Crafts and cultural heritage conservation skills
- Parliamentary Assembly
adopted by the Standing Committee, acting on behalf of
the Assembly, on 28 November 2008 (see Doc. 11761, report of the Committee on Culture, Science and Education,
rapporteur: Baroness Hooper). See also Recommendation 1851 (2008).
1 The Parliamentary Assembly recognises
the rich variety of traditional crafts as part of the cultural heritage
and an important vehicle for the expression of cultural diversity.
It recalls Committee of Ministers Recommendation N°. R (81)
13 on action in aid of declining craft trades in the context of
craft activity, its own Resolutions 782 (1982)
on craftsmanship and 798 (1983)
on 1983, “European
Year of the small and medium-sized enterprises and craft trades”,
and its Recommendation 1851 (2008)
on crafts and cultural heritage conservation skills.
3 It welcomes the initiative of students from the Belgrade University
Faculty of Law in drafting a European convention on the protection
of old and traditional crafts.
4 The Assembly recalls the role of the ancient guilds in ensuring
the social and economic well-being of its members and their families.
It welcomes the continuing work of trade associations and unions
to this effect and more specifically of such contemporary institutions
as the Confartigianato Association of Vicenza (Italy) in support
of crafts and craftsmen.
5 It calls on individual craft trades, trade federations and
associations and national training groups to identify themselves,
to establish European networks, to develop public support and to
exploit the educational, economic and tourist potential of their
6 In conclusion, the Assembly calls on the European Union for
support from its regional development funds and other sources, such
as the Culture Programme, for traditional crafts and in particular
for those necessary for heritage conservation.