In 2001, the Commission launched a call for proposals concerning the organisation and award of an annual European prize in the area of the conservation and exploitation of cultural heritage. The Federation Europa Nostra ("awards" page) was selected following this call.
The aims of the European Union Prize for Cultural Heritage / Europa Nostra Awards scheme are to promote high standards of conservation practice, to stimulate the exchange of knowledge and experience throughout Europe and to encourage further efforts through the power of example. It will achieve this by giving public recognition to outstanding initiatives and best practices by either individuals or organisations, which contribute to the protection and enhancement of cultural heritage in Europe.
Commissioner Figel' will award prizes to a selection of European projects in the field of cultural heritage during a ceremony in Stockholm, Sweden on the 8th of June 2007.
The European Union Prize for Cultural Heritage is the European Commission's way of recognising all those men and women who are doing excellent work in the sphere of conserving our heritage for future generations. This year 158 candidates and nominations contended for the prize. The jury selected 5 for projects a first prize (partners in Turkey, Italy, Germany, Belgium, France and Romania). Besides these awards 16 medals and 13 diploma's will be awarded to people and projects safeguarding our cultural heritage.
On 27 June 2006 , the 2005 Prizes were awarded in Madrid to the following five winners, during a ceremony presided by the Queen of Spain:
- the Omeriye Ottoman Baths in Nicosia – Cyprus (Conservation of Architectural Heritage),
- the Edward Chambré Hardman Photographic Collection in Liverpool – United Kingdom (Conservation of Works of Art),
- Dr Anna Sulimowska-Ociepka and the Technical University of Silesia for her PhD thesis on the Old Workers’ Estates in Upper Silesia ( Poland ) (Outstanding Studies),
- the Maisons Paysannes de France (Dedicated Service to Heritage Conservation)
- Via de la Plata in Extremadura – Spain (Conservation of Cultural Landscapes).
2005 Prizes: Press release
2004 Prizes: Press release
2003 Prizes: Press release
2002 Prizes: Press release