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The SEE Heritage Network member - Expeditio (Kotor, Montenegro) participated the Conference "Facing the Past - Creating the Future" in Sarajevo, on September 30 - October 01, 2011, organized by the Open Society Fund from Bosnia and Herzegovina. The aims of the conference were multilateral: to indirectly evaluate and celebrate the 20 years of Soros foundation presence in the region (especially in the domain of arts and culture), to outline and focus on existence of an independent, active scene that marked the war and the transition period; but also to create conditions for confronting the past through the debate, and to give encouragement for recognizing and supporting the new energy in the cultural dynamics of the region (covering the art creation, production, collaboration and exchange practices).

Different statements and approaches, shared among the civil society organizations and national governments' representatives from the region, were transferred into conclusions. The entire document with conclusions can be downloaded here:



Aiming to get a picture about capacities of CSOs that are members of SEE Heritage Network, in order to realize where are the individual members' weak points and what is needed to improve their work and to realize their, as well as Network's mission, the Network Secretariat performed a Questionnaire on the Network capacity building. The member organizations were asked to answer the following questions: "What kind of capacity building trainings have your CSO received in the past?" and "What skills/ knowledge you think that your CSO is missing and which topics do you think would be most useful for your CSO?"

The following table summarizes the research preliminary results:

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The SEE Heritage Network took part in the Research performed by the TACSO (Technical Assistance for CSOs - an EU funded project) Regional Office in Sarajevo, diagnosis Bosnia & Herzegovina. The SEE Heritage Network Secretariat was approached by TACSO representative who explained that that the aim of the research is to identify regional network and to analyze their operational environment. The Report on the CSO Networks in the IPA Countries deriving from the research is envisaged as an exercise to gain an overview of the existing networks and collaboration methods, drawing conclusions on their influences and impact on the CSO development and sustainability.

Based on the findings, the Report may serve as a future key reference to the European Union for decision making on disbursement of core funding among regional networks, or some of them may be seen as a potential successors of TACSO activities.


In addition to the PR materials aiming to promote the SEE Heritage Network, the Secretariat has created new, extra circulation of the leaflet, brochure and bookmarks, financially supported by the Headley Trust (UK) and CHwB through SIDA (Sweden). The materials, promoting the SEE Heritage Network and its members' activities, were distributed by mail and on various events. The publications were designed by Tatjana Rajic from Expeditio.


The SEE Heritage Network became a member of the "European Heritage Alliance 3.3" which was launched in Amsterdam by more than 25 European and International networks and organisations active in the wider field of cultural heritage on the occasion of the European Heritage Congress 2011 organized by Europa Nostra in Amsterdam. The name of this newly created Alliance refers to the article 3.3. of the consolidated version of the Lisbon Treaty of the European Union which stipulates that "[The Union] shall respect its rich cultural and linguistic diversity, and shall ensure that Europe's cultural heritage is safeguarded and enhanced." The organisations and networks represented at the constitutive meeting of the Alliance intend to advocate together the necessity to develop a future EU strategy for cultural and natural heritage, in compliance with this article and will seek to develop stronger synergies between their respective activities with regard to European policy.


Again, it is time to start preparing the new SEE Heritage Calendar. It will keep the same style; however, we decided to start with thematic photographs. For 2012 we planned to promote the theme of CULTURAL LANDSCAPE. We will appreciate very much your contribution for the 2012 Calendar and send us your photos. There are some criteria that we set for the photos. They should be:

  • Horizontal shape
  • Size of minimum 300 dpi (15x10 cm)
  • Attractive, effective, good composition
  • Reflecting some cultural landscape from the SEE region (please, note the location and the  name of the pictured site)
  • Name of the author should also be noted
  • Should be send by e-mail, on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Some of the photos sent for the last year's Calendar will be used. We would like once again to thank our friends who sent us their photos last year: Ilir Paragoni (Albania), Vesna Rozman, Vesna Soic (Croatia), Melita Ivanova (Macedonia), Expreditio (Montenegro), Bojana Mihaljevic, Jugoslava Kljakic, Kaca Lazukic Ljubinkovic and Pavle Marjanovic (Serbia).

We would like to already initiate photographing for the Calendar for 2013. For this year, we would like to promote the theme of INDUSTRIAL HERITAGE. So, we encourage you to start photographing industrial heritage sites when you travel around the region.


Best_in_HeritageThe SEE Heritage Network took part in the Best in Heritage Conference in Dubrovnik, medicine Croatia, on 22-24 September 2011. Irina Subotic from Europa Nostra Serbia (member organization of the SEE Heritage Network) took important role of moderating one of the Conference sessions, and Visnja Kisic also from Europa Nostra Serbia volunteered in the Conference organizational team, while the Transilvania Trust from Romania (as well member organization of the Network) presented the project CSE in Heritage.

The 2011 event of the traditional Best in Heritage Conference celebrated its 10th Anniversary Edition. This Conference, presenting the best, awarded museums, heritage or conservation projects all over the Europe, is organized by the European Heritage Association, based in Zagreb, Croatia, in partnership with Europa Nostra. It is dedicated to promoting the professional excellence in heritage professions "by the power of example". This year, in addition to the 21 awarded ones, six new projects were presented, dedicated to the memory of Kenneth Hudson OBE, and Georges Henri Riviere. The Post Conference event was organized around the thought-provocative theme of the year: "The Difficult Heritage". For more details about the Conference and the presented projects please visit


CALL FOR APPLICATIONS - 7th Regional restoration camp in Gjirokastra!!!
24.09 - 08.10.2011

During a two week period in this upcoming autumn, 50 students and young professionals from around the Balkans will gather in one of the most astonishing UNESCO protected cultural sites in the Region, the World Heritage City of Gjirokastra, to participate in what has become a prominent activity in this field for South Eastern Europe. The 7th camp will start in Prizren on 24th of September allowing participants to see some of the Kosovo's rich cultural heritage, and interact through lectures and joint exercises with their colleagues from camp that would be organized at the earlier stage in Prizren. After 4 days spent in Prizren all you will travel down to south of Albania, Gjirokastra, where the activities will be continued and finalized on 8th of October 2011.

For the 14 days of the camp, participants will follow a rigorous but very fulfilling schedule which combines theory - through lectures and presentations - with exercises and actual restoration works on a world heritage monuments in the Historical Center of Gjirokastra. You will be working with the inhabited monuments and you would be directly helping the residents of Gjirokastra with the repair of their valuable houses. Through discussions raised with the monument owners, we believe to share the knowledge on basic repair techniques that would give owners the incentivesfor the regular upkeep within their own capacities.

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The SEE Heritage Network signed the "We are more!" Campaign, sovaldi and therefore supports the appeal for increased fund for culture in the next EU budget. This Europe-wide advocacy campaign was started by a number of cultural organizations in Europe and developed in partnership with European Cultural Foundation. It calls for an increased support to culture in the next EU budget (for the period 2014-2020). So far, cialis the "we are more!" manifesto has been signed by almost 14,000 supporters from all over Europe. For more information about this campaign, visit

The See heritage Network also signed the Memorandum of the Campaign for a European Industrial and Technical Heritage Year and translated it in Macedonian, Montenegrin and Serbian. This Campaign was launched by the E-Faith - the European Federation of Associations of Industrial and Technical Heritage. The aim is to initiate a wide-spread campaign to promote increased awareness and appreciation amongst the public, public authorities and institutions, and CSOs, of the urgent need to save the Technical and Industrial Heritage of Europe, and to accord it the significance it deserves on the grounds of its Historical and Scientific importance, and through its Cultural significance in offering ways of understanding the social and economic development of European countries. For more information about this campaign, visit



http://www.proffis.rsEuropa Nostra Serbia, thumb as a representative of civil sector involved in the protection of heritage in Serbia, case took part in a joint Hungarian and Serbian seminar under the title of "Protecting heritage amidst urban development" held in Subotica, rx Serbia on 27 and 28 May 2011. The organizers of the seminar were the László Teleki Foundation and the National Office of Cultural Heritage in Hungary in cooperation with the Municipality of Subotica, CSO "Urbis" and "Authentic Vojvodina".

The first day of the seminar was dedicated to presentations held by prominent experts from different universities and institutions from Scotland, Spain, Hungary, Austria and Serbia. The second day, during the round table discussion, stakeholders have discussed the threats that the traditional architectural fabric of the Subotica is faced with, as well as the ways how to save the dilapidated buildings and the one-story buildings which do not fit any longer into the new high-rise image of the town envisaged by the authorities and investors. The problems identified by the participants as posing the greatest threats to the traditional urban fabric of Subotica and the recommendations worded during the discussions as to how the risks can be avoid resulted in the writing of the Subotica Declaration. Europa Nostra Serbia has signed the Declaration and is planning on continuing cooperation with CSO "Urbis" and "Authentic Vojvodina" on this issue. .

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The material displayed on the separate country pages has been prepared by:
Albanian Heritage Foundation
Bosnia and Herzegovina: CHwB Regional Office in Sarajevo
Kosovo: EC MA Ndryshe
Montenegro: EXPEDITIO and Notar
Serbia: Civic Association SUBURBIUM

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