The International Confederation – How to adhere

By noticing how important and strong the ancient Etruscan, Phoenician, Greek and Roman civilizations were in the Mediterranean areas thanks to the great cultural and historical heritage, in 2011 the Phoenicians’ Route decided to promote the establishment of an International Confederation: national or supranational organizations representing networks of territorial public entities, private subjects, Chambers of Commerce, other entities that gather territorial bodies working to enhance the cultural and natural heritage of the Mediterranean and ancient civilizations, to the sites built by them, or having historical-cultural relations with the Phoenician-Punic civilization and with other Mediterranean civilizations can adhere to it.

The subscription to the Phoenicians’ Route Confederation implicate, in particular, the following fundamental obligations:

– to promote the values of democracy and cooperation among the populations as a foundation for a peaceful and civil coexistence;

– to guarantee an active participation in the activities (scientific, educational, international dialogue, cultural tourism) of the Phoenicians’ Route Confederation and the payment of the annual sum established by the General Assembly of the Cultural Route;

– to guarantee the respect of the criteria of each Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe (Resolution CM/Res (2013)67 of the Council of Europe, Rules for the award of the “Cultural Route of the Council of Europe”) listed below:

  • Co-operation in terms of research and development
  • Enhancement of memory, history and heritage of Europe and Mediterranean
  • Cultural and educational exchanges for young Europeans
  • Contemporary cultural and artistic practice
  • Cultural tourism and sustainable cultural development

Eligibility Criteria
Those who can adhere to the Cultural Route “The Phoenicians’ Route” are: public territorial subjects, private citizens, chamber of commerce and other entities that bring together territorial bodies that works for the valorization of cultural, tangible and intangible, natural heritage of the Mediterranean and linked to the Ancient Civilizations of the Mediterranean with their sites, or having historical-cultural relationships with these Mediterranean civilizations, with the Mediterranean Intercultural Dialogue and of sustainable and responsible tourism.

Scientific institutions, research bodies, universities can contribute to the activities of the Phoenicians’ Route, too. With them the Route will arrange individual protocols for scientific and technical cooperation, always prior approval of the Scientific Committee. To do so, the “IUN” Network – “International University Network to support the Phoenicians’ Route” was set up. As for museums and cultural sites, public or private, operating in the above-mentioned fields, they can join the Network of Mediterranean Museums “ME.MU.NET”. To the Network of Mediterranean Schools “EDU.NET” can adhere schools of all levels of the Mediterranean area that are interested in developing good practices of heritage pedagogy linked to the ancient civilization of the Mediterranean.

How to adhere
The interested bodies should:

– inspect the “Application Dossier
– send the Application for membership (Annex A)
– complete and submit the Application form (Annex B)
– complete and submit the Annex C in which the candidate undertakes to carry out activities related to the priority fields of action of the Council of Europe, also indicating the criteria for each field of action:

This application will be verified by the International Scientific Committee that will express its opinion within 30 days from the transmission of the documents, specifying also witch Confederation Network (territorial network/thematic network) should be in charge of the candidate body.

The Directorate will transmit this decision to the concerned candidates and to the network that it will join, highlighting also the possible membership fee to be paid to accomplish it.

Following the payment of this potential fee, the adhesion to the Route will be ratified by the Steering Committee at the first scheduled meeting. Pending this ratification, it will take place temporarily by electronic mail in care of the Route Director.

Only upon completion of this process of adhesion, the Director will provide to the communication of the new adherent on the Route channels, to its subscription on the referring platforms and to its inclusion in the mailing lists to be informed on the activities and on the executive proposals of the networks.

The Phoenicians’ Route International Confederation


  • Phoenicians’ Route Association, Italy (Network of cities, public and private organizations in Italy)
  • “La Ruta de los Fenicios” Association, Spain (Network of cities, public and private organizations in Spain)
  • Musées Méditerranéens Association, France (promoter of the Phoenicians’ Route in France)
  • Chamber of Commerce (Xanthi), Greece (promoter of the Phoenicians’ Route in Greece)
  • OITS – International Social Tourism Organization, Belgium (Headquarter)
  • Foundation Louis Cardahi – LAU Beirut-Byblos, Lebanon (leader of a series of public and private organizations cooperating as Phoenicians’ Route Lebanon in collaboration with the national Ministry of Tourism)
  • Independent Tourist Guides Association of Tunisia, Tunisia (leader of a series of public and private organizations cooperating as Route des Phéniciens – Maghreb in Tunisie)
  • Multicultur Association, Croatia (promoter of a croatian network on the Phoenicians’ Route – Fenikanska Ruta, public and private organizations)
  • Inizjamed – Non-Governmental Cultural Organization, Malta
  • OTIE – Tourism Observatory of European Islands, Italy (Headquarter)
  • Feisct – European Federation Historical Cultural and Tourist Itineraries, Italy (Headquarter)
  • Mosaic Jericho Center, Governatorate of Jericho (promoter of the Phoenicians’ Route Network in cooperation with the Governatorate of Jericho)
  • Pafos Regional Board of Tourism, Cyprus (promoter of the Phoenicians’ Route in Cyprus)

STATUTE of the CONFEDERATION: it is possible to receive a copy of the Statute upon request to