On 14 January 2018, there has been a book presentation in the House of Peace in Vasvár in which several publications were showed to the public, among them the proceedings of the last international conference on the battle of Saint-Gotthard and the peace treaty of Vasvár organized in 2014 both in Szentgotthárd and Vasvár. This new book gathers studies of many relevant specialists of military history (for ex.: István Czigány, Özgür Kolçak, Jean Bérenger) and diplomatic history (for ex.: Jean-Pierre Bois, Ágnes R. Várkonyi). Some studies of the books are dedicated to the most important historical personalities like Raimondo Montecuccoli, Miklós Zrínyi or Jean de Coligny and others represent the everyday life of soldiers. The texts are published in three languages (Hungarian, French and English) with abstracts. Many illustrations, maps help the readers in the better understanding of these historical events. This nice book issued of the cooperation between the Hungarian Academy of Sciences and the cities of Szentgotthárd and Vasvár is last scientific synthesis on the peace treaty of Vasvár.
The Association for the Promotion of Altranstädt Castle (Germany), as a member of the European Network of Places of Peace, commemorated the Poppy Day and at 11am last November 11 some members of the association met at the memorial of the fallen soldiers of the First World War and put down a container decorated with white carnations and of course red poppies following a tradition maintained for several years.
Poppy Day began to be commemorated in Great Britain in honor of fallen and missing soldiers of the First World War, on each 11th November, but it extended many decades ago to all the countries of North and Central Europe, the countries most plagued by the scourge of the First World War.
Youth Forum Romania, member of ENPP and headed by Ms. Lidia Stoichici, met last week in Bucharest with Ms. Steliana Cojocariu, counselor of the Ministry of Tourism of Romania. The meeting analyzed the current state of development of our Network and Places of Peace Route in that country and in Europe, with special emphasis on the current application of the Route for Cultural Route of the Council of Europe. The commemoration of the 100 Years of the Treaty of Bucharest 1918 and some initiatives that the Route plans to carry out next year – named as European Year of Cultural Heritage by the European Commission – were other subjects discussed at that meeting that deserved the interest of the Romanian Ministry of Tourism .
On November 7, the President of ENPP, Eduardo Basso, met with the Mayor of the village of Alcañices (Spain), Mr. Jesus Más in order to develop the work of ENPP and Places of Peace Route in this spanish village where was signed the famous “Treaty of Alcañices” between the King Denis of Portugal and King Fernando IV of Castile on September 12, 1297. This Peace Treaty ended a cross-border war begun two years earlier and defined the modern border between the two Iberian countries.
The town of Alcañices keeps alive the memory of this Treaty of Peace with annual celebrations on the date of its signature and which had as high point the year of 1997, the year of its 7th Centenary, with the presence in the town of the King of Spain, D Juan Carlos and the President of the Portuguese Republic, Dr. Jorge Sampaio. The built heritage is in a very reasonable state of conservation, namely the place where the Treaty was signed, in which the Tourist Office and the Municipal Library operate. In the same place an auditorium with capacity for 400 people is being built.
The President of ENPP and the Mayor of Alcañices stressed the importance of the village membership in ENPP and established a plan of future actions to be undertaken within the framework of Places of Peace Route.
The Association for the Promotion of Altranstädt Castle in Germany, a founding member of ENPP, had the initiative to plant a “Luther tree” in the gardens of that Castle, with the support of the Markranstädt Municipality to which this castle located 15 Kms far from the city of Leipzig belongs.
The plantation of this tree is deeply related to the content of the Altranstädt Convention signed on August 31, 1707 between King Charles XII of Sweden and Joseph I of the Holy Roman Empire which restored and stabilized Lutheranism in that region after the Counter-Reformation period.
Hubertusburg Castle Friendship Association, a founding member of the ENPP, was awarded the “Political Place” Prize by the district of Nordsachsen (Germany) for its activity to promote local history and its activity in the construction of ENPP.The Association had already been honored in 2013 with the “Citizenship Prize” awarded by the Government of the Free State of Saxony, Germany.
The city of Zadar, Croatia was included in the list of Cultural Heritage of UNESCO at the 41st Assembly of this United Nations organization held in the Polish city of Krakow. The city of Zadar has been a member of the European Network of Places of Peace since 2011 and is a member of its Board of Directors since 2014, so ENPP presents the whole city of Zadar, in particular to the Municipality of Zadar, the most sincere congratulations on this well-deserved certification.
Youth Forum Romania, a non-profit organization based in the city of Bucharest, is the latest ENPP member.
The Youth Forum Romania, founded in 2006 by a group of young Romanians with the aim of promoting their rights as young citizens and regarding to play a more active role in Romanian society. This organization will develop the Places of Peace Route in the city of Bucharest and a delegation will be present at the 10th ENPP Meeting in Portugal.
On November 30, 2016, the Municipality of Viana do Alentejo (Portugal) unanimously approved the proposal to join the European Network of Places of Peace (ENPP), presented by the Mayor, Mr. Bengalinha Pinto.
With the formalization of this accession, the village of Alcáçovas (parish of Viana county), where it was signed on September 4, 1472, the Treaty that ended the War of Succession of Castile and opened doors to the maritime expansion of Portugal and Spain, will Integrate the Places of Peace Route.
On February 6, the President of the ENPP met with the Mayor of Viana do Alentejo, Bengalinha Pinto, and the Mayor of the Parish of Alcáçovas, Sara Pajote, to plan the future activities to be held in Alcáçovas , with particular emphasis on the Commemoration of the Signature of the Treaty of Alcáçovas, next September.
The municipality of Viana do Alentejo obtained recently an important funding for the valorization of Paço dos Henriques (Henriques’s Palace) in the village of Alcáçovas. The contract signed on 9 February under the Heritage Valuation Program (Alentejo 2020) worth € 450,000 and will allow to install in that Palace a Museum on its history and heritage as well as on other important valences of the village of Alcáçovas as is the case of “Manufacture of Rattles”, classified as an World Intangible Heritage by UNESCO since 2015.
The City of Zadar, Croatia celebrated again its Treaty of Peace of 1358, on 17 February, under the aegis of the ENPP.
Like in previous years, the Commemorations were centered on the St. Francis Monastery, where this Treaty was signed, in a joint organization of the Municipality of Zadar, Basic School “Islands of Zadar” and the Monasteries of St. Francis and St. Mary, of Zadar.
After the entry of the “Peace Flag” and the greetings of the organizers, people had the opportunity to attend a musical and traditional dances performance by students of the city schools and the release of balloons with messages of peace. A visit to the sacristy where the Peace Treaty was signed and the Museum of the Monastery of St. Francis completed the Commemoration Program of the Signing of a Treaty 659 years ago.