On the morning of 23 September 2021, the first inter-institutional working meeting was held at the Monastery of Yuste (Cáceres, Extremadura) as part of the Euro-Ibero-American Cultural Routes and Itineraries Cooperation Programme, promoted by the Organisation of Ibero-American States (OEI) with the cooperation of the Council of Europe's Institute of Cultural Routes, the Yuste Foundation, and in collaboration with other national and international organisations such as the European Institute of Cultural Routes, the Ministry of Culture and Sport, AECID, the EULAC Foundation, the European Union of Ibero-American States (EULAC), the European Institute of Cultural Routes, the Ministry of Culture and Sport, AECID and the EULAC Foundation, and the collaboration of the Emperor Charles V Routes Network together with other national and international organisations such as the European Institute of Cultural Routes, the Ministry of Culture and Sport, AECID, the EULAC Foundation, the Centre for Ibero-American Studies (CEIB), the Icomos Network, the Organisation of Ibero-American States for Education, Science and Culture, and the universities of Barcelona, Extremadura and Zacatecas (Mexico).
The aim of the meeting is to foster cooperation through Euro-Ibero-American Cultural Routes and Itineraries for promotion, training, research and networking. To this end, the creation of an inter-institutional programme on cultural routes and itineraries has been proposed:
- The creation of a chair of Euro-Latin American cultural routes and itineraries.
- Capacity building and technical assistance in the management of cultural routes and itineraries.
- An incubator for cultural routes and itineraries projects.
- Support for the University Network of Studies on Cultural Routes and Itineraries.
- The elaboration of a Manifesto and the creation of an Inter-institutional Alliance (OSD 17).
In the opinion of Miguel Ángel Martín Ramos, president of the Network of Routes of Emperor Charles V, the meeting held this morning at the Monastery of Yuste is a very interesting one, with a high level of participation, "especially for the organisations represented. The cultural routes are projects that are being developed both in Europe and in America, and the aim is to encourage cooperation for mutual learning that will allow us to create synergies and value cultural routes as a vector for development both from an intangible point of view - promoting values, human rights, cultural heritage, its defence and heritage through intercultural dialogue, knowledge of our culture, history and common roots - and in a more pragmatic way when it comes to developing projects that enable economic and social development through local tourism, entrepreneurship and creativity".
At the same time, Miguel Ángel Martín Ramos highlighted the diversity of actors that are initiating this project, entities with consolidated experience in the work of cultural routes that take as a model the itineraries certified by the Council of Europe, including organisations from both the public sector and civil society, which, in his opinion, "will undoubtedly guarantee the success of the projects that are to be developed".
The president of the Network of Routes of Emperor Charles V wanted to highlight the fundamental framework of today's sustainable development objectives under the pillar of education and culture as drivers of research and development. "This initiative was born with this meeting in Yuste, which is also a place of reference in the development of the cultural route linked to the figure of Emperor Charles V, and a bridge between Europe and Latin America if we take into account that during the 16th century Europe was ruled by a traveller emperor who visited more than 200 municipalities throughout the European continent and North Africa, and who, in turn, founded more than 300 cities in Latin America. "The fact that Yuste is in Extremadura strengthens the ties that exist between Europe and Latin America", concluded Miguel Ángel Martín Ramos.
For his part, Quintín Correas Domingo, managing director of the Network of Routes of Emperor Charles V, stressed in his speech that "cultural routes are an example when it comes to strengthening the ties that unite the different territories and cities that make up these routes; for which they are an important vehicle for their economic, cultural and social development. In the Network of Routes of Emperor Charles V we have managed to set up a series of activities related to the life of Emperor Charles V that achieve these goals, as well as projects that involve different actors in society: from schools and secondary schools, to restaurants and hotels, to groups of local theatres that are involved in the development of activities that benefit the towns and cities that host them".