In brief

With ambition to make it Eastern Europe's first project certified as a cultural route of the Council of Europe, The Gediminids' Way was initiated in December 2012 by a number of Ukrainian cities, museums and cultural reserves historically associated with the cultural heritage of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania, Rus and Samogitia and the Gediminids’ House.

In May 2013, having held a few meetings to discuss the project's shape and the endeavor's mission, vision and objectives, the spearhead group founded a formal entity, Association of Local Governments "The Gediminids’ Way," to implement the project. The President and the Board of the Association were elected. Originally the Association included six cities, later joined by a few more cities and one oblast .

The Association decided to establish an international Board of Trustees for the project and invited a number of prominent public figures to serve on it. Eight Belarusian, Lithuanian, Polish, and Ukrainian politicians and diplomats have accepted the invitation.

As of late February 2014, the Association has signed Memorandums of Cooperation with three Lithuanian municipalities, two districts and a city in Belarus, a city in Poland, a city in the Czech Republic, and two Oblast State Administrations in Ukraine. Negotiations with other prospective partners are underway.