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The European Heritage Label is open to sites in any of the European Union Member States which confirmed their participation in the initiative, namely:
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There European Heritage Label may be awarded to three types of site:
Sites can include:
More information on the eligibility of sites is available in the guidelines for candidate sites .
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:
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 sites .
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.
Sites wishing to apply should do so by following these steps:
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 guidelines for candidate sites .
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 candidate sites .