On 24th of April, the members of European Network of Places of Peace met by videoconference to discuss various issues related to the present and future activity of the Network, with the participation of representatives of the Network’s locations in Portugal, Germany, Slovakia, Hungary, Croatia, Bulgaria and Romania.

The members of the Network unanimously approved a Vote of Condolences for the death of Professor Doctor Diogo Freitas do Amaral, a great friend and supporter of ENPP, and decided to grant him the degree of ENPP Honorary Member, posthumously.

The members of the Network also unanimously approved a proposal by the President of the Board to submit again an application of Places of Peace Route for Cultural Route of the Council of Europe, after an invitation addressed by the European Institute of Cultural Routes based in Luxembourg.

The meeting also carried out a review of the preparatory work at each site for the application of places in Europe where Peace Treaties were signed to the European Heritage Label in the category of “transnational site” which started in last Januar /February.

It was found that this work was interrupted in practically all locations due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but was decided to continue preparing the application as soon as possible so that the list of locations included in the application, current members of the Network or not, can be closed until 15th September 2020, regardless of a possible postponement of the application deadline by the European Commission.

The members of the Network exchanged information about the consequences of the current epidemic crisis in each country and decided to take a public position whose text is currently being prepared.

The President of ENPP, Eduardo Basso, met on February 20 with the Mayor of Vasvár, Mr. Toth Balázs, in the Town Hall of this Hungarian member of ENPP and Places of Peace Route.
During the meeting issues related to Network local development and the current certification process of Places of Peace Route as Cultural Route of the Council of Europe were discussed.
After the meeting the President of ENPP visited the House of Peace and the Museum of Vasvár, also accompanied by the Director of the Museum, Mr. Zágorhidi Czigány Balázs.

The Peace Tour – Alcáçovas/Évora Monte (Portugal), an initiative of the European Network of Places of Peace and the Municipality of Viana do Alentejo operated by the tour operator RSI-Viagens, Estremoz, will make its inaugural trip on Saturday, June 16.

The main purpose of the Peace Tour is to make known the places where the two Peace Treaties – the Treaty of Alcáçovas and the Convention of Evoramonte – were signed, which deeply marked the history of Portugal in the late 15th and early 19th century, respectively.

This is a one-day tour, to be held on Saturdays with planned departures from Lisbon (Gare do Oriente) and Évora (Portas do Raimundo/GALP), with the morning part dedicated to the village of Alcáçovas and the afternoon to be passed in the Castle of Evoramonte.

In Alcáçovas the participants will have the opportunity to visit the Paço dos Henriques, the recently recovered place where the Treaty was signed, the Garden of Shells annexed to the Palace and to attend a Historical Representation about the circumstances and the main consequences of the Treaty signed between King D Alfonso V and Prince D. João (future D. João II) by Portugal side and the Catholic Kings, D. Fernando and D. Isabel by Castile. There will be a visit to the factory Pardalinho Rattles, where visitors will be able to watch the Rattle Production, classified in 2015 as Intangible Heritage of Humanity, by UNESCO. Before lunch in a local restaurant with traditional Alentejo menu, visitors will still have the opportunity to get to know one of the most important economic activities of the village – the “Conventual Confectionery of Alcáçovas”.

After lunch, the tour will take the participants to Evoramonte Castle. Here, Tour participants will visit some of the most important examples of the Castle’s rich religious, civil and military patrimony: the Torre/Paço de Evoramonte, a national monument since 1911, unique in its style throughout the Iberian Peninsula, a work attributed to the Arrudas Architects by order of D. Teodósio and D. Jaime, the first Dukes of the House of Bragança; the Church of Santa Maria, currently dedicated to Nª. Sra. da Conceição, dating from the 12th century and the Chapel of Mercy built in the first half of the sixteenth century and in which highlights the central nave completely tiled with tiles from the mid-eighteenth century. In Evoramonte, participants will also attend a Historical Representation on the circumstances that led to the signing of the Convention of Evoramonte, between the liberals led by D. Pedro and the absolutists commanded by his brother D. Miguel and who put an end to the only civil war Portugal knew in its almost 900 years of history.

The Tour will end in the best way: a Thematic Dinner based on recipes collected by the well-known Portuguese Historian and Gastronomic Dr. Alfredo Saramago. Empadão de Pigeons Braves and Pork Loin with Honey and Rosemary will be the main dishes of a dinner served in environment of the time of the Convention.

Reservations can be made at the headquarters of RSI-Viagens in Estremoz or in the branch office in Évora (Edifício Santa Catarina, 12 – store 6), through the website www.rs-viagens.com, emails info.estremoz@rs-viagens. pt and info.evora@rs-viagens.pt or by phone +351 268 333 228 and +351 266 747 871.

Claudia Tapardel, a Romanian MEP who is a member of the Committee on Transport and Tourism of the European Parliament and of the St. James Ways and Other Cultural Routes Intergroup of the same Parliament sent a recorded message to the 11th ENPP Meeting held on 4 May in the city of Bucharest since due to agenda issues she wasn’t able to personally attend the Meeting as she wished.

The defense of European values, the future projects of the Network and the election of the new Managing Bodies of the Association dominated the 11th  Meeting of the European Network of Places of Peace held on 4 and 5 May at the Cotroceni Museum in the city of Bucharest, Romania.
The Meeting discussed in detail the current certification process of  Places of Peace Route, in particular, the content of a report about the Route  elaborated by an “independent expert”  appointed by the European Institute of Cultural Routes (EICR), which received the most vehement repudiation by all delegations present since, in addition it  doesn’t reflect the reality and activity of the Route, this report is based on concepts that have nothing to do with the principles and practice of the Route and the ENPP. As a result, the Meeting approved the measures taken by the ENPP Board to solve the situation created by such Report and mandated the ENPP Board to continue to push for the reversal of the decision in not continuing the certification process this year taken by the Bureau of EPA Governing Body of Cultural Routes on last 16 and 17 February.

Regarding future projects, the Meeting discussed the future holding of a Conference on Tourism and Peace as well as the launch of the “Peace Games” a project of intercultural experiences among all members of the Network which was nominated for the EU Culture Program and awaits by a decision.
The Managing Bodies of the Association for the four-year 2018/2022 were unanimously elected and the ENPP Board continues to be headed by Eduardo Basso, representing the Evoramonte Castle Friendship Association (Portugal). The remaining positions of the Board will be occupied by Ulf Müller (Hubertusburg Castle Friendship Association, Germany), Janka Fabová (Oz TREUM, Slovakia), Bozhanka Dobreva (EICT Eureka, Bulgaria) and Anita Grzan-Martinovic (Municipality of Zadar, Croatia).

The Presidency of the General Assembly will be filled by the Association for the Promotion of Altranstädt Castle (Germany) and the Presidency of the Audit Statutory Committee for the Municipality of Vasvár (Hungary).

The European Network of Places of Peace Annual Meeting 2018 is scheduled for 4 and 5 May in the city of Bucharest, Romania, and will take place at Cotroceni Museum, located at Cotroceni Palace, the Romanian Presidential Palace (see photo). This meeting will commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Bucharest Peace Treaty and will be held at the invitation of the Youth Forum Romania, a non-profit association that joined the ENPP at the beginning of last year.
This Meeting will have a new development: a 2-day Parallel Program was prepared for all those who are interested and who want to support the objectives and activities of our Network. The program includes visits to some of the places in Bucharest where peace treaties have been signed as well as some of the most visited places in this countries such as Bran Castle, commonly known as Dracula’s Castle and the wonderful Peles Castle in Sinaia The program will end with a dinner and musical entertainment at the historical restaurant “Hanul Lui Manuc”, located in the center of the city and where one of the 3 Peace Treaties of Bucharest was signed. Those interested can obtain more information about this Program through the Network’s email: enpp.ec@sapo.pt

ENPP decided to hold the 1st European Conference on Tourism and Peace in September 2018 in Leipzig, Germany, after having obtained from Mr. Amr Al-Ghaffar, Tourism and Peace Senior Advisor of the Secretary-General of World Tourism Organization, the confirmation of the support of this organization of the United Nations. Details of this support will be discussed between the President of ENPP and that UNWTO High Representative at a meeting scheduled for January in Madrid, during the International Tourism Fair (FITUR).

The village of Alcáçovas (Portugal) celebrated its Treaty of Peace with several events during in the week of 4 to 9 September, with the Official Commemorative Session on Monday, 4th September, 538 years after the signing of its Peace Treaty, on September 4, 1479.

During the week several conferences related to the Musealization Program of Henriques’ Palace, recently recovered, were held including one on the Manufacture of Rattles,  another of the ex-libris of the village of Alcáçovas, classified as World Heritage by UNESCO in 2015.

September 9, 2017

The delegations from several European countries had the opportunity to contact with Portuguese reality (and the Alentejo way of welcoming people).

10th ENPP Meeting  was held last 26th  May in Henriques’ Palace, in the village of Alcáçovas, in the same place where on September 4, 1479, was signed the Peace Treaty  which has the name of this Alentejo village.

After a reception by the Mayor of Viana do Alentejo, Bengalinha Pinto and the Mayor of the Civil Parish of Alcáçovas, Sara Pajote, the delegations present at the 10th  Meeting dedicated special attention to the local development of Places of Peace Route as well as its certification process as Cultural Route of the Council of Europe and it was decided to formalize this application  next  September.

During the meeting the new ENPP Portal was presented and will soon be available online.

The new Network Portal will have pages dedicated to the places that constitute Places of Peace Route with information about the Peace Treaty signed there, main points of visit, local gastronomy, accommodation and a variety of other useful information that can be accessed through an interactive map allowing the user to easily identify their location in Europe.

The holding of a Conference on Tourism and Peace in Leipzig (Germany) meeting in the coming year with the support of the UNWTO and the discussion of the guidelines for future ENPP activity completed a fruitful and successful which had the presence and intervention of MEP Carlos Zorrinho as well as the Regional Director of Culture of  Alentejo Region, Paula Amendoeira.

Also on the 26th, the delegations present had the opportunity to visit Henriques’ Palace  recently recovered by the Municipality of Viana do Alentejo, the “Jardim das Conchas” adjacent to the Palace and the Manufacture of Rattles, classified as a World Heritage  by UNESCO in 2015 .

In the morning of the 27th, the delegations traveled to Évora Monte where attended the official session of the Commemorations of the 183 Years of the Peace Treaty signed in this village, also known as “Convention of Évora Monte”. The program of the day was completed in Viana do Alentejo  visiting the Castle, the Mother Church and the Sanctuary of Nª.  Sra D’Aires and attended one of the shows of the event “Pedreira dos Sons”, promoted by the Municipality of Viana do Alentejo.