Cooperation with the Council of Europe
As an intergovernmental organisation established after the Second World War, the Council of Europe focuses on humanistic and democratic values in its cultural and educational activities. In the field of culture, the European Cultural Convention and the Steering Committee for Culture, Heritage and Landscape (CDCPP) are of key importance.
In the beginning of 2012, the Steering Committee for Culture, Heritage and Landscape (CDCPP) was established after a structural reform in the Council of Europe. The CDCPP took over the responsibilities of the former Steering Committee for Culture (CDCULT) and the Steering Committee for Cultural Heritage and Landscape (CDPATEP). It is integrated in the Democracy pillar in the three-part structure of the Council of Europe.
The areas of responsibility of the Steering Committee include the implementation of the relevant conventions of the Council of Europe as well as the resolutions of the 2005 Summit of Heads of State and Government in Warsaw and the Conference of Ministers responsible for culture in Moscow 2013 as well as the Conference of Ministers responsible for heritage in Namur 2015.
Among the central priorities of CDCPP’s work are building an indicator framework on culture and democracy, understanding the impact of digitisation on culture and the implementation of the European Heritage Strategy for the 21st Century.
Cultural policy research, work programmes and strategic cultural projects
Compendium of Cultural Policies and Trends in Europe
Online databank of reports and analyses on cultural policy developments in 43 member states. From 1998 to 2017 the Council of Europe coordinated the programme. From 2017-2020 the coordination wass with the Assocation of the Compendium of Cultural Policies and Trends (CCPT) in the Netherlands. As from 2021 this function is performed by the Kulturpolitische Gesellschaft Bonn. Austria is a member of the Association.
European Programme of National Cultural Policy Reviews
Programme for the evaluation of national cultural policies with reports on cultural policy guidelines, concepts, structures, and budgets of the participating countries.
Culture Watch Europe
Interactive online platform and database for an overall presentation of the cultural policy situation in the areas of art/culture (Compendium), media and audiovisual production (Audiovisual Observatory) and cultural heritage (HEREIN).
Art Exhibitions of the Council of Europe – Free to Create - Create to be Free
2021 the digital exhibition „Free to Create – Create to be Free“ was launched. It provides a fresh view promoting the importance of freedom of artistic expression and the role of art, culture and heritage in times when democracy is under pressure from regional and global challenges.
European Cultural Routes - "Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe"
Title granted to historically significant transit routes in Europe by the European Institute of Cultural Routes in Luxembourg. The institute is based on an enlarged partial agreement signed by 35 member states of the Council of Europe. Austria is a founding member.
In 2021 there are 45 certified cultural routes in Europe; 12 of them lead through Austria: European Mozart Ways, European Route of Jewish Heritage, Transromanica, European Cemeteries Route, European Route of Historic Thermal Towns, Réseau Art Nouveau Network, Via Habsburg, Iron Curtain Trail, Routes of Reformation, European Route of Industrial Heritage, Via Romea Germanica and Iron Age Danube Route.
HEREIN - European Cultural Heritage Information Network
Information on individual national cultural heritage strategies and a thesaurus in the field of cultural property protection.
Austria has been part of this network since 2009 and provides information on monument protection, sponsorship, and administrative structures.
European Heritage Days
The initiative aims at raising public awareness for less known cultural heritage sites. Austria has been involved in this activity since 1998.
The European Cinema Support Fund supports the co-production of feature, documentary and animated films of at least two member states. The Federal Chancellery serves as the political representative on the Eurimages administrative board, the Austrian Film Institute is in charge of operational tasks.