The European Heritage Label was launched as an intergovernmental initiative by several European states in 2007. It aims to "strengthen the support of European citizens for a shared European identity and to foster a sense of belonging to a common cultural space". To date, 60 sites located in 18 European states have obtained the European Heritage Label. Seventeen of these states are Member States of the European Union.
At its meeting on 20 November 2008, the Council of Ministers adopted conclusions inviting the European Commission to submit to it an appropriate proposal to transform the current intergovernmental European Heritage Label into a formal European Union initiative. The aim of "europeanising" the Label in this way is to improve its operational efficiency, enhance its impact and also enable it to take on a new dimension.
In line with its procedures, the European Commission has launched an impact assessment, which includes a public consultation.
The on-line consultation was launched on 20 March 2009 and will be open until 15 May 2009. For further information and to participate in the on-line consultation, please click here
After the on-line consultation a public consultation meeting will take place in Brussels on 10 June 2009. The number of places is limited, so if you would like to participate please contact us by 15 May 2009 via the following email address:
More detailed information on this meeting will be provided soon.
Additionally, a meeting with experts designated by the Member States will take place in Brussels on 24 June 2009.