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What sites can apply?

The European Heritage Label is open to sites in any of the European Union Member States which confirmed their participation in the initiative, namely:

AustriaGermanyNetherlands
BelgiumGreecePoland
BulgariaHungaryPortugal
CyprusItalyRomania
Czech RepublicLatviaSlovak Republic
DenmarkLithuaniaSlovenia
EstoniaLuxembourgSpain
FranceMalta

There European Heritage Label may be awarded to three types of site:

  • Single sites – covering individual applications within a single EU country.
  • National thematic sites – multiple sites in one EU country with a clear thematic link.
  • Transnational thematic sites – multiple sites in several EU countries with a clear thematic link OR a single site located on the territory of at least two EU countries

Sites can include:

  • Monuments;
  • natural, underwater, archaeological, industrial or urban sites;
  • cultural landscapes;
  • places of remembrance; and
  • cultural goods and objects and the intangible heritage associated with a place.

More information on the eligibility of sites is available in the guidelines for candidate sitespdf(174 kB) Choose translations of the previous link  .

How does it work?

Sites in participating countries are pre-selected at a national level, with a maximum of two (four prior to 2014) sites pre-selected. The applications are then forwarded to the European Commission by 1 March of the selection year, where they are assessed by a panel of independent experts. These independent experts are:

  • Individuals with substantial experience and expertise in relevant fields,
  • designated by the European Parliament, Council, and Commission, (four members each) as well as the Committee of the Regions (one member),
  • appointed for three years.

The panel assess the sites on the basis of the established criteria, namely their European dimension, as well as the activities and work plan that form part of the application form. More information on the criteria is outlined in the decision establishing the EHL as well as the guidelines for candidate sitespdf(174 kB) Choose translations of the previous link  .

The panel then issues a report including recommendations on which sites should be awarded the label (four per country in 2013-2014, one per country thereafter).

Lastly, on the basis of the panel's recommendations, the Commission formally designates the sites which will be awarded the label.

How can sites apply?

Sites wishing to apply should do so by following these steps:

What are the criteria?

At all stages, candidates are assessed on the basis of their European significance as well as their project or activities to highlight this European dimension, and the work plan for managing the site. More information on the criteria can be found in article seven of the decision, as well as the guide for candidate sitespdf(174 kB) Choose translations of the previous link  .

How long does it last?

The EHL may be kept permanently provided that certain conditions are respected. Sites are monitored every 4 years to ensure that they continue to meet the criteria and respect their project and work plans.

Label holders may also choose to give up the Label at any time by notifying their relevant national authority.

More information on the monitoring, withdrawal, or renunciation of the label is available in the guidelines for candidatespdf(174 kB) Choose translations of the previous link  .