How to apply for the European Heritage Label

Which sites and countries are eligible?

Candidate sites for the European Heritage Label must have a symbolic European value and must have played a significant role in the history and culture of Europe and/or the building of the Union.

For the purpose of the Decision establishing the European Heritage Label action, ‘sites’ means monuments, natural, underwater, archaeological, industrial or urban sites, cultural landscapes, places of remembrance, cultural goods and objects and intangible heritage associated with a place, including contemporary heritage.

The European Heritage Label is open to sites in the 25 Member States that participate in the action: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia Slovenia and Spain.

The European Heritage Label is awarded to three types of sites:

  • Single site: application of one site
  • National thematic site: several sites, located in the same Member State, focus on one specific theme and submit a joint application
  • Transnational site: several sites, located in different Member States, focus on one specific theme and submit a joint application, or one site located on the territory of at least two Member States submits an application.

When a transnational site is selected, the label is awarded to the transnational site as a whole and under the common name. If a transnational site meets all the criteria, priority is given to that site during the selection.

How does the selection work?


Each Member State may pre-select up to two sites every two years. The pre-selection is based on the criteria as set out in Article 7 of the Decision establishing the action and on the application form (see section “How can sites apply” below).

At all stages, candidates are assessed on the basis of their European significance as well as their project and work plan submitted for the European Heritage Label.


Each participating Member State establishes its own procedures and its own calendar for the pre-selection in accordance with the principle of subsidiarity. Applicants should send their application forms to the Commission by 1 March of the year of the selection procedure, according to the calendar of the Decision.

Selection of the sites at Union level is carried out by a European panel of independent experts under the responsibility of the Commission. This panel selects a maximum of one site per Member State.

The panel issues a report on the pre-selected sites including a recommendation for the attribution of the label.

The Commission then designates the sites to be awarded the label, having due regard to the recommendation of the European panel.

Candidate sites which are not selected may submit new applications for pre-selection at national level in the following years.

How can sites apply?

Guidelines for candidate sites explain how to submit a proposal and all conditions for participation.

Download the guidelines [pdf]

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Candidate sites are invited to:

  1. Contact the European Heritage Label National coordinator (see “National coordinators”, below) for information on national-level pre-selection
  2. Complete the application form (see tables below) and submit it to their National coordinator

Please note that the authoritative source of information is the English version of the application form. If there is any conflict between the translated versions and the English, the latter takes precedence.

Thematic site application form 2021
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  • For additional information or general questions about the application process, please contact the national coordinator in your Member State.
  • For very specific questions, you may also contact the European Commission at

For how long is the label valid?

The European Heritage Label is awarded on a permanent basis. Each site awarded the label is monitored on a regular basis in order to ensure that it continues to meet the criteria for the attribution of the Label and that it respects the project and work plan submitted with the application.  

Sites may at any time renounce the label and, in such cases, they shall notify the Member States concerned which shall in turn inform the Commission. More information on monitoring, withdrawal, or renunciation is available in the Decision establishing the action.

What about previous selections?

The European panel reports on previous selections since the entry into force of the Decision are available here:

National Coordinators

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  • germany
  • greece
  • hungary
  • italy
  • latvia
  • lithuania
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  • malta
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National coordinator and contact point

Kathrin Kneissel

Head of Unit VI/6: EU Culture Policy

Federal Chancellery

Concordiaplatz 2,
1010 Vienna

+43 1 53 115 3690 call


National coordinators and contact points

Ms Katrien Thienpont

Attaché Cultuur

Permanente Vertegenwoordiging van België bij de Europese Unie

Wetstraat 61-63
1040 Brussel

+32 2 553 69 94

Melanie Wirtz

Referentin für Kultur und immaterielles Kulturerbe

Ministerium der Deutschsprachigen Gemeinschaft

Gospertstraße 1
B-4700 Eupen

+32 (0)87 789 655

Ms Pauline François

Attachée, Délégation de la Wallonie et de la Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles

Représentation permanente de la Belgique auprès de l'UE

Rue de la Loi, 61-63
1040 Bruxelles

+32 2 233 21 87


National coordinator and contact point

Mr. Peter Miladinov - Ms. Zhivka Haskiya

Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Bulgaria

17, Al. Stamboliiski blvd.
1040 Sofia

+359 2 940 0995 / +359 2 940 0895

+359 2 980 7401


National coordinator

Ms Anuška Deranja Crnokić

Ministry of Culture
Runjaninova 2
10000 Zagreb

+ 385 1 4866 523

Contact point

Ms Morana Bigać

Directorate for International Cultural Relations, European Affairs and Public Communication

+385 1 48 66 312


National coordinator

Marina Solomidou-Ieronymidou

1 Museum Street
P.O.Box: 22024
1516 Nicosia

+357 2 286 58 04

+357 2 230 31 48

Contact point

Mrs Chrysanthi Kounnou

Archaeological Officer

1 Museum Street
P.O.Box: 22024
1516 Nicosia

+357 2 286 58 43

+357 2 230 31 48


Tomáš Řepa

Head of the Cultural Heritage Section

National Heritage Institute

Valdštejnské náměstí 162/3
118 01
Praha 1-Malá Strana

+420 257 010 140


National coordinator and contact point

Bolette Lehn Petersen

Chief Senior Adviser - Archicture, Planning and World Heritage

Slots- og Kulturstyrelsen
Agency for Culture and Palaces
Fejøgade 1, 2. sal
DK-4800 Nykøbing F.

T +45 33 95 42 00
M +45 33 74 52 44


National coordinator and contact point

Mrs Liina Jänes

Nõunik, Kultuuriväärtuste osakond


+372 6282 381


Finland National Coordinator

Ms Leena Marsio
Finnish Heritage Agency

PB 913 Helsinki (Finland)

FIN -00100

+358 29533  6017


National coordinator

Mr Bruno Favel

Chef du Département des affaires européennes et internationales, Direction générale des patrimoines

Ministère de la culture et de la communication

6, rue des Pyramides
75001 Paris

Contact point

Isabelle Hurdubae

+33 1 40 15 33 06


National coordinator and contact point

Abteilungsleiterin Dr. Heike Otto

Abteilung Kultur

Ministerium für Bildung und Kultur Saarland

Trierer Straße 33,
66111 Saarbrücken

+49-681-501 7463

Contact points

Sekretariat der Kultusministerkonferenz

Referat IV B

Taubenstraße 10,
10117 Berlin

+49 30 25418 428

Referat III D/Kunst und Kultur

Graurheindorfer Straße 157,
53117 Bonn

+49-228-501 670


National coordinator and contact points

Dr. Ersi Brouskari

Archaeologist, Head of Department of Greek and Foreign Scientific Institutions, Organizations and International Affairs

Directorate of Byzantine and Post Byzantine Antiquities

Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Tourism

Dr Dorina Moullou

Archaeologist, Department of Greek and Foreign Scientific Institutions, Organisations and International Affairs

Directorate of Prehistoric and Classical Antiquities

Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Tourism


National coordinator


Head of Unit
Prime Minister’s Office
Department for Cultural Heritage and Development, Unit for International and World Heritage Affairs

Táncsics Mihály utca 1
H-1014 Budapest


Contact point


Policy officer for World Heritage and International Affairs, Deputy State Secretariat for Public Affairs, Heritage and High Priority Cultural Investment Projects, Unit for World Heritage Affairs

Prime Minister’s Office

Táncsics Mihály utca 1
1014 Budapest



National coordinator

Dr. Elisabetta Scungio

Ministero per i beni e le attività culturali

Via del Collegio Romano 27
00186 Roma - Italy

+39 06 6723 2718


National coordinator and contact point

Alma Kaurāte

Adviser, Division for Cultural Heritage Policy

State Inspection for Heritage Protection

Mazā Pils iela 19
LV-1050 Rīga

+371 67 32 6602



National coordinator and contact point

Lukas Straševičius

Chief Officer of Cultural Memory and Heritage Policy Department

Cultural Policy Department

Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Lithuania

J. Basanavicius str. 5,
LT-01118 Vilnius




National coordinator and contact point

Mr Patrick Dondelinger

Ministère de la Culture
Centre national de l’audiovisuel

1b, rue du Centenaire
L-3475 Dudelange

+352 52 24 24 722

+352 52 06 55


Culture and Media Sub-programmes

Kenneth Gambin

Chief Operations Officer, Heritage Malta

Heritage Malta - Head Office. Ex Royal Naval Hospital, Triq Marina
KKR1524 Kalkara

+ 00356 2295 4319


National coordinator

Mr Ben de Vries

Ministry of Education, Culture and Science, Cultural Heritage Agency of the Netherlands

Smallepad 5 | 3811 MG | Amersfoort | kamernummer 3.48

Postbus 1600 | P.O. Box 1600
3800BP Amersfoort

+31 33 4217475

+31 334217799

Contact point

Christa Eringa

Department for Heritage and Arts

Ministry of Education, Culture and Science

IPC 3200

Postbus // PO Box 16375,
NL - 2500 BJ Den Haag


National coordinator

Mr. Marek Góźdź, Head of Unit

European Funds and Affairs Department

+48 (22) 42-10-359

Contact point

Ms. Joanna Sękala, Chief specialist

European Funds and Affairs Department

+48 (22) 42-10-515

Ministry of Culture and National Heritage

15/17 Krakowskie Przedmie?cie St.,
00-571 Warsaw


National coordinator and contact point

Dra. Maria de Lurdes Camacho

Head of International Affairs Department, Cultural Strategy, Planning and Assessment Bureau

Secretary of State for Culture

Rua D. Francisco Manuel de Melo, n° 15
1070-085 Lisboa

+351 21/384 84 40

+351 21/384 84 39


National coordinator and contact point

Ms Alexandra Tintareanu

National Institute of Heritage

Strada Ienăchiță Văcărescu 16
sector 4
București 040157

+40 336 60 73


National coordinator

Ms Katarina Kosova

Director General

Monuments Board of the Slovak Republic

Cesta na Cervený most 6

81406 Bratislava, Slovakia

+421 2 20464101

Contact point

Ms Anna Tuhárska

Monuments Board of the Slovak Republic

Cesta na ?ervený most 6
814 06 Bratislava

+421 2 464 342

+421 2 547 758 44


National coordinator and contact point

Mr Gojko Zupan

Directorate for Cultural Heritage, Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Slovenia

Maistrova 10,
1000 Ljubljana, Slovenia

+386 1 400 7956


National coordinator and contact point

Mrs. Pilar Barraca de Ramos

Counsellor, Subdirección General de Protección de Patrimonio Histórico

Ministerio de Educación, Cultura y Deporte

Plaza del Rey nº 1
Plaza del Rey 1,
28004 Madrid - Spain

+34 91 7017438

+34 917017381

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