The discussions during the Forum benefited from the atmosphere of openness and mutual respect that had been created during a series of preparatory meetings which took place at the Château de Canisy ( Normandy ) by invitation of Denis de Kergorlay, Europa Nostra Vice-President, who also heads the Europa Nostra Kosovo Task Force.
These encounters enabled 38 professionals from Kosovo/UNMIK, Serbia and neighbouring countries to meet for the first time in an informal setting and discuss issues of common concern.
All participants recognised the important achievements realised by international organisations such as the Council of Europe
, the European Commission
, to help build bridges between the local stakeholders.
present initiative was seen as a valuable civil society contribution to all these efforts.
"The meetings in Canisy and in Paris have clearly demonstrated that promoting inter-cultural dialogue in South-East Europe constitutes an immediate challenge for Europe, both for its Institutions and for its civil society.
Collectively, we indeed have an important task: to continue to help the local communities to overcome the "logic of confrontation" and to embark upon a "positive spiral" of mutual understanding and confidence building, for the benefit of the safeguard of the cultural heritage and more generally for the benefit of the lasting stability and future prosperity of the entire region", stressed Denis de Kergorlay, Europa Nostra's Vice-President, in his concluding remarks at the Forum.