15th and 16th October 2014 - HECTOR project: kick-off in Brussels

The kick-off meeting and the launch conference of the HECTOR project (HEritage and Cultural Tourism Open Resources for innovative training schemes related to the Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe) took place on 15th and 16th October 2014 at the Brussels Office of the Council of Europe.
During two days of work, the different working-packages of the project and the methodology were discussed among the partners and presented to the public.

The HECTOR project is funded by the programme Erasmus+, Key Action 2 - Cooperation for innovation and the exchange of good practices. This action aims at supporting the development, sharing and transfer of best practices and innovative approaches in the fields of education, training and youth.
HECTOR project is coordinated by the European Institute of Cultural Routes and involves three universities - IREST, University Paris 1 Sorbonne (France), LABPACT, University of Barcelona (Spain), CAST, University of Bologna (Italy) - and one cultural foundation - Fondazione Federico II (Italy).

The partners will work during two years on the identification and the development of innovative training schemes in the field of heritage and cultural tourism management focussing on the Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe.


Ambassador Torbjørn Frøysnes, Head of the Liaison Office of the Council of Europe in Brussels, opened the conference underlining the importance of HECTOR as the first Erasmus project focused on the Council of Europe Cultural Routes programme and the central role of the European Institute of Cultural Routes in Luxembourg as lead partner of the project and main “knowledge centre”.
The Consul General Jean-Claude Meyer, from the embassy of Luxembourg in Brussels, presented the involvement and the contribution of the Grand-Duchy of Luxembourg to the Cultural Routes programme and Ms Penelope DENU, Executive Secretary, Enlarged Partial Agreement on Cultural Routes and Director of the European Institute of Cultural Routes, presented the importance of HECTOR in the strategic framework of Enlarged Partial Agreement and European Institute of Cultural Routes.

Professor Maria Gravari-Barbas (IREST - Paris 1 Sorbonne University), Professor Jordi Tresserras-Juan (LABPACT - Barcelona University), Professor Paolo Figini (CAST - Bologna University), Ms Antonella Razete (Fondazione Federico II) presented their activities and the interest of HECTOR project; Dr Eleonora Berti, European Institute of Cultural Routes and project coordinator, and Professor Germana Di Falco, Expert in EU policies, presented the main steps of HECTOR and the importance of this project in the frame of the new policies of the European Union.

The representatives of European Commission (DG Enterprise), European Travel Commission, European networks of regions (NECSTouR and ERRIN), European regions and city councils and of European Cultural Routes participated in the launch conference and given their availability in supporting and disseminating the project