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15 Nov 12

Balkan Museum Network Launched in Skopje

A new network linking regional museums has been launched in Skopje, where a joint project for restoring cultural heritage worth 2.8 million euro was presented.

Danilo Lucic
BIRN Belgrade

The South East Museum Network, whose mission is to solidify cross-border cooperation between museum institutions, was inaugurated in Skopje on Tuesday at a conference organized by the Regional Cooperation Council, RCC.

Opening the event, Macedonia's Minister of Culture, Elizabeta Kanceska-Milevska, said the project affirmed respect for different cultural expressions would boost cultural tourism.

“We are actively concentrating efforts on promoting the principle of understanding and good neighbouring relations between the SEE countries along with the networking of their institutions and entities in regional projects in different areas,” she added.

The conference gathered regional culture ministers, museum directors, representatives of the European Commission, the RCC Task Force on Culture and Society, and members of UNESCO and International Council of Museums.

In their joint statement, the ministers said the network aimed to strengthen cooperation between national museums and prepare regional and international projects.

One project, worth 2.8 million euro, on restoring cultural heritage, was presented at a meeting of the Regional Cooperation Council’s Task Force on Culture and Society on Monday.

“The 2.8 million euro will be used to restore two or three cultural heritage sites in Southeast Europe, taking into account the maturity, visibility and impact of those projects,” Wenceslas de Lobkowicz, advisor for cultural heritage in the European Commission’s Directorate for Enlargement, said.

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