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1.2. Problem or challenge to be addressed

In SEE, many towns & cities still have tangible traces of architectures of two totalitarian regimes of 20th century. Visible signs can be easily found in towns like Forli, Predappio (IT), but also in EAC, affected in many cases (e.g Albania, Croatia) by both 20th century totalitarianisms, and still preserving significant architectural left-over of that called "foundation towns" of the Fascist era (like Rasa and Labin), where urban & architectural design merged to found new towns, often on reclaimed areas. On the other side, countries like Hungary, Slovakia, Romania & Bulgaria have several architectonical signs of former communist regime. Although in different times (1945-1989/91), the challenge that new democratic institutions had to face (and are currently facing) is how to maintain a relationship with such an "inconvenient" & uncomfortable heritage & memories, and how to economically exploit them. They could become, in fact, an important source of local development, if managed & valorised in an intelligent way through a thematic trans-national cultural route corroborated by specific tourism cultural products. This goal will be pursued by preparing all necessary activities to set up a Cultural Route acknowledged by the Council of Europe (Resolution 12/07). They will regard identification of exemplificative monuments & heritage of those regimes as base for a better understanding of today Europe, preparation of a trans-national manual of wise management, preservation & valorisation of this particular heritage, preparation of cultural operators capable of developing innovative projects for its economic valorisation & raising awareness of policy makers on including the cultural heritage into the sustainable development policies of territory, implementation of long-lasting multilateral activities & networks. Around this new cultural route, new services, & hence new jobs, will be created (hosting, guiding, monuments' restoration), especially for young people & women.


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