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Italy has ratified the Faro Convention

Italy has ratified the Council of Europe Framework Convention on the Value of Cultural Heritage for Society (Faro Convention). The Italian Chamber of Deputies voted on the convention with 237 votes in favour, 199 votes against and 57 abstentions.

The Italian Minister of Cultural Heritage and Activities, Dario Farnceschini, said that the ratification is “a fundamental moment for our legal system that finally recognises cultural heritage as a crucial factor for sustainable growth, human development and quality of life”.

The Faro Convention emphasises the important aspects of heritage as they relate to human rights and democracy. It promotes a wider understanding of heritage and its relationship to communities and society. The Faro Convention encourages us to recognise that objects and places are not, in themselves, what is important about cultural heritage. They are important because of the meanings and uses that people attach to them and the values they represent.

The Faro Convention was adopted by the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe on 13 October 2005. It opened for signature to member States in Faro (Portugal) on 27 October of the same year. It entered into force on 1 June 2011. To date, 20 member States of the Council of Europe have ratified the Faro Convention:

  • Armenia
  • Austria
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Croatia
  • Finland
  • Georgia
  • Hungary
  • Italy
  • Latvia
  • Luxembourg
  • Moldova
  • Macedonia
  • Montenegro
  • Norway
  • Portugal
  • Serbia
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Switzerland
  • Ukraine

For more information about the Faro Convention, visit the Council of Europe website (in English). Read the text of the Faro Convention here (in English).

Source: Il Sole 24 Ore (in Italian).

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