European Confederation of Conservator-Restorers' Organisations

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European Confederation of Conservator-Restorers' Organisations (ECCO)
TypeNon-Governmental Organisation
FocusConservation-restoration of cultural heritage
Headquarters70 Rue Coudenberg, BE-1000 Brussels, Belgium[1]
Area served
6,000 (individuals);
25 (organisations)
Key people
Susan Corr (President)

The European Confederation of Conservator-Restorers' Organisations (ECCO or E.C.C.O.) is a European non-governmental professional organisation aimed at safeguarding cultural heritage through the use of conservation-restoration techniques.[1][2]

Organisation and objectives[edit]

E.C.C.O. was established in 1991 by 14 European conservator-restorers' organisations. As of 2018 it represents close to 6,000 professionals within 22 European countries and 25 members organisations,[3] including one international body (International Association of Book and Papers Conservators – IADA[4]). E.C.C.O. represents the field of preservation of cultural heritage, both movable and immovable, with the mission:[citation needed]

  • to organize, develop and promote, on a practical, scientific and cultural level, the profession of the Conservator-Restorer
  • to set standards and regulate practice at European level and enhance communication between and mobility of professionals
  • to strengthen the role and responsibilities of the Conservator-Restorer in relation to others in safeguarding cultural heritage.


E.C.C.O. was founded on 14 October 1991 as European federation of restorers’ associations, with the aim of working together to develop a common European project for professional recognition of the conservator-restorers’ profession.[5] New associations have joined as the European Union has expanded. E.C.C.O. has established principles and encouraged regulation to control access to the profession of the Conservator-Restorer, by working on professional standards and publishing guidelines for education and practice.[citation needed]

Projects[6] in which E.C.C.O. has participated include APEL (1998–2001),[7] CON.B.E.FOR (1999–2001),[8] and FULCO (1998), resulting in the Document of Vienna.[9] E.C.C.O. was also involved in the production of the Document of Pavia (1997),[10] the Namur Declaration (2015),[11] and the Declaration of Berlin (2016).[12][13] E.C.C.O. has produced various professional guidelines:

  • I The Profession (2002)[14]
  • II Code of Ethics (2003)[15]
  • III Education and Training (2004)[16]
  • Competences for Access to the Conservation-Restoration Profession (2011)[17][18][19]

Since the end of 2014, E.C.C.O. has followed a new strategic plan[20][21] and its proposed implementation.[22] Since April 2015, E.C.C.O. has been granted observer status to the plenary sessions of the Council of Europe Steering Committee on Landscape, Heritage and Culture (CDCPP).[23] Several projects are running concerning the legal situation of Cultural Heritage and Conservator-Restorers throughout Europe, working towards mutual recognition of the members of E.C.C.O.’s member organizations in Europe. The international network in the field of cultural heritage and conservation-restoration is being extended and intensified working with ICCROM, ENCoRE, ICOMOS, Europa Nostra, IIC, ICOM-CC,[24] and other organisations. As a member, E.C.C.O. is also involved in the activities of the network in the European Heritage Alliance 3.3.[25] Since 2017, E.C.C.O. has participated in the European Commission project Voices of Culture – Skills, Training and Knowledge Transfer: Traditional and Emerging Heritage – Structured Dialogue.[citation needed] In November 2016, the E.C.C.O. 20th Anniversary Barcelona book was published.[26]

Presidents of E.C.C.O.[edit]

The following have been presidents of E.C.C.O.:[citation needed]

  • Mogens Koch (1991–1992)
  • Ulrich Schiessl (1993–1994)
  • Pierre Masson (1995–1997)
  • Stéfan Pennec (1998–2000)
  • Gerlinde Tauschnig (2001–2002)
  • Ylva Player Dahnsjö (2003–2004)
  • Michael van Gompen (2005)
  • Monica Martelli Castaldi (2006–2012)
  • Susan Corr (2013 – present)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "European Confederation of Conservator-restorers' Organisations (ECCO)". Retrieved 21 January 2018.
  2. ^ "The European Confederation of Conservator-Restorers' Organisations (E.C.C.O.)". European Economic and Social Committee (EESC). Retrieved 21 January 2018.
  3. ^ "Members". ECCO.
  4. ^ "IADA: International Association of Book and Papers Conservators". Retrieved 21 January 2018.
  5. ^ "History". ECCO.
  6. ^ "Activities". ECCO.
  7. ^ Martelli Castaldi, Monica; Aguilella Cueco, David; Hutchings, Jeremy; E.C.C.O. "A European Recommendation for the Conservation-Restoration of cultural heritage". CeROArt: Conservation, Exposition, Restauration D'Objets D'Art.
  8. ^ "Comparative research CON.BE.FOR Conservator¬Restorers of Cultural Heritage in Europe: education centers and institutes" (PDF). ECCO.
  9. ^ "Document of Vienna".
  10. ^ "Document of Pavia" (PDF). ECCO. 1997.
  11. ^ "Namur Declaration" (PDF) (in French). ECCO. 2015.
  12. ^ "Declaration of Berlin" (PDF). ECCO. 2016.
  13. ^ Šubic Prislan, Jana (2016). "Društvo restavratorjev Slovenije – aktiven član Evropske konfederacije konservatorsko-restavratorskih organizacij E.C.C.O. (European Confederation of Conservator-Restorers' Organisations)". ARGO – Journal of the Slovene Museums. Ljubljana. 59 (2): 110–113. ISSN 0570-8869.
  14. ^ "The Profession" (PDF). E.C.C.O. Professional Guidelines (I). ECCO. 2002.
  15. ^ "Code of Ethics" (PDF). E.C.C.O. Professional Guidelines (II). ECCO. 2003.
  16. ^ "Education" (PDF). E.C.C.O. Professional Guidelines (III). ECCO. 2004.
  17. ^ "Competences for Access to the Conservation-Restoration Profession" (PDF). ECCO. 2011.
  18. ^ Hutchings, Jeremy; Corr, Susan (April 2012). "A framework for access to the conservation–restoration profession via the mapping of its specialist competencies". Higher Education. 63 (4): 439–454. doi:10.1007/s10734-011-9450-y.
  19. ^ Hutchings, Jeremy. "Educating the Conservator-Restorer: Evaluating education delivery in terms of the new E.C.C.O. Competence Framework for access to the Profession – The Oslo University case study".
  20. ^ "Strategic Goals" (PDF). ECCO. January 2015.
  21. ^ Galán Pérez, Ana (2017). "La Conservación-Restauración en el marco profesional Europeo: La Reunión de Nájera para el desarrollo Español del Plan Estratégico de E.C.C.O.-Confederación Europea de Organizaciones de Conservadores-Restauradores". Ge-conservación. 1 (12). GE-International Institute For Conservation.
  22. ^ "Strategic Implementation" (PDF). ECCO. January 2015.
  23. ^ "Steering Committee for Culture, Heritage and Landscape (CDCPP)". Council of Europe. Retrieved 21 January 2018.
  24. ^ "ICOM-CC – Conservation Committee for Conservation". International Council of Museums. Retrieved 21 January 2018.
  25. ^ "European Heritage Alliance 3.3". European Union. Retrieved 21 January 2018.
  26. ^ "E.C.C.O. 20th Anniversary Barcelona 2011" (PDF). Brussels: E.C.C.O. 2016. ISBN 978-92-990072-7-3. Retrieved 21 January 2018.

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