CONVENTION ON PROTECTION OF CULTURAL HERITAGE
Minister of Culture Arifhikmet Xhemaili and French Ambassador to Macedonia, Bernard Valero signed Monday a Convention for valorization and popularization of Macedonian cultural-historic heritage, in the framework of the Macedonian-French cooperation program established eight years ago.
Several projects have been realized within the program thus far, such as signal systems in Skopje and Bitola, multimedia exhibition on Macedonia's capital, study tours in France, seminars for revitalization of traditional crafts, and inventory for buildings in Old Skopje Bazaar.
The new agreement enables continuation and renewal of partnership relations. It envisages participation of the Committee for Revitalization of the Old Skopje Bazaar and restoration of one Bazaar house, publication and an exhibition, overhaul of Skopje's signal system, exchange of experts, network of historic cities in Republic of Macedonia.
"It is an honor and satisfaction to confirm the cooperation between Macedonia and France in the field of cultural heritage protection. We have confirmed the continuity since 1999 in the bilateral cooperation between the ministries and the countries in general", stressed Culture Minister Xhemaili.
Ambassador Valero said this is a new stage in the applied cooperation, which began almost a decade ago.
"Throughout the years, we have carried out a number of activities focusing on the invaluable cultural-historic richness of your country. France possesses long-standing experience in preservation, valorization and restoration of cultural heritage, which we continue to share with you", said ambassador Valero.
He underlined that Macedonia's cultural heritage is a true treasury, which needs to be protected for two reasons - because is it necessary for the collective memory of a country, and because it is in the function of the country's economic development and tourism.
MD: Indeed it is a true treasure, and needs to protected!