18 Member States were entitled to participate in this selection process, on a voluntary basis: Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Germany, Greece, Spain, France, Italy, Cyprus, Latvia, Lithuania, Hungary, Malta, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovenia and Slovakia.

A total of 36 sites were submitted to the European Commission for pre-selection, in view of their roles in European history and the activities they develop to highlight their European dimension. After a series of tough debates, the independent selection panel in charge of assessing the applications on the basis of the established criteria has issued its report (LIEN) in which it recommended the 16 sites below for the Label.

The Commission will take its formal decision by mid-February 2015.

The labelled sites will be entitled to display a plaque bearing the logo of the European Heritage Label, and will 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 European Heritage Label award ceremony for the 2014 sites will take place on 16 April 2015 in Brussels, at the Solvay Library. The European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Citizenship, Tibor Navracsics, together with European political representatives and independent experts in the field, should attend the ceremony.

The sixteen sites recommended for the European Heritage Label:

More information are available in the panel's report (LIEN).