On 28 November an ENPP delegation will visit the European Parliament (EP) in Brussels for a presentation of Places of Peace Route during the meeting of the EP Intergroup “European tourism development, cultural heritage, Ways of St. James and other European Cultural Routes” at the invitation of Spanish MEP Francisco MILLÁN MON, co-chair of that Intergroup, and with the support of the Portuguese MEP Cláudia MONTEIRO DE AGUIAR, member of the same Intergroup.

The Intergroup “European tourism development, cultural heritage, Ways of St. James and other European Cultural Routes” consists of 132 MEPs from all Member States and all political groups in the European Parliament.

This presentation was already being prepared some time ago, with the support of those two MEPs. Its implementation for this date was possible during a meeting held at the 7th Forum of Cultural Routes between MEP Millán Mon and the ENPP delegation present at the Forum held in the city of Lucca in Italy at the end of last September, shortly after the public presentation of Places of Peace Route. It is recalled that during this Forum was submitted the Places of Peace Route application for Cultural Route of the Council of Europe.

ENPP and its members spread throughout Europe have been paying increasing attention to the educational work of young Europeans. The last example comes from Germany where  the Hubertusburg Castle Friendship Association, a member of  ENPP, has established a collaboration protocol with the schools of the town of Wermsdorf where the Castle is located, which witnessed the signing of the Treaty of Peace that ended to the Seven Years’ War. Through this protocol, the students of 7/8 years realize guided tours and execute written works and  photography which are exposed later in the foyer of the Castle.

All the students participated” said Professor Gundolf Schmidt, the project’s head, in an interview with a local newspaper.

Places of Peace Route has submitted its application for  Cultural Route of the Council of Europe during the 7th  Advisor Forum on Cultural Routes held from 27 to 29 September in the city of Lucca, Italy. In its application form, which received the commitment of all its members, the Route states that “its theme – PEACE – is one of the most genuine European values ​​brought to this day through the experience and the memory of the places  of Europe where Peace was a fact, the places where Peace Treaties were signed”. The Route also emphasizes its contribution to strengthening mutual knowledge and exchange of experiences among the European peoples, its action in scientific historical research on the Treaties of Peace in Europe, the dissemination of a culture of peace in an educational perspective together with the younger generation as well as the decisive contribution it has made to the recovery and enhancement of the European Material Heritage.

The Places of Peace Route’s application includes 10 places from  8 countries (Germany, Bulgaria, Croatia, Slovakia, Spain, Hungary, Portugal and Romania) far exceeding the minimum required by the Council of Europe in this area.

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.