Sixteen sites awarded the European Heritage Label

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Sixteen sites have been awarded the European Heritage Label, to be conferred during an award ceremony in April.

The awards, highlighting heritage sites that celebrate and symbolise European integration, ideals, and history, will go to:

They will be conferred by Tibor Navracsics, the European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport at a ceremony in Brussels on 15 April, which will be attended by various European political representatives and independent experts in the field.

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, in view of their roles in European history and the activities they develop to highlight their European dimension.

report was issued in December 2014 by the independent selection panel in charge of assessing the applications on the basis of the established criteria.

The labelled sites will be entitled to display a plaque bearing the logo of the European Heritage Label. They will also 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 attend the annual site managers' conference where they can benefit from networking opportunities and peer learning.