportunity for the other networks to present their candidates for the Presidency. After a short exchange between members there was an agreement about re-electing Mr. Bugallo as President of CECICN, so as to ensure current works until the next Bureau meeting. Regarding the General Secretariat, CECICN members agreed on the proposal of spliting it in two bodies:
– Executive Direction: MOT was elected for this position. Mr. Jean Perony will be the Executive Director of CECICN.
– General Secretariat: RIET was elected for this position. Mr. Xoan Vázquez Mao will be the Secretary General of CECICN.
Both bodies are at equal level and share responsibilities and tasks.
Due to the end of this year, CECICN is preparing a position paper on the importance of Territorial Cooperation, so as to prepare its future after 2013. All networks agreed on the importance of keeping the balance between cross-border and transnational experiences, as well as between all European areas.
The next October, the new secretary general is expected to hold a round of talks in Brussels with the President of the Commission on Regional Policy of European Parliament’s, Danuta Hubner, the European director for Cooperation, José Palma Andrés and the new director General for Regional Policy, whose appointment is expected in the fourth quarter, following the retirement of the current postholder, Dirk Ahner.
Among priorities, the organizing a European Conference on Territorial Cooperation in Denmark, the country that will hold the rotating presidency of the Union during the first half of 2012. This conference aims to set priorities for cooperation policy in the period 2014-2020 and defending co-operation of second generation.