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Minutes from the consultations concerning serial application for the inscription of the most precious paper mills on the UNESCO list

17.12.2021

On November 29th and 30th, consultations were held between the representatives of the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage of the Republic of Poland and the representatives of the Ministry of Culture of the Czech Republic as well as the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Federal Republic of Germany. Discussions were devoted to the concept of inscribing the most precious European paper mills on the UNESCO list. Participants of the meeting were as follows:

  1. representatives of the Republic of Poland:

– Katarzyna  Zalasińska, Ph.D. with habilitation degree – Director of the Department of Monument Protection of the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage

– Jakub Wiśniewski – Adviser at the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage

– Professor Bogusław Szmygin – President of ICOMOS Poland

– Alicja Jagielska-Burduk, Ph.D. – Secretary General of Polish UNESCO Committee

– Maciej Szymczyk, Ph.D. with habilitation degree – Director of the Museum of Papermaking in Duszniki-Zdrój

– Joanna Seredyńska – Deputy Director of the Museum of Papermaking in Duszniki-Zdrój

  1. representatives of the Czech Republic:

– Vlastislav Ouroda, BEng, PhD. – Deputy Minister of Culture

  1. representatives of the Federal Republic of Germany:

– Birgitta Ringbeck, Ph.D. – World Heritage Coordinator at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs

The atmosphere during the meetings was very friendly. The following conclusions have been made during the talks:

  1. The concept of submitting the suggestion for inscribing the most precious paper mills in Europe on the UNESCO list received very favourable opinions.
  2. The representatives of Poland expressed the suggestion for assuming the role of the party coordinating the preparation of serial nomination as well as submitting it to UNESCO World Heritage Committee.
  3. The Czech representative expressed his interest in the participation of the paper mill in Velké Losiny (Czech Republic) in the project. He declared the support of government authorities and the National Heritage Institute for the activities necessary for preparing documentation referring to the paper mill in Velké Losiny. Due to the changes in the leadership of the Ministry of Culture of the Czech Republic after the elections, final confirmation of the position of the Czech ministry is to be provided within several weeks.
  4. The representative of Germany expressed her interest in the participation of the paper mill in Germany (Homburg) in the project. At the same time she informed about the involvement of Bavarian conservation authorities in the subject matter of the project and the intention of the representatives of federal Ministry of Foreign Affairs in performing the task from the formal perspective.
  5. The Ministry of Culture and National Heritage of the Republic of Poland shall send to partners in the Czech Republic and Germany official statements including:

– information about the project

– ICOMOS report as of 2007 concerning the nomination of the paper mill in Velké Losiny including the recommendation for preparing the new nomination including a bigger number of sites connected with the history of paper (page 136 point 7 of the report).

– suggested schedule of activities,

– templates of documents to be prepared for the paper mills in Velké Losiny and Homburg.  

  1. The Ministry of Culture and National Heritage of the Republic of Poland shall submit to partners in the Czech Republic and Germany the document authorizing the Polish ministry to undertake the activities aimed at preparing and submitting international serial nomination.