Doc. 9177

11 July 2001

Disused hospitals and military buildings

Recommendation 1485 (2000)

Reply from the Committee of Ministers

adopted at the 759th meeting of the Ministers’ Deputies (4 July 2001)

The Committee of Ministers has considered Recommendation 1485 (2000) on “Disused hospitals and military buildings” of the Parliamentary Assembly and decided to bring it to the attention of their Governments, as well as of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of Europe (CLRAE), together with the opinion of its specialised Committee on Cultural Heritage, the CC-PAT, appended to this reply.

The Committee of Ministers would like to note that this Recommendation is relevant to all historic buildings in public ownership and conforms to the general line pursued by the Council of Europe in the field of integrated conservation of the built heritage, contained in the Council of Europe reference texts Compendium (the Council of Europe and Cultural Heritage 1954-2000).

It is also noteworthy that several Council of Europe member states are already applying such good practice as mentioned in the Recommendation. Experiences and case studies in this field could be provided with the help of the European Heritage Network correspondents (www.european-heritage.net).

Any further action and the launching of a European exchange of information programme would be extremely helpful for local authorities and professionals. The Committee of Ministers invites its member states to consider the setting up of such schemes.

Appendix to the reply

Opinion of the Cultural Heritage Committee (CC-PAT) on Recommendation 1485 (2000) on “Disused hospitals and military buildings” of the Parliamentary Assembly

(adopted by the Bureau of the CC-PAT on 9 May 2001)

The CC-PAT

-       congratulates the Parliamentary Assembly on drafting and adopting this text, which was a most useful contribution to the Campaign “Europe: A Common Heritage”;

-       notes that it raises matters important to all member states, and illustrates aspects of the issues of standard-setting, identification, conservation, management and promotion common to the cultural heritage as a whole;

-       wishes to develop co-operation with the Parliamentary Assembly in the field of cultural heritage, especially in the field of standard setting and, if possible, at the early stage in preparation of reference texts;

-       proposes that the European Heritage Network (HEREIN) be utilised as a means of disseminating case studies and exchanging good practice in these fields;

-       recommends that it be drawn to the attention of the CLRAE, given its emphasis on the importance of the role of local and regional, as well as national, authorities;

-       supports the Recommendations of the Parliamentary Assembly subject to the following specific observations:

The CC-PAT:

-       endorses this timely Recommendation on good practice, which is relevant to all historic buildings in public ownership and which conforms to its general advice concerning the integrated conservation of the built heritage, contained in its reference texts;

-       emphasizes a number of additional points concerning paragraph 9 of the Recommendation:

-       believes that such good practice is already being applied in a number of member states;

-       agrees that further encouragement would be desirable, specifically endorsing the proposal for an international conference, and asks member states to consider sponsoring and organising such an event.