Eight heads of state gather in Varna, Bulgaria, to discuss "Cultural Corridors in South-East Europe"The presidents of Albania, Bulgaria, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, Greece, Serbia and Montenegro, The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, and Turkey1 will take part in a regional summit entitled “Cultural Corridors in South-East Europe: Common Past and Shared Heritage - a Key to a Future Partnership” which will be held in Varna2, Bulgaria, on May 20-21. The forum is being organized by the President of Bulgaria, Georgi Purvanov, UNESCO Director-General Koďchiro Matsuura, and the Secretary-General of the Council of Europe, Terry Davis.
Cultural heritage has often been the source of conflict and the target of attacks in South-East Europe. Those taking part in the forum will debate ways of using heritage to strengthen ties between the different groups in the region. How can heritage contribute to economic and social development? How should it be promoted in the region and beyond? What cultural projects can the countries concerned launch in common? These are the main themes that will occupy, aside from the heads of state, around 100 experts and representatives of European and international organizations such as the European Commission and the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS).
|Source||Media Advisory N°2005-32|
|Editorial Contact:||Jasmina Sopova, Press Relations Section, tel. +33 (0)1 45 68 17 17, mobile in Varna : 33 (0)6 74 39 84 41|
|Publication Date||12 May 2005|