The report is the third in a series by the same rapporteur
relating to the public-private interface of cultural heritage conservation
(see earlier Doc. 9913 on tax incentives and Doc. 10731 on private management).
A distinction is drawn between traditional crafts, which are
the subject of a resolution calling for non-governmental support
and the development of networks, and the skills both ancient and
new that are relevant to conservation and to which the recommendation
The report recalls the past involvement of the Parliamentary
Assembly in the training of craftsmen from the setting up in 1977
of a European centre in Venice and in 1987 of a European Foundation
for Heritage Skills. The Committee of Ministers is asked to revive
Council of Europe involvement in this sector, for example by recognising
the new centre in Thiene. Further concerted action is needed on
the European level between government, private and voluntary sectors
in developing the skills and expertise necessary for heritage conservation,
including maintenance and operation.