About Council of Europe

The Council of Europe is the continent’s leading human rights organisation.
It includes 47 member states, 28 of which are members of the European Union. All Council of Europe member states have signed up to the European Convention on Human Rights, a treaty designed to protect human rights, democracy and the rule of law.

What we did for them

In 2013 John Baguley, having worked with sites of cultural heritage in Ukraine, was invited to join the CoE’s Ljubljana II Expert Panel which advises government departments concerned with the preservation, conservation and sustainability of sites of cultural heritage in South-East Europe.

The Ljubljana Process II particularly mobilises and assists cross-sector institutions and social stakeholders in elaborating monuments and sites rehabilitation projects closely connected with their social and economic environments in order to secure funding and investments.

This required the set-up of sustainable funding mechanisms, thereby creating synergies between national and international public and private investments.

It also required the development of business plans for each of the sites in question starting with a series of flagship projects as exemplars.

In 2013 and 2014 John travelled to and worked with the Ministries of Culture and in many cases stakeholders from regional and local specialised institutions, municipalities, civil society and NGOs in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Montenegro, Serbia, “the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia” and UNMIK/Kosovo.