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GENIUS LOCI

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The industrial heritage of SMEs an asset for tourist and regional development

Over the past few months, E-FAITH, the European Federation of Associations of Industrial and Technical Heritage, was able to take part in the European project 'Genius Loci'. This was co-financed by the European Commission through the COSME program. It aimed to promote the safeguarding, interpretation and presentation to a larger public and tourists of the industrial and technical heritage of SMEs, Small and Medium Size Enterprises. It had partners in Italy, Hungary, Spain, Malta, Belgium,...

SMEs always played a fundamental role in the economic development of the European regions, and contributed greatly to social and technical environment. They still do. Many of them were - and still are - pioneers in their sector. Or they produce unique products for a niche market.

When we think and talk about ‘industrial heritage’, however we neglect and forget their role too often. Industrial heritage should not, and certainly not in the first place, have to do with large-scale industries such as coal mines or steelworks, but has to pay attention to the countless and so representative small businesses, active in cities and in the countryside. They determined the lives, habits and behavior of millions of men and women across Europe

On 21 September, the final session of this project will be organized at the European Committee of the Regions in Brussels. We would like to invite you, or a representative, to this meeting with the subject:
The industrial heritage of SMEs : an asset for tourist and regional development.

The results of the project for all partner countries will be presented, including the special industrial heritage label with QR-code ‘Industriana’. One will also discuss the follow-up of ‘Genius Loci’. The Industriana label will be rolled out during the European Year of Cultural Heritage. Through the European Federation of Associations of Industrial and Technical Heritage a special effort will be launched to promote cross-border cooperation and networking.

The program of this colloquium and recent details can be found at http://www.industriana.eu/?q=concluding-conference-Genius-Loci
Participation is free.
Due to the strict safety rules, participants must register not later than the end of August

For information see also
europeangeniusloci.eu and industriana.eu

The industrial heritage of SMEs :

an asset for tourist and regional development

Date: 21 September 2017
Place: Brussels, Committee of the Regions, Room VM3, 2, rue Van Maerlantstraat
(opposite the main CoR building on rue Belliard straat)

Programme
Morning - start at 10.00 am

Noon

Afternoon
Presentation of the three topics:

Closing: drink offered (see noon), networking

Participation is free
But, because of security regulations everyone has to register as soon as possible and before the end of August, using the registration form clik to download here
Fill in the form, save the file with your name, and send it to info@apiform.it