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Foro proposes the presentation of the candidacy of cider to Unesco

Foro’s Parliamentary Group presented a proposal for the Government of Asturies to prepare and present the candidacy of the Asturian cider culture  to Intangible Heritage of UNESCO in 2019.

It is the only official action in this regard carried out in the “Principality” since 2014.

THE SIDRA.- The president of Foro Pedro Leal announced during his visit to the festival of the cider of Nava the presentation of a Proposition No of Law so that the Government of Asturies definitively presents the candidacy of the Asturian culture of cider as Heritage Intangible of Humanity by UNESCO in the year 2019.

It is necessary to consider that said candidacy was announced by the “Principality” in 2010, and that the last official action of the Asturian Government in this respect was in 2014, even though the declarations to the media are  repeatedly advertised.

Pedro Leal considers that “obtaining this declaration would be valuable for the promotion and protection of heritage related to the culture of cider” and reasons that “the Asturian culture of cider covers much more than the ritual of natural cider pouring, since the It is a relevant and intimate piece associated with our Autonomous Community. At the same time, being more than a drink, it forms a hallmark of our rich gastronomy due to its tradition and popularity, and is a powerful element of tourism promotion that is in full swing. ”

For the president of FORO, “cider is part of our way of life, of relating, of festivities and constitutes a hallmark of Asturias, becoming over the years a dynamic instrument of the economy, culture and of the quality mark of Asturias “.

Text of the Non-Law Proposal of FORO:

EXPLANATORY MEMORANDUM

In February of next year 2019, the deadline for submitting candidatures to the corresponding department of the Ministry of Culture of the Government of Spain will be opened, to include elements in the Lists of Intangible Cultural Heritage of UNESCO, in accordance with the Convention on Safeguarding the same. 2003, which is the first step that any country must take to include an element in the mentioned Lists of Intangible Cultural Heritage.

The Asturian culture of cider covers much more than the ritual of natural cider pouring, since it constitutes a relevant and intimate piece associated with our Autonomous Community. In turn, being more than a drink, it forms a signal of identity of our rich cuisine for its tradition and popularity, is a powerful element of tourism promotion that is in full swing and from the Asturian institutions can not miss this claim as a source of wealth. In addition, cider is not only a basic element of the catering sector in most cities and towns of Asturias, which makes it highly valued and it is indisputable that its fame has crossed borders, a fact that must be capitalized.

Furthermore, the culture of cider is closely linked to the Asturian tradition, is a fundamental piece of our land, traditions and social way of life, becoming over the years a dynamic instrument of the economy, culture and of the quality mark of Asturias.

Therefore, and with this background, it is necessary to recognize the culture of cider its gastronomic, cultural, historical and social value and promoting measures that extend its responsible consumption, its recognition and promotion, and for it to process the candidacy of culture Asturian cider as Intangible Heritage of Humanity by Unesco, before the Ministry of Culture, which requires the administration of the Principality of Asturias, to carry out an inventory of the main landmarks of Asturian cider culture, and list the manifestations that develop it, looking for the greatest possible involvement of all the institutions, entities and of the Asturian community as a whole so that this candidacy is implied and supported.

AGREEMENT

To urge the Government of the Principality of Asturias to prepare and present, in due time and form, in 2019, before the Ministry of Culture, the candidacy of the Asturian culture of cider to Intangible Heritage of Humanity by the UNESCO.

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Anzu Fernándi
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Anzu Fernández is the International Delegate of LA SIDRA and the Asturies XXI Foundation, apart of coordinator of the translations. He is the ambassador of the Asturian cider at the main international cider fairs, and manager of the international delegations of the International Hall of Gala Ciders (IHGC).

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