Thanks to the Council of Europe’s initiative in declaring 1975 European Architectural Year, considerable ef orts were made in
every European country to make the public more aware of the irreplaceable cultural, social and economic values represented by
historic monuments, groups of old buildings and interesting sites in both town and country.
It was important to co-ordinate all these ef orts at the European level, to work out a joint approach to the subject and, above all, to
forge a common language to state the general principles on which concerted action by the authorities responsible and the general
public must be based.