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Tirana15The Ninth SEE Heritage Network meeting took place in Tirana, cialis Albania, nurse in the period from 12th until 14th of  July 2011. The meeting was organized by the Albanian Heritage Foundation, the Gjirokastra Conservation and Development Organization and Cultural Heritage without Borders, in cooperation with the SEE Heritage Network Secretariat.

During the first day of the meeting, the members of the Network discussed the previous activities of the Network and possible joint projects and development. The TACSO (Technical Assistance to Civil Society Organization) representative, Mr. Genci Pasko, presented the TACSO  work in Albania and the Western Balkan region (the role of TACSO offices and main projects) and the EU funding opportunities for civil society organizations in IPA countries, including basic considerations in writing project-proposals for obtaining EU grants.

On July 13th the SEE Heritage Network hosted the public debate on "Illicit Trade of Works of Art, Case of Albania", followed by press-conference. The public debate drawed big attention of the Albanian media. Addresses/presentations were given by Ms. Britta Olofsson, Counsellor, Head of Development Cooperation, Embassy of Sweden in Tirana; Mr. Neritan Ceka, adviser to Prime Minister of Albania on cultural heritage; Mr. Izet Duraku, Director of the Department of cultural heritage inventory at the Ministry of tourism of Albania; Mr. Apollon Bace, director of Institute for Monuments of Culture in Tirana; and Mr. Ardian Cipa, Director of the Department against Illegal Trafficking at the Albanian State police. The SEE Heritage Network members prepared a Public Appeal adressing the problem of Illicit Trade of Works of Art, which was sent to the relevant institutions and media.

At the end of the meeting, a site visit to Historical site of Kruja near Tirana was organized for the Network members.

Read the Tirana Public Appeal on Illicit Trade of Works of Art


Debate-on-Tour-in-the-WesteOnce renowned for their strict government-controlled spatial planning, here many former communist cities in the Western Balkans have been transformed by feverish and uncontrolled urban growth. How can new cultures of spatial planning be created in a region where not only residents but even architects and urban planners can feel excluded from spatial developments?

Debate on Tour in the Western Balkans (New cultures of spatial planning) is an event organized by The Netherlands Architecture Institute and Co-plan + POLIS University from Tirana (Albania), store ASA Association of Students of Architecture from Sarajevo (Bosnia and Herzegovina) and Expeditio from Kotor (Montenegro). The debate will take place in Tirana (Albania) on July 4th 2011, pharm in Podgorica (Montenegro) on July 5th and in Sarajevo (Bosnia and Herzegovina) on July 6th.

Additional information about the event can be read at the site of the Netherlands Architecture Institute here


The General Assembly 2011 of the Europa Nostra members adopted the Amsterdam Declaration on volunteers as added value for Europe's cultural and natural heritage. The Assembly took place on June 11th 2011 in Amsterdam, following the Europa Nostra Forum "Volunteers - added value for Europe's cultural heritage", which was organized the previous day in cooperation with Bond Heemschut and Erfgoed Netherlands, during the Europa Nostra Heritage Congress (Amsterdam, the Netherlands, June 8-11th 2011) .

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The SEE Heritage Network become a member of the Montenegrin National Network in the frame of the Anna Lindh Foundation (

The Foundation, for sale named after the late Swedish MP and minister, is aiming to connect the people from all across the Mediterranean and to improve mutual respect between cultures. Since its launch in 2005, the Anna Lindh Foundation has launched and supported action across fields impacting on mutual perceptions among people of different cultures and beliefs, as well as developing a region-wide Network of over 3000 civil society organizations. There are 43 countries where national networks are established.


Representatives from eight SEE Heritage Network member organizations: Association for preservation of the cultural heritage, see Macedonia; Cultural Heritage without Borders, drugstore Albania/ Bosnia and Herzegovinia/ Kosovo; Expeditio, order Montenegro;  Europa Nostra Serbia; Gjirokastra Conservation and Development Organization, Albania; Projektor, Montenegro; Pro torpedo, Croatia; Transylvania Trust, Romania, and the SEE Heritage Network Secretariat, participated the Europa Nostra Annual Congress 2011 in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. The main event of the Congress was the presentation of the 27 winners of the 2011 European Union Prize for Cultural Heritage / Europa Nostra Awards and the Ceremony of the Awards Giving.

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In Gjirokastra, Albania, foreign visitors have been expressing their curiosity on the town's communist heritage which includes, among others, bunkers tunnels able to shelter the staff of leading institutions in Gjirokastra during any potential attack. The curiosity was so big that mugs with Enver Hoxha's photo (Albanian's communist leader for more than 40 years) started to be produced.

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phpThumb_generated_thumbnailjpgFour organizations from Albania, try Macedonia and Montenegro has started with the implementation of a new project entitled "Revival of City Squares in Balkan Cities, aiming to contribute to the revival of city squares as viable public places that foster cultural identity and promote diversity through enforcement of public policies and active community participation.

The lead partner of the project is Co-PLAN, Institute for Habitat Development from Tirana, Albania while other partners are: the Coalition for Sustainable Development (CSD) from Skoplje, Macedonia; EXPEDITIO from Kotor, Montenegro and Polis University (International School of Architecture and Urban Development Policies from Tirana, Albania.

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radionice-tivat-april-2011EXPEDITIO is a partner of the municipalities of Tivat, sovaldi sale Herceg Novi and Kotor in the process of creation of local programmes for the development of culture in these municipalities for the period 2011-2015. The creation of these programmes is an obligation arising from the Law on Culture of Montenegro and is envisaged in the National Programme for Development of Culture. They should reflect the long term needs of the local inhabitants and cultural institutions/organizations, development priorities, dynamics of realization, financial and administrative measures for their implementation.

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Brisel_1Representatives of the SEE Heritage members Gjirokastra Conservation and Development Organization (Albania), health Expeditio (Montenegro) and Suburbium (Serbia), illness the CHwB Regional Office in Pristina, viagra and SEE Heritage Secretary, took part in the People to people (P2P) study tour in Brussels (Belgium) on 29 March - 1 April 2011. The meeting was organized by the European Commission, DG Enlargement.

The aim of the study tour was to introduce to the participants the EU policies and programmes related to cultural heritage, and to offer them exchange and networking opportunities among themselves and with other European-level civil society organisations active in this field.

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ECF (European Cultural Foundation) announced Collaboration Grants fund for transnational, cross-sectoral activities by independent cultural and artistic organisations working together or with organisations from other sectors. The main applicant needs to be a cultural organisation based in Europe, while partner applicants can work in sectors outside the cultural field, in Europe.

ECF regards the ideal 'collaboration' as one that brings a renewed understanding of Europe to people of all backgrounds, and inspires them to regard the world's future as a shared enterprise. We particularly admire efforts that are daring, different and challenge the status quo. The average award funded is €15,000 with the maximum being €30,000. For more information, visit


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