Vienna, 18 November 2013 Press release

Advisory Forum of the Cultural Routes Programme of the Council of Europe to meet in Innsbruck on 21 and 22 November 2013

The first major cultural event held in Austria in the framework of Austria's chairmanship will focus on a success story of the Council of Europe

Vienna, 18 November 2013 – One of the most important events of the Council of Europe Cultural Routes programme, the "Advisory Forum" is to be held under the aegis of the Austrian Ministry for European and International Affairs, the Ministry for Economy, Family and Youth and the Ministry for Education, Arts and Culture on 21 and 22 November 2013 at Hofburg Innsbruck. The Forum meets once a year and brings together route managers of the 26 certified cultural routes, applicants representing candidate routes, stakeholders from tourism and culture, interested representatives from the member states and international organisations, academics and experts to share opinions and ideas and discuss tailored models that could make the network even more efficient.

"We are very proud that Austria has three certified cultural routes", Austrian Vice-Chancellor and Foreign Minister Michael Spindelegger said. "Another Austrian candidate, the "Via Habsburg" including the Innsbruck Hofburg palace will officially apply for the prestigious "Cultural Route of the Council of Europe" seal in 2014", Spindelegger said.

Discussions at the upcoming meeting under the topic "Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe 2014 - 2024: Quo Vadis?" will revolve around the future of the Cultural Routes programme after the end of the pilot phase. Vice-Chancellor Spindelegger: "The exchange of best-practice models is the basis of practically oriented work; an essential contribution that the Advisory Forum can provide to this important and successful programme of the Council of Europe."

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