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Key Resources / Informations générales / Hintergrunddokumente

Regional and Local Cultural Policies / Les politiques culturelles régionales et locales / Regionale und lokale Kulturpolitik

Council of Europe / Conseil de l'Europe / Europarat

Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe
is a pan-European political assembly, the 636 members of which hold elective office (they may be regional or municipal councillors, mayors or presidents of regional authorities) representing over 200,000 authorities in 47 European states. Its role is to promote local and regional democracy, improve local and regional governance and strengthen authorities' self-government. It pays particular attention to application of the principles laid down in the European Charter of Local Self-Government. It encourages the devolution and regionalisation processes, as well as transfrontier co-operation between cities and regions.

Recommendations of the Congress / Recommandations du Congrès / Kongress-Empfehlungen (1976-2017)

Examples / Beispiele:

 THE CONGRESS / RESOLUTION 318 (2010) / 28 October 2010
Cultural Integration of Muslim Women in European Cities

 THE CONGRESS / RECOMMENDATION 286 (2010) / 19 March 2010
Minority languages – an asset for regional development

THE CONGRESS / RESOLUTION 291 (2009) / 15 October 2009
Creative cities – managing the cultural activity of cities

THE CONGRESS / RESOLUTION 284 (2009) / 05 March 2009
The future of cultural tourism – towards a sustainable model

THE CONGRESS / RESOLUTION 268 (2008) / 30 May 2008
The need for regional cultural identity

THE CONGRESS / RECOMMENDATION 245 (2008) / 30 May 2008
Intercultural and interreligious dialogue: an opportunity for local democracy

THE CONGRESS / RECOMMENDATION 222 (2007) / 30 May 2007
Language Education in Regional or Minority Languages

THE CONGRESS / RESOLUTION 205 (2005) / 09 November 2005
Cultural identity in peripheral urban areas: the role of local and regional authorities

THE CONGRESS / RECOMMENDATION 170 (2005) / 31 May 2005
Intercultural and inter-faith dialogue: initiatives and responsibilities of local authorities

THE CONGRESS / RESOLUTION 181 (2004) / 27 May 2004
A pact for the integration and participation of people of immigrant origin in Europe's towns, cities and regions

THE CONGRESS / RECOMMENDATION 105 (2001) / 09 November 2001
Linguistic diversity: a challenge for European cities and regions" - Conclusions of the Rovinj Conference, Croatia, 22 and 23 March 2001

50 years of local and regional democracy in Europe (1957-2007)
This study follows the growth of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe and presents the many initiatives it has taken to help the towns and regions of Europe to develop harmoniously, whether at the political, economic, social, cultural, or environmental level. It has been behind numerous European conventions, today recognised all over the continent, and tirelessly contributes to the consolidation of local and regional democracy in Europe.

Intercultural Cities Programme of the Council of Europe
The Intercultural cities programme supports cities in reviewing their policies through an intercultural lens and developing comprehensive intercultural strategies to help them manage diversity positively and realise the diversity advantage. The programme proposes a set of analytical and practical tools to help local stakeholders through the various stages of the process.

Competences and Practices in European Local and Regional Cultural Policy
Following a survey among regions and cities with over 30 000 inhabitants carried out in 35 member countries of the Council of Europe, from Iceland to the Russian Federation, the present study examines the responsibilities, resources and priorities of local and regional authorities in the field of culture.

D’ANGELO, M.; VESPÉRINI, P. (2000), Cultural policies in Europe: regions and cultural decentralisation. Strasbourg: Council of Europe Publishing.

D’ANGELO, M.; VESPÉRINI, P. (2000), Cultural policies in Europe: local issues. Strasbourg: Council of Europe Publishing.

European Union / Union Européenne / Europäische Union

The Committee of the Regions (CoR)
The CoR is the Assembly of Representatives of regions and cities in the European Union. It consists of 350 regional and locally elected members from the 28 EU countries. Among the 6 Commissions covering competences in policy areas based on the EU Treaties, there is one on education and culture. The CoR holds 6 plenary sessions per year and gives over 50 opinions annually on EU legislation. As well, it organises more than 40 stakeholders' consultations each year.

Cultural and Creative Cities Monitor (07/2017)
The Cultural and Creative Cities Monitor is a new tool to monitor and assess the performance of 'Cultural and Creative Cities' in Europe vis-à-vis their peers using both quantitative and qualitative data. The quantitative information is captured in 29 indicators relevant to nine dimensions reflecting three major facets of the cultural, social and economic vitality of cities: cultural vibrancy, creative economy and enabling environment.

Research / Recherches / Forschung

Culture in the SDGs > A guide for local action (06/2018)
In the context of its advocacy work, and aiming at the full localisation and implementation at the local level of the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the Committee on Culture of UCLG published (May 2018) the document "Culture in the Sustainable Development Goals: A Guide for Local Action". The document provides practical guidance to local and regional governments, civil society organisations, private organisations, culture and development professionals, and other stakeholders that are involved in strengthening partnerships, policies, projects and practices around the place of culture in the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Lisbeth Lindeborg, Lars Lindkvist, The Value of Arts and Culture for Regional Development: A Scandinavian Perspective, Routledge, 2013.

Martin Jones & Anssi Paasi (eds.), Regional World(s): Advancing the Geography of Regions, Special Issue of Regional Studies, Volume 47, Issue 1, 2013.

Eduardo Medeiros, "Euro–Meso–Macro: The New Regions in Iberian and European Space", Regional Studies, Vol. 47 Issue 8, 2013, p. 1249-1266

Robert Palmer (coord.), Culture et Régions d’Europe / Culture and Regions in Europe, study for Région Nord-Pas de Calais.

Thomas Perrin, Culture et Eurorégions. La coopération culturelle entre régions européennes, Éditions de l’Université de Bruxelles, 2013 [version in Catalan available at Editorial Aresta, Barcelona].

Thomas Perrin, "New Regionalism and Cultural Policies. Distinctive and Distinguishing Strategies, from Local to Global". Journal of Contemporary European Studies, Volume 20, Issue 4 (2012), Londres : Routledge, p. 459 – 475.

Roger Scully & Richard Wyn Jones (eds.), Europe, Regions and European Regionalism, Palgrave MacMillan, 2010.

Anssi Paasi, "The resurgence of the ‘Region’ and ‘Regional Identity’ : theoretical perspectives and empirical observations on regional dynamics in Europe", in Fawn, R. (ed.), Globalising the Regional, Regionalising the Global, Cambridge University Press, 2009, p. 121-146.

Josefina Syssner, "Conceptualizations of Culture and Identity in Regional Policy", Regional and Federal Studies, Volume 19,  Issue 3, 2009, p. 437-458.

Anwen Elias (ed.), "Whatever Happened to the Europe of the Regions ? Revisiting the Regional Dimension of European Politics", Special issue of Regional and Federal Studies, Vol. 18 n° 5, 2008.

Bill Lancaster, Diana Newton & Natasha Vall, "An Agenda for Regional History". Northumbria University Press, 2007.

Michael Keating, "Regions and Regionalism in Europe", Cheltenham : Edward Elgar Publishing, 2005.

Michael Keating, John Loughlin, Kris Deschouwer, "Culture, Institutions and Economic Development: a study of Eight European Regions", Cheltenham : Edward Elgar Publishing, 2003.

Mireille Pongy & Guy Saez, "Politiques culturelles et Régions en Europe", Paris : L’Harmattan 1994.