Regional Cultural and Natural Heritage Programme for South Eastern Europe (2003-2005)
The Council of Europe in association with the European Union has drawn up a Regional Cultural and Natural Heritage Programme for South Eastern Europe, which the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has forwarded to the Commission. The programme coordinator for Bosnia and Herzegovina (Amra Hadžimuhamedović) was put forward at the same time.
The regional programme covers Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Kosovo, Rumania, Serbia & Montenegro and FRY Macedonia. It consists of three components:
A) institutional capacity building plan (ICBP):
- contributing to establishing an appropriate legislative framework and to administrative reforms;
- inventory and documentation;
- formulation of realistic development strategies;
- contribution to heritage management capacity of public officials in state institutions;
- development of conservation techniques and practice through specific training programmes, professional exchanges etc.
B) Integrated rehabilitation project plan (IRPP)
- preliminary technical assessment: assessment report on the current state of the architectural and archaeological heritage; drawing up priority intervention list (PIL); preliminary technical assessment of the condition of the properties on the PIL, including overall cost estimates;
- feasibility study (FS): project development; project organization; project implementation.
C) Local development pilot project (LDPP)
The Commission will support the regional cultural and natural heritage programme for South Eastern Europe, but will continue to insist that when it is implemented it meets the specific needs of the country.
Bosnia and Herzegovina should take part in individual components of the programme with projects that are topical and the execution of which is mandatory for next year, such as capacity building; legal framework and inventory and documentation; local development projects; plan for the sustainable management of the historic centre of Jajce (the drafting and implementation of which should also be submitted to the Government of the Federation of BiH as one of the short-term priorities).
At the state level of BiH steps will be taken to set up an inter-ministerial commission to ensure that the programme is integrated with a multidisciplinary approach to the definition of sustainable development.
Programme coordinator for Integrated rehabilitation project plan (component B - IRPP) have been appointed (Mirela Mulalić-Handan). Proposed of project coordinators:
- for capacity building (component A) - Dubravko Lovrenović
- for local projects (component C) - Ljiljana Ševo.
The projected activities of the Council of Europe Programme will be covered, as far as possible, in the Commission's projected budget for next year.
Meeting of programme coordinators, Strasbourg on 29 and 30 September 2003.
As part of preparations for the programme, a meeting of programme coordinators was held in Strasbourg on 29 and 30 September 2003. The aim of the meeting was to present in detail all the programme components to the programme coordinators and for them in turn to set out their views and expectations. Given the very ambitious scope of the programme, central questions were:
1. what is the benefit to each country individually from the programme
2. what are the obligations of each country individually.
It is important to underline that the Council of Europe has no funds for the implementation of the programme and that these would largely be provided from the budgets of the countries participating in the programme or other sources (the European Union, donations etc.). The Council of Europe's contribution is restricted to covering the costs of organizing meetings and of the work of Council of Europe specialists (the Council of Europe has a file with the details of specialists whom it engages for specific programmes. The file was recently adopted, and the engagement of experts used to be decided by the Steering Committee for Cultural Heritage, but has now been delegated to the Technical Cooperation and Assistance section of the Council of Europe's Directorate for Culture.