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 countrya
  • 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 section '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 section '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 section '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 section 'How can sites apply?').

What about previous selections?

Four rounds of selection have been held, in 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2017. Check the panel reports of 201320142015 and 2017

Select a country
  • austria
  • belgium
  • bosnia and herzegovina
  • bulgaria
  • croatia
  • cyprus
  • czech republic
  • denmark
  • estonia
  • finland
  • france
  • the former yugoslav republic of macedonia
  • georgia
  • germany
  • greece
  • hungary
  • iceland
  • ireland
  • italy
  • kosovo
  • latvia
  • lithuania
  • luxembourg
  • malta
  • moldova
  • montenegro
  • the netherlands
  • norway
  • poland
  • portugal
  • romania
  • republic of serbia
  • slovakia
  • slovenia
  • spain
  • sweden
  • tunisia
  • turkey
  • united kingdom
  • ukraine
Please select a country

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 Biga?

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

Tomáš ?epa

Head of the Cultural Heritage Section

National Heritage Institute

Valdštejnské nám?stí 3
118 01
Praha 1-Malá Strana

+420 257 010 140

repa.tomas@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 Fanni Buczolich

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

 

Vörösmarty tér 1
H-1051 Budapest

+36-1-896-4483

fanni.buczolich@me.gov.hu

IRELAND

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

Alma Kaur?te

Adviser, Division for Cultural Heritage Policy

State Inspection for Heritage Protection

Maz? Pils iela 19,
LV-1050 R?ga

+371 67 32 6602

alma.kaurate@mantojums.lv

Website: www.mantojums.lv

LITHUANIA

National coordinator and contact point

Živil? Ply?iuraityt? Ply?i?t?

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

zivile.plyciute@lrkm.lt

LUXEMBOURG

National coordinator and contact point

Mr Patrick Dondelinger

Ministère de la Culture
Service des sites et monuments nationaux

26, rue Münster
L-2160 Luxembourg

patrick.dondelinger@ssmn.etat.lu

www.ssmn.public.lu
www.gouvernement.lu
www.luxembourg.lu

MALTA

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

kenneth.j.gambin@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 Gó?d?, Head of Unit

European Funds and Affairs Department

mgozdz@mkidn.gov.pl

+48 (22) 42-10-359

Contact point

Ms. Joanna S?kala, 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 Przedmie?cie 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. Ien?chi?? V?c?rescu nr. 16
sector 4
Bucure?ti 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 ?ervený 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 ?ervený 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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