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RAPHAEL pilot projects selected

The European Commission has selected 147 pilot projects to be supported in the preliminary phase of the RAPHAEL action programme in the field of cultural heritage.

The Commission first presented its proposal for a Community action programme in the field of cultural heritage -...
The European Commission has selected 147 pilot projects to be supported in the preliminary phase of the RAPHAEL action programme in the field of cultural heritage.

The Commission first presented its proposal for a Community action programme in the field of cultural heritage - the RAPHAEL programme - on 29 March 1995. The proposed budget for the four-year programme was initially set at ECU 67 million. The Council has since proposed a reduction of this budget to ECU 30 million and a final decision remains to be taken. It is likely that conciliation between the Council and the Parliament will be necessary before the programme can be formally adopted.

Pending a final decision, the Commission launched four calls for proposals for projects in the preparatory phase of the programme on 5 March 1996 (OJ No C 67 of 5.3.1996). In total, 495 proposals were submitted, involving over 2,000 partners from national, regional and local authorities, associations and individuals.

Of the 495 proposals submitted, 147 were selected and will receive total funding of ECU 10 million. The pilot projects to be funded fall into the following five action areas launched in 1996:

- 1. Cooperation projects for the preservation and enhancement of the value of European baroque heritage: 17 projects;
- 2. Cooperation projects for the preservation and enhancement of the value of European archaeological heritage: 22 projects;
- 3. Cooperation projects for the enhancement of the value of, and accessibility to, the cultural heritage of European museums: 10 projects;
- 4. Activities and/or events of a European dimension in favour of the preservation and increased awareness of European cultural heritage: 71 projects;
- 5. Projects in favour of further training and mobility of professionals in the field of European cultural heritage conservation: 27 projects.

Around 25% of the projects selected involve participants from Central and Eastern European countries and other associated countries.
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