The Pont du Gard site – with its historic monuments, its 165 hectares of protected land, its numerous attractions – has been managed since 2003 by an Etablissement Public de Coopération Culturelle (Public Association of Cultural Cooperation) as an industrial and commercial project.
Legislation permitting the creation of an EPCC was introduced on September 11th, 2002. This new form of management allows for the formation of a partnership by bringing together the various stakeholders engaged in managing an economically important project for a region, such as the Pont du Gard.
One of the first EPCC associations in France
The Pont du Gard EPCC is one of the first to be inaugurated in France. It is also one of the biggest in terms of its governing body. It confers upon the Pont du Gard site an economic and social status equivalent to the Louvre ("Établissement public du Grand Louvre") and Versailles ("Établissement public du musée et du domaine national de Versailles").
Its governing body comprises 25 members, bringing together representatives from the General Council of the Gard, the Regional Council of the Languedoc-Roussillon, the government, and mayors of the communities on which the site is found (Castillon du Gard, Remoulins and Vers Pont du Gard). Experts and staff representatives are also included.