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European Heritage Days

Call for Tender

The Council of Europe has launched a call for tender for an external agency to coordinate the European Heritage Days (EHDs) for a two-year period beginning in 2006. The European Heritage Days have been officially instituted in 1991. Since then, the Council has given responsibility for the practical aspects of organising the EHDs to an external agency appointed for a set period.

As a driving force in promoting awareness of a European identity - not just in cultural terms but socially, politically and economically - the programme of the European Heritage Days is a joint Council of Europe / European Union initiative promoting access to monuments and sites, aiming to:

  • bring European citizens closer to their cultural heritage to help them get to know and understand each other better despite the diversity of cultures and languages;
  • safeguard a heritage constantly under threat;
  • promote a more open attitude to others, as a means of effectively combating racism, xenophobia and intolerance;
  • prepare for the future by re-appropriating, re-interpreting and re-positioning the cultural vestiges of the past in their political, social and economic implications.

The closing date for proposals is 15 December 2005.

Contact for any complementary information: jep-ehd@coe.int or see http://www.coe.int/T/E/Cultural_Co-operation/Heritage/Ehd/