The COME-IN! conference held in Trieste on 30 May focusing on accessibility for all in cultural policies gathered representatives of the Ministries of culture of the CEI Member States, as well as delegates for museums, external officials, associations and other international experts on the subject of accessibility.

The activity was part of the EU project COME-IN!, funded under the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), aimed at improving the capacity of cultural and museum operators to attract all visitors by promoting cultural heritage and making sites more accessible to people with disabilities.

In his welcome speech, CEI Secretary General Roberto Antonione highlighted that intercultural cooperation was one of the main CEI goals and that respect for cultural diversity and inter-cultural dialogue, as well as for equal opportunities, were essential elements of conflict prevention and sustainable human, social and economic development. “We aim at promoting, in all our member countries that culture is a fundamental right for everybody and we have to break down the barriers to its full enjoyment”.

The CEI Executive Secretariat in its capacity as the lead Partner, together with the other project partners, presented the general contents of COME-IN! as well as the results obtained: the "Guidelines for accessibility in museums", the "Guide for Museum Operators", and the COME-IN! Label.

The representatives of the Ministries of culture of the CEI Member States brought their own national experiences concerning the inclusion and accessibility of cultural policies (best practices, investments, regulations).

For more info: marconato@cei.int

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