At a formal ceremony, the Council of Europe officially awarded ERIH the title of a European Cultural Route. ERIH President Prof. Dr. Meinrad Maria Grewenig accepted the certificate last week in Sibiu, Romania, at the Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe Annual Advisory Forum. The certification ceremony followed ERIH‘s recognition as a European Cultural Route in May, along with four other European cultural projects.
"This classification as a European Cultural Route of the Council of Europe", said Meinrad Maria Grewenig in his welcoming address, "makes ERIH, the European Route of Industrial Heritage, very special. Thanks to it, ERIH ranks among the major European contributors for the development of a Europe-focused cultural tourism ".
The ERIH president added that the award was an encouraging and prestigious recognition of ERIH's work as the largest tourism-related information network on Europe's industrial heritage. He particularly emphasized the pan-European dance event "Work it out", which, for the second year in a row, attracted more than 5,000 young dancers to 40 industrial heritage sites in 12 European countries. This success, he underlined, was a confirmation that industrial heritage could be an exciting experience for young people as well.
"Industrial heritage is one of the most powerful European cultural projects of our time", he concluded, seamlessly connecting with the conference's motto "Cultural Routes for Cultural Tourism". He welcomed the award's potential in building partnerships for the successful and sustainable development of pan-European cultural route networks.
The certificate was presented by Dr. Birgitta Ringbeck (right), Chairwoman of the Governing Board for the 2010 Council of Europe Enhanced Partial Agreement on Cultural Routes (EPA), and Snežana Samardžić-Marković, Director General of Democracy, Council of Europe.
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