The Scientific Council of the Places of Peace Route met on 15 September at the Altranstädt Castle in Leipzig, Germany, at the invitation of the Association for the Promotion of this  Saxony Castle, a founding member of ENPP.

The members of the Scientific Council discussed the ways to increase the visibility of Places of Peace Route to the European academic community, including by involving teachers and students in the research and development of its basic theme – the European Peace Treaties – as well as the current process of Certification of Places of Peace Route as Cultural Route of the Council of Europe.

The Scientific Council approved a Final Declaration highlighting the reasons that, in its opinion, justify this certification. The Places of Peace Route Scientific Council includes academics from Portugal, Germany, Slovakia, Hungary, Croatia, Bulgaria and Romania.

Portuguese MEP Carlos Zorrinho was present at the 10th ENPP meeting and dedicated his weekly chronicle entitled “Places of Peace” in the Portuguese newspaper “Diário do Sul” . In his chronicle MEP Carlos Zorrinho states that “when addressing the participants I stressed at the meeting my conviction that besides speeches and appeals for institutional relations to peace and to keep devices deterrents of acts of conventional or new generation war, is increasingly important today to embed all policies of the values that lead to the mobilization of individuals to be the first guarantors of peaceful coexistence and safety between peoples and communities” and concludes that “in the magnificent “Paço dos Henriques”, opportunely recovered by the action of Bengalinha Pinto and his team, the network led by Eduardo Basso provided that a meeting of places peace is projected from what it was for what it will have to be. It is a movement that should inspire all of us. The world needs us to continue to be, within a perimeter as large as possible, a decent place to live.”

Also the Director of the same newspaper refers to our meeting in its daily editorial “Nota do Dia” published today. Two important references that make us very proud and give us strength to continue the path started in 2009.