4 sites are awarded the European Heritage Label.
The European Commission awarded the European Heritage Label to the 4 following sites, as the result of the first selection process implemented in 2013 for the first time.
The award highlights heritage sites that celebrate and symbolise European integration, ideals and history.
5 Member States were entitled to participate in the first selection year (2013): Austria, Denmark, Estonia, Luxembourg and the Netherlands. They pre-selected a total of 9 sites for their role in the European history and the activities they develop to highlight their European dimension. and proposed them to the European Commission by 1 March 2013. After tough debates, the independent selection panel in charge of assessing the applications against the criteria laid down by the Decision establishing the Label (Decision 1192/2011/EU) recommended the 4 sites above. On this basis, the Commission awarded the European Heritage Label to them.
The awarded sites will be entitled to display a plaque bearing the logo of the European Heritage Label. They will also be integrated into the EU's communication and promotion strategy for the European Heritage Label, thus enjoying greater visibility for their sites. Finally, winners will be invited to attend the annual site managers' conference where they can benefit from networking opportunities and peer learning.
The first European Heritage Label award ceremony will take place on 8 April, 2014 in Brussels, at the Solvay Library. European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Multilingualism, Androulla Vassiliou, together with European outstanding political representatives and independent experts in the field will be on hand at the ceremony.
The panel elaborated its conclusions in details in its report.Final version of the panel's report [168 KB] . (09/12/2013)
The Commission will award the Label on this basis in the beginning of 2014. An award ceremony will take place on 8 April in Brussels.