The 2003-2010 Council of Europe and the European Commission joint action
The new phase of the 2003-2010 Council of Europe and the European Commission joint action “ Integrated Rehabilitation Project Plan / Survey of the Architectural and Archaeological Heritage ” (IRPP/SAAH) in the countries of South-East Europe, has been launched during the Slovenian Presidency of the European Union, at the Conference "New Paradigms, New Models – Culture in the EU External Relations" (13-15 May 2008 in Ljubljana).
This joint action promotes regional co-operation and encourages the recognition of our shared European heritage. It is a testimony of the continued endeavour to enhance emblematic heritage sites in order to rebuild bridges between ethnic and religious communities within and throughout the countries of the region, thereby fostering reconciliation, cultural diversity, intercultural dialogue and economic complementarity in this part of Europe
The “Ljubljana Process – Funding Heritage Rehabilitation in South-East Europe” aims at ensuring public and private funding for a significant number of the 26 “ Consolidated Projects ” selected by national authorities, among the 186 monuments on the Priority Intervention List, because of the quality of the rehabilitation process carried out so far, their symbolic, historical and cultural value, and the economic potential of the projects.
The fund-raising activity and the simultaneous elaboration of financial strategies for the heritage sector should be conducive to a coherent incorporation of these sites’ rehabilitation into the regional economic development plans.
As a direct support to the project and in addition to its recent and ongoing involvement in this sector (amounting to more than €14 million between 2003-08), the European Commission, within the framework of its enlargement policy, has pledged funding for one “Consolidated project “ in each country of the Western Balkans.
Beneficiaries of this joint action are the participants in the Council of Europe’s Regional Programme for Cultural and Natural Heritage in South East Europe (RPSEE): Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Kosovo (UNSCR 1244), Montenegro, Romania, Serbia, and “the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia”.