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Structured around a database of European heritage policies, a network of 46 national coordinators and a multilingual thesaurus on heritage, HEREIN serves to monitor current trends and challenges for the benefit if the various competent institutions.

HEREIN also facilitates cooperation between public administrations through the exchanges, development and dissemination of good practices.

Finally, HEREIN helps the Council of Europe to fulfil its role in the follow-up of Conventions and cooperation in the field of heritage, responding to the wishes expressed by Member States at the several Conferences of Ministers responsible for Cultural Heritage. It can in particular serve to study the implementation of the following four Council of Europe Cultural Heritage Conventions: