How to apply

What sites can apply?

The European Heritage Label is open to sites in any of the European Union Member States which confirmed their participation in the initiative, namely:

Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Croatia, Denmark, Germany, Estonia, Greece, Spain, France, Italy, Cyprus, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Hungary, Malta, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovenia and Slovakia

There European Heritage Label may be awarded to three types of site:

  • Single sites – covering individual applications within a single EU country
  • National thematic sites – multiple sites in one EU country with a clear thematic link
  • Transnational thematic sites – multiple sites in several EU countries with a clear thematic link OR a single site located on the territory of at least two EU countries

Sites can include:

  • Monuments
  • natural, underwater, archaeological, industrial or urban sites
  • cultural landscapes
  • places of remembrance
  • cultural goods and objects and the intangible heritage associated with a place

More information on the eligibility of sites is available in the guidelines for candidate sites (see How can sites apply?).

How does it work?

Sites in participating countries are pre-selected at a national level every two years, with a maximum of two 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 who issues a report including recommendations on which sites should be awarded the label (since 2015, max one site per country country). Lastly, on the basis of the panel's recommendations, the Commission formally designates the sites which will be awarded the label.

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 European Heritage Label, as well as the guidelines for candidate sites (see How can sites apply?).

How can sites apply?

Sites wishing to apply should do so by following these steps:

What are the criteria?

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(see How can sites apply?.

How long does it last?

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. (See 2016 monitoring report) Label holders may also choose to give up the Label at any time by notifying their relevant national authority (see bottom of this page). More information on the monitoring, withdrawal, or renunciation of the label is available in the guidelines for candidate sites (see How can sites apply?).

What about previous selections?

The three rounds of selection have been held, in 2013, 2014 and 2015. Check the panel reports of 20132014 and 2015.

Contacts

 
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    AUSTRIA

    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

    eu-kultur@bka.gv.at

    BELGIUM

    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

    katrien.thienpont@cjsm.vlaanderen.be

    Melanie Wirtz

    Referentin für Kultur und immaterielles Kulturerbe

    Ministerium der Deutschsprachigen Gemeinschaft

    Gospertstraße 1
    B-4700 Eupen

    +32 (0)87 789 655

    melanie.wirtz@dgov.be

    http://www.dglive.be/

    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

    pauline.francois@diplobel.fed.be

    BULGARIA

    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

    ehl@mc.government.bg

    CROATIA

    National coordinator

    Ms Martina Ivanuš

    Directorate for the Protection of Cultural Heritage

    +385 1 48 66 636

    anjamamic@min-kulture.hr

    Contact point

    Ms Morana Bigač

    Directorate for International Cultural Relations, European Affairs and Public Communication

    +385 1 48 66 312

    morana.bigac@min-kulture.hr

    CYPRUS

    National coordinator

    Marina Solomidou-Ieronymidou

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

    +357 2 286 58 04

    +357 2 230 31 48

    antiquitiesdept@da.mcw.gov.cy

    mieronymidou@da.mcw.gov.cy

    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

    antiquitiesdept@da.mcw.gov.cy

    ckounnou@da.mcw.gov.cy

    chrysanthikounnou@yahoo.gr

    CZECH REPUBLIC

    Ms Pavla Hlušičková

    Head of the Cultural Heritage Section

    National Heritage Institute

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

    +420 257 010 140

    +420 257 085 530

    hlusickova.pavla@npu.cz

    DENMARK

    National coordinator and contact point

    Mr Michael Lauenborg

    Head of Division, Centre for Cultural Heritage and Architecture

    Danish Agency for Culture

    H.C. Andersens Boulevard 2
    1553
    København V

    +45 33 74 51 89

    miclau@kulturstyrelsen.dk

    ESTONIA

    National coordinator and contact point

    Mrs Liina Jänes

    Nõunik, Kultuuriväärtuste osakond

    Kultuuriministeerium

    +372 6282 381

    liina.janes@kul.ee

    FRANCE

    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

    Ms France Quémarec

    +33 1 40 15 33 06

    france.quemarec@culture.gouv.fr

    GERMANY

    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

    h.otto@kultur.saarland.de

    kultur@kultur.saarland.de

    Contact points

    Sekretariat der Kultusministerkonferenz

    Referat IV B

    Taubenstraße 10,
    10117 Berlin

    +49 30 25418 428

    europa@kmk.org

    Referat III D/Kunst und Kultur

    Graurheindorfer Straße 157,
    53117 Bonn

    +49-228-501 670

    kultur@kmk.org

    GREECE

    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

    b2.dbmm@culture.gr

    ebrouskari@culture.gr

    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

    txs.dpkar@culture.gr

    tmoullou@culture.gr

    HUNGARY

    National coordinator

    Ms Katalin Csillag

    Unit for International Affairs, Deputy State Secretariat Responsible for Cultural Heritage

    Prime Minister’s Office

    Vörösmarty tér 1.

    1357 Budapest, Pf. 6
    H-1051 Budapest

    +36-1-795-4506

    katalin.csillag@me.gov.hu

    IRELAND

    Ireland will not participate in EHL in the first round of selection in 2013, but will review its position on participation for the 2015 process

    National coordinator

    Mr Michael Starrett

    CEO, The Heritage Council

    Áras na hOidhreachta,
    Church Lane
    Kilkenny

    +353 56 7 77 07 77

    mstarrett@heritagecouncil.ie

    eddie.arthurs@dfa.ie

    ITALY

    National coordinator

    Dott.ssa Leila Nista

    Ministero dei Beni e delle Attività Culturali e del Turismo

    Via Milano 76, 00184,
    Roma - Italy

    +39 / 0648291222

    E-Mail: europeanlabel@beniculturali.it

    E-Mail: www.marchiopatrimonioeuropeo.beniculturali.it/

    Contact point

    Mrs. Rita Sassu

    Ministero dei Beni e delle Attività Culturali e del Turismo

    Via Milano 76, 00184,
    Roma - Italy

    +39 06 48291339

    europeanlabel@beniculturali.it

    E-Mail: www.marchiopatrimonioeuropeo.beniculturali.it/

    LATVIA

    National coordinator and contact point

    Agnese Rupenheite

    Foreign Affairs Officer, Division for Cultural Heritage Policy

    State Inspection for Heritage Protection

    Mazā Pils iela 19,
    LV-1050 Rīga

    +371 72 29 272

    agnese.rupenheite@mantojums.lv

    LITHUANIA

    National coordinator and contact point

    Mrs. Kristina KRIKŠTAPONIENĖ

    Chief specialist of Protected Areas and Cultural Heritage Division

    Cultural Policy Department

    Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Lithuania

    J. Basanavicius str. 5,
    LT-01118 Vilnius

    + 370 5 219 3461

    Kristina.Krikstaponiene@lrkm.lt

    LUXEMBOURG

    National coordinator and contact point

    Mr Alex Langini

    Ministère de la Culture

    4, boulevard F.D. Roosevelt
    L-2912 Luxembourg

    alex.langini@mc.etat.lu

    MALTA

    Culture and Media Sub-programmes

    Martin Spiteri

    Collections Manager, Heritage Malta

    Ex Royal Naval Hospital, Triq Marina
    KKR1524 Kalkara

    +356 22954321

    martin.d.spiteri@gov.mt

    THE NETHERLANDS

    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

    b.de.vries@cultureelerfgoed.nl

    Contact point

    Hanna Pennock

    Department for Heritage and Arts

    Ministry of Education, Culture and Science

    IPC 3200

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

    h.pennock@cultureelerfgoed

    POLAND

    National coordinator

    Mr. Marek Góźdź, Head of Unit

    European Funds and Affairs Department

    mgozdz@mkidn.gov.pl

    +48 (22) 42-10-359

    Contact point

    Ms. Joanna Sękala, Chief specialist

    European Funds and Affairs Department

    jsekala@mkidn.gov.pl

    +48 (22) 42-10-515

    Ministry of Culture and National Heritage

    15/17 Krakowskie Przedmieście St.,
    00-571 Warsaw

    dfe@mkidn.gov.pl

    www.mkidn.gov.pl/

    PORTUGAL

    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

    lurdes.camacho@gepac.gov.pt

    ROMANIA

    National coordinator and contact point

    Ms Alexandra Tintareanu

    National Institute of Heritage

    Str. Ienăchiță Văcărescu nr. 16
    sector 4
    Bucureşti cod 040157

    +40 336 60 73

    Alexandra.tintareanu@patrimoniu.gov.ro

    secretariat@patrimoniu.gov.ro

    SLOVAKIA

    National coordinator

    Ms Katarina Kosova

    Director General

    Monuments Board of the Slovak Republic

    Cesta na Červený most 6
    814 06 Bratislava

    +421 2 20464101

    katarina.kosova@pamiatky.gov.sk

    Contact point

    Ms Anna Tuhárska

    Monuments Board of the Slovak Republic

    Cesta na Červený most 6
    814 06 Bratislava

    +421 2 464 342

    +421 2 547 758 44

    anna.tuharska@pamiatky.gov.sk

    SLOVENIA

    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

    gojko.zupan@gov.si

    SPAIN

    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

    pilar.barraca@mcu.es

    SWEDEN

    Sweden will not participate in EHL in the first round of selection in 2013, but will review its position on participation for the 2015 process

    National coordinator

    Mr Almir Cehajic

    Swedish National Heritage Board

    Box 5405
    SE-114 84 Stockholm

    +46 (0)8 5191 8000

    almir.cehajic@raa.se


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