European Information Network on Cultural Heritage Policies (HEREIN Project)

Réseau européen d'information sur les politiques du patrimoine culturel (Projet HEREIN)

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Founded by Council of Europe (CE) at the request of member states to take stock of the changes in legislation and practices in the participating countries and provide a forum for pooling and sharing information on cultural heritage. In 1992, at the 3rd European Conference of Ministers Responsible for Cultural Heritage, Valletta (Malta), ministers supported the idea to compile and manage a periodically updated European directory of heritage policies (Res No 3). In 1996, at the 4th European Conference, Helsinki (Finland), ministers asked for the creation of a permanent information system (Res No 1 and 2). In 2001, at the 5th European Conference, ministers requested to permanently establish HEREIN (Res No 2). In 2005, role and potential contribution was increased by Council of Europe Framework Convention on the Value of Cultural Heritage for Society. In 2014, the 'HEREIN System for the European Heritage Policies' was launched.


Monitor implementation of the four Council of Europe Cultural Heritage Conventions; monitor current trends and challenges in the field of heritage for the benefit of the various competent institutions; facilitate cooperation between public administrations through exchanges, development an dissemination of good practices; enable the Council of Europe to fulfil its obligations regarding the monitoring of conventions and cooperation with its members states in the field of heritage; foster implementation of heritage projects which are able to improve citizen's quality of life and living environment.

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Knowledge management/information dissemination; events/meetings. Management of treaties and agreements: Convention for the Protection of the Architectural Heritage of Europe; European Convention on the Protection of the Archaeological Heritage, Revised; Council of Europe Framework Convention on the Value of Cultural Heritage for Society; European Landscape Convention.


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Relations with 2 inter-governmental organizations.
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Relations with 1 non-governmental organizations.
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Members in 44 countries
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UN Sustainable Development Goals **

GOAL 4: Quality EducationGOAL 11: Sustainable Cities and CommunitiesGOAL 16: Peace and Justice Strong Institutions



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1. Jun 2016
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