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Overview of project achievements

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The ATRIUM project has just completed another six mounts of project lifetime with very positive results. We have passed several milestones some of which are highlighted in this newsletter and project partners have also been involved in a number of related activities, such as appearances in the press, antecedence in the seminars and conferences, development of communication tools, realization of foreseen outputs.

After the identification of case-studies and filling in the common templates the National Institute of Immovable Cultural Heritage realized the Transnational Survey which was published in English and printed on the CD-ROMs. A draft version of the survey was officially presented to the public at the international seminar organized by the Lead Partner in Forlì in May 2012. A brochure describing the case-studies has been produced and disseminated in all involved territories: 3.000 copies in English and 6.000 in all national languages. At the end of the transnational survey and its publication in every territory involved in the project, a forum addressed to media have been organized with the aim of raising attention of a wider public on the start-up of the cultural route construction on the rationalist architecture, and hence to show the potential economic value of this particular heritage in the countries covered by ATRIUM.

At the forth transnational meeting held in Sofia, the University of Ljubljana presented the draft version of the Transnational Manual of wise management, preservation, reuse and economic valorization of architecture of the totalitarian regimes. The Manual will try to illustrate the potential of economic valorization of this architecture and will focus mainly on the issue of interpretation, strategies for revitalization and reuse, management guidelines, meta-projects and feasibility studies.

When it comes to the Digital Catalogue of selected items the Cultural and Educational Technology Institute ATHENA are working on the development of a catalogue format with common standard descriptors which will allow each project partner to catalogue its own material by using a common standard. In the meanwhile all partners started to organize internal meetings with experts and to select the material that will be upload in the catalogue.

At the end of June the Municipality of Forlì attended the SEE Annual Conference organized in Bologna (Italy) under the title “The Future built on the Present” (www.seeconference2012.net). The specific objectives of the conference was to discuss the future of territorial cooperation, to show the added value of the Programme, to create an efficient platform for dialoguing over the topic of macroregions, to offer networking opportunities and a framework for exchange of experience for the programme stakeholders and to stimulate networking of projects and project partners for future co-operation activities. The conference brought together up to 400 participants including practitioners, representatives of the European Commission, European Parliament, government officials and experts from the SEE countries, representatives of international organizations and academia, potential project developers. During the second session ATRIUM was chosen, together with others 7 SEE projects, to illustrate the project's results as perceived from target groups / stakeholders. The JTS asked the LP to present the project by involving the target group who will testimony on behalf of the project. The promotional video of the project was showed to the participants and then two representatives of ATRIUM's target groups (Italian federation of Tourist Guides and Social Business Network “Romagna Creative District) were invited to answer to the questions made by the Monitoring Committee.

The LP of ATRIUM project participated in the first Council of Europe Cultural Routes Seminar which was held in Strasbourg from 3 to 7 September 2012. The Seminar was organized by the Secretariat of the Enlarged Partial Agreement on Cultural Routes and the European Institute of Cultural Routes in the framework of a Council of Europe/European Commission Joint Programme. The seminar was designed for representatives of cultural routes of the Council of Europe and managers on new projects. The aim was to work together on optimising cultural routes' capacities to build and manage cultural routes and to develop new tools for creating, maintaining and communicating them. The 50 participants included the managers of the 24 Council of Europe's cultural routes and managers of routes seeking the Council's certification, as well as the experts on cultural heritage and sustainable tourism authors of the chapters of the manual on cultural routes management, which will be completed with the inputs received during the seminar.

Last but not least the ATRIUM project has been chosen by the JTS of SEE programme as one of the best practice in monitoring and reporting and invited to attend the Lead Partner Seminar held last 10-11 December 2012 in Budapest and give the presentation on the strategy followed to monitor the project and the good development of the activities by all the partners and prepare the reporting process throughout all the project implementation, the challenges faced and all the financial procedures followed.

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