Council of Europe

As an intergovernmental organisation established after the Second World War, the Council of Europe focuses on humanistic and democratic values in its cultural and educational activities. In the field of culture, the European Cultural Convention and the Steering Committee for Culture, Heritage and Landscape (CDCPP) are of key importance.

CDCPP

In the beginning of 2012, the Steering Committee for Culture, Heritage and Landscape (CDCPP) was established after a structural reform in the Council of Europe. The CDCPP took over the responsibilities of the former Steering Committee for Culture (CDCULT) and the Steering Committee for Cultural Heritage and Landscape (CDPATEP). It is integrated in the Democracy pillar in the three-part structure of the Council of Europe.

The areas of responsibility of the Steering Committee include the implementation of the relevant conventions of the Council of Europe as well as the resolutions of the 2005 Summit of Heads of State and Government in Warsaw and the Conference of Ministers responsible for culture in Moscow 2013 as well as the Conference of Ministers responsible for heritage in Namur 2015.

Current priorities

  • Building an indicator framework on culture and democracy
  • Understanding the impact of digitisation on culture
  • Developing a heritage strategy.

Links

Cultural policy research, work programmes and strategic cultural projects

Compendium of Cultural Policies and Trends in Europe

Online databank of reports and analyses on cultural policy developments in 42 member states.

Compendium of Cultural Policies and Trends in Europe

European Programme of National Cultural Policy Reviews

Programme for the evaluation of national cultural policies with reports on cultural policy guidelines, concepts, structures, and budgets of the participating countries.

Cultural policy review programme

Culture Watch Europe

Interactive online platform and database for an overall presentation of the cultural policy situation in the areas of art/culture (Compendium), media and audiovisual production (Audiovisual Observatory) and cultural heritage (HEREIN).

CultureWatchEurope: Cultural governance observatory

Art Exhibitions of the Council of Europe

Art exhibitions of the Council of Europe

European Cultural Routes - "Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe"

Title granted to historically significant transit routes in Europe by the European Institute of Cultural Routes in Luxembourg. The institute is based on an enlarged partial agreement signed by 24 member states of the Council of Europe. Austria is a founding member.

In 2015 there are 33 certified cultural routes in Europe; five of them lead through Austria: European Mozart Ways, Transromanica, European Cemeteries Route, the Réseau Art Nouveau Network and the Via Habsburg.

HEREIN - European Cultural Heritage Information Network

Information on individual national cultural heritage strategies and a thesaurus in the field of cultural property protection.
Austria has been part of this network since 2009 and provides information on monument protection, sponsorship, and administrative structures.

HEREIN - European Cultural Heritage Information Network

European Heritage Days

The initiative aims at raising public awareness for less known cultural heritage sites. Austria has been involved in this activity since 1998.

European Heritage Days

Eurimages

The European Cinema Support Fund supports the co-production of feature, documentary and animated films of at least two member states. The Federal Chancellery serves as the political representative on the Eurimages administrative board, the Austrian Film Institute is in charge of operational tasks.

EURIMAGES – European Cinema Support Fund

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