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Council of Saint James (Consejo Jacobeo)

The Consejo Jacobeo (Council of Saint James) is the entity responsible for cooperation between the central government of Spain and the governments of the Spanish autonomous regions on the Camino de Santiago (Basque Country, Catalonia, Galicia, Principality of Asturias, Cantabria, La Rioja, Aragon, Navarre and Castile-León). The government of Spain is represented by the departments with competences in culture, education, international cooperation, tourism, interregional cooperation, economy and finance, development and the environment.

The necessary cooperation between the different governments with competences over the Camino de Santiago to guarantee its protection and preservation is handled by this entity which considers the Camino as a continuously evolving asset in which historical heritage, cultural landscape and natural heritage converge.

In its most recent restructuring, under Royal Decree 1431/2009 of 11 September , the Consejo Jacobeo was organised into a central committee, executive committee and a cooperation committee to manage the World Heritage site. The cooperation committee was created in order to strengthen the functions of the Consejo Jacobeo as an entity for cooperation in relation to the management of the Camino de Santiago inscribed on the list of World Heritage Sites.

Moreover, preparations for the commemoration of Jacobean Years under a cultural perspective are made within the framework of the Consejo Jacobeo, and actions for the general promotion and dissemination of the Camino de Santiago are proposed. In this regard, special mention should be made of the recognition given to the Consejo Jacobeo’s work of promoting and improving the Camino de Santiago in relation to scenery, culture and tourism by the Guild of European Business Travel Agents, for which it received the 2010 GEBTA Award. Salto de línea


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