The Voice of Cultural Heritage in Europe / La Voix du patrimoine culturel en Europe
ENEWSLETTER May 2011
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AMSTERDAM CONGRESS: REGISTER NOW
Europa Nostra’s 2011 Annual Congress, dubbed ‘European Heritage Congress’ is taking place next month in the World Heritage City of Amsterdam. The highlight of the congress will be the European Heritage Awards Ceremony where the laureates will be presented their awards by European Commissioner responsible for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth, Androulla Vassiliou, and Europa Nostra President Plácido Domingo. The congress will also include a chance to hear more details of these 2011 winning heritage achievements and about other heritage organisations and networks, to view heritage-related films and documentaries and to listen to the public lecture of 2010 Grand Prix Laureate Sir David Chipperfield, architect of the renewed Neues Museum in Berlin. The theme of volunteering,and its added value for Europe’s cultural heritage coinciding with the 2011 European Year of Volunteering, will be further explored during our Forum on this subject. Read more
WINNERS OF 2011 EU PRIZE FOR CULTURAL HERITAGE / EUROPA NOSTRA AWARDS ANNOUNCED
The 27 winners of the 2011 European Union Prize for Cultural Heritage / Europa Nostra Awards were announced to the media and also to our members and contacts in April by the European Commission and Europa Nostra (see the winners). Chosen from among the winning projects, the names of the 6 Grand Prix laureates will be revealed during the European Heritage Awards Ceremony as the most outstanding heritage achievements of 2011. Read more Français
EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW WITH EU COMMISSIONER ANDROULLA VASSILIOU
European Commissioner Androulla Vassiliou gave an exclusive interview for the Europa Nostra magazine Heritage in Motion in the splendid setting of the Villa Empain in Brussels, one of the winners from this year’s EU Prize for Cultural Heritage / Europa Nostra Awards in the category of Conservation. You can watch excerpts from the interview online or read it in the magazine that will be presented during the European Heritage Congress in Amsterdam. Read more
MEMBER’S CHOICE AWARD
This year, members of Europa Nostra will be able to choose their favourite laureate from the 27 winners selected by the juries of the EU Prize for Cultural Heritage / Europa Nostra awards. A special Member’s Choice Award will then be given during the European Heritage Awards Ceremony. You can locate the projects on the map of Europe on the dedicated page on our website, read their Jury citations and project descriptions, watch the videoclips and see the photos. Participation is open to all members of Europa Nostra. Deadline for voting: 1 June. Vote now
EUROPA NOSTRA WROTE TO ROMANIAN PRIME MINISTER IN SUPPORT OF ROSIA MONTANA HERITAGE
In a letter addressed to Prime Minister of Romania Emil Boc, Europa Nostra urged the Romanian Government to ensure the highest level of protection of the unique cultural and natural heritage of the Rosia Montana area.
“Experts agree that Rosia Montana has an outstanding heritage value, not only for Romania, but for the whole of Europe. We are sure that your government will therefore wish to safeguard this heritage for present and future generations, and to promote a sustainable long-term development strategy which will provide a viable future for the community living in the area,” stressed Europa Nostra Executive President Denis de Kergorlay, in his letter. Read press release
ARE WIND TURBINES WORTH THE DELISTING OF MONT SAINT-MICHEL?
On 5 March, Europa Nostra Board members visited the Municipality of Argouges (La Manche) situated on the crest of a hillock which overlooks the bay of Mont Saint Michel, to evaluate the risk of visual degradation to the site which would be caused by the planned installation of wind turbines co-visible with Mont Saint Michel. In spite of the fact that UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee has already expressed to the French government their grave concern, neighbouring municipalities continue to investigate wind farm proposals, notably in the adjacent Department of Ille-et-Vilaine, also located on the hillcrest overlooking the Bay. Executive President Denis de Kergorlay stated: “Faced with the real risk of a delisting by UNESCO of this major site, Europa Nostra can only appeal to citizens’ conscience and their capacity of indignation in order to point out that there must be limits to the lack of respect for mankind’s cultural heritage. Governments and European institutions should listen to this ever stronger expression of indignation”. Read press release Français
A SOUL FOR EUROPE PARLIAMENTARY WORKING GROUP
Following her participation to “A Soul for Europe” Conference Towards a Citizen’s Europe on 20 November 2010 in Berlin, and upon invitation of Mrs Doris Pack, Chair of the Culture and Education Committee of the European Parliament, Sneska Quaedvlieg-Mihailovic attended the Advisory Board parliamentary working group “A Soul for Europe” on 13 April 2011 in Brussels with eminent MEPs such as Mr Pöttering, Mrs Pack, and Mr Leinen, and the President of” A Soul for Europe”, Volker Hassemer.
MEETING WITH MR BARROSO’S CABINET
On 13 April 2011, Europa Nostra met Ines Servulo Correia, member of Mr Barroso’s cabinet, in charge, among others, of culture, and of the dialogue with civil society and NGOs. Mrs Servulo Correia was extremely interested in our various activities, including European Policy but also Heritage in Danger. She assured us of the interest of Mr Barroso for cultural heritage and of his willingness to participate to our next European Heritage Awards Ceremony in Lisbon in June 2012, if his extremely busy agenda allows him to join us. Mrs Servulo Correia showed us the art collection currently lent by the Gulbenkian Foundation to Mr Barroso during his second term of office as President of the Commission.
THE CONTRIBUTION OF CIVIL SOCIETY TO THE PRESERVATION OF CULTURAL HERITAGE
On 30 March 2011 in Brussels, Europa Nostra was invited to present its work during the study tour on "the contribution of civil society to the preservation of cultural heritage", organised within the framework of the People 2 People Programme, one of the three strands of the Civil Society Facility managed by the Directorate-General for Enlargement of the European Commission. Read more
CULTURAL HERITAGE AND RESEARCH
On 24 March 2011, Europa Nostra took part in the Conference “Increasing Europe’s competitiveness through cultural heritage research”, an initiative of the EU-project NET-HERITAGE (European Network on Research Programme Applied to the Protection of Tangible Cultural Heritage), organised in the Committee of the Regions in Brussels. NET-HERITAGE was the first significant initiative which has set out to coordinate national Research and Technological Development programmes of European countries, and support European programmes in research applied to the protection of tangible cultural heritage. Read more
The European Commission launched an online consultation in December 2010 on the 'Green Paper on the future of VAT – Towards a simpler, more robust and efficient VAT system'. All stakeholders affected by this initiative – all citizens, organisations, businesses, public authorities, tax experts and academics - are invited to provide their views on this matter until 31 May 2011. Read more
CULTURE IN MOTION CONFERENCE AND PUBLIC CONSULTATION ON A FUTURE EU CULTURE PROGRAMME
The 3rd Culture in Motion conference "Pathways to EU-2020", organised by the European Commission (DG Education and Culture) gathered more than 600 participants in Brussels on 15-16 February. Nearly 30 cross-borders cultural projects showcased how funding is making a difference on a European level and underlined the significant role of culture in enhancing smart, sustainable and inclusive growth and in supporting other EU policies. Funding came from the Culture Programme 2007-2013, the Pilot Project for Artists Mobility, and other EU programmes such as the Lifelong Learning Programme, the Citizenship Programme, the Competitiveness and Innovation Framework Programme and the European Regional Development Programme. Read more
EC CONSULTATION ON A FUTURE EC FINANCIAL INSTRUMENT FOR THE ENVIRONMENT
On 30 November 2010, the European Commission, DG Environment, launched a public consultation on a future EU financial instrument for the environment (continuation of LIFE+). This consultation was open to national, regional and local administrations, environmental stakeholders and the general public until 15 February 2011. The objective of the consultation was to gather views on the next financial instrument for the environment for the period 2014-2020, especially its objectives, activities and support modalities. Read more
EC CONSULTATION ON NATURA 2000
The European Commission, DG Environment, launched a public consultation on Future EU co-financing of Natura 2000. This consultation was open to citizens, organizations and public authorities until 17 February 2011. Natura 2000 is the largest network of protected areas in the world comprised of nearly 26,000 sites and covering almost 18% of the total EU terrestrial environment as well as substantial marine areas. It is the cornerstone of EU biodiversity policy and has a key role to play in achieving the 2020 and 2050 EU biodiversity target and vision, aimed at halting and reversing the loss of biodiversity and ecosystem services. Although Natura 2000 includes many nature reserves, it is based on a much wider concept of conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity. Read more
For more information: Louise van van Rijckevorsel: +32 (0) 2 400 77 02 or lvr[at]europanostra[dot]org
OUR PARTNERSHIP WITH INTO
Since the signature of the Memorandum of Understanding between Europa Nostra and INTO (International National Trusts Organisation) in Dublin on 15 September 2009, the collaboration between both organisations is going well and on a regular basis. We are happy that the Australian INTO Executive Committee Chairman, Simon Molesworth, is joining the Europa Nostra Annual Congress in Amsterdam and that a meeting of INTO Europe will be organised at this occasion, Mr Molesworth also joined our 2010 Congress in Istanbul and addressed the General Assembly. Many other European INTO colleagues will attend our congress, including Dame Fiona Reynolds, Director General of the National Trust for England, Wales and Northern Ireland, who will speak as one of the keynote speakers of the Forum “Volunteers: added value for Europe’s cultural heritage”. Europa Nostra will be represented at the next INTO Conference “Connecting people, places and stories – new strategies for conservation in a changing world” which will take place on 12-16 October 2011 in Victoria, Canada.
CIVIL SOCIETY ENGAGEMENT IN HERITAGE
On 10 February 2011, in conjunction with the European Movement International Congress in Istanbul “Civil Society Organisations challenge public authorities”, the European Commission, DG Enlargement, organised in Istanbul the kick-off meeting for the projects which have received financial assistance from the European Union under the three Instruments for Pre-accession Assistance (IPA) call for proposals: Support to Partnership Actions between Cultural Organisations, Support to Partnership Actions to Minorities/Vulnerable Groups Organisations and Socio-Economic Partnership Programme. Europa Nostra is partner of the winning project “Civil Society Engagement in Heritage”, lead by one of our Member Organisations from Romania, the Transylvania Trust, in cooperation with 4 other partners: Cultural Heritage without Borders, Emancipimi Civil Ma Ndryshe, Europa Nostra Serbia and Expeditio (Center for Sustainable Spatial Development). These projects all aim to strengthen the role of Civil Society Organisations. Read more
THE BEST IN HERITAGE: REGISTER NOW
Europa Nostra will support once again as the main partner The Best in heritage 2011 event taking place on 22-24 September in Dubrovnik, Croatia. This year is the 10th anniversary edition and it will be dedicated to the memory of of Kenneth Hudson OBE and George Henri Riviere. The programme can be consulted online. Read more
HERITAGE IN DANGER
MONT SAINT MICHEL RISKS LOSING UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE STATUS
UNESCO is monitoring the situation at the World Heritage site of Mont Saint Michel, regarding plans to build a wind farm with extremely tall wind turbines within the visual field of the iconic island. Officials from the UN body are assessing the documentation received by the French government. According to some reports, if the wind farm project goes ahead, Mont Saint Michel may lose its inclusion in the World Heritage list, awarded in 1979. Read more
REQUIEM FOR THE ANCIENT ROMAN SPA OF ALLIANOI, TURKEY
Tragically, one of Europa Nostra’s main heritage in danger campaigns has been lost. Europa Nostra has campaigned tirelessly since 2004 together with our Turkish members and colleagues to save the ancient Roman thermal site of Allianoi. Public protests and legal battles demonstrate the measure of popular local support for Turkey’s rich cultural and archaeological heritage, and opposition to the government’s policy of making these subservient to energy and water needs. Europa Nostra has consistently pleaded in favour of developing the site’s great cultural tourism potential. We won delays but ultimately we could not prevent the flooding. Europa Nostra, however, recognises a number of positive outcomes of the campaign to save the site. Read more
EUROPA NOSTRA SUPPORTED LOCAL CAMPAIGNERS IN SUCCESSFUL BID TO PROTECT THEIR CITY NATURE PARK
Europa Nostra wrote a letter in support of the local residents’ campaign to stop plans to introduce a floodlit football pitch on Aylestone Meadows within the Leicester’s Riverside Park. The campaigners claimed victory when members of the City Council Planning and Development Committee subsequently cancelled the planned project in March. In 1989, Leicester Riverside Park won a Europa Nostra Awards Diploma, for the creation of a recreational open space for leisure, sport, nature conservation and educational purposes. The extensive plans for the football pitch would have included a large clubhouse and a broad parking lot, all surrounded by high fencing. It would have severely affected the park’s tranquility, wildlife habitat and night-time darkness, as well as disturbing non football-playing park visitors’ appreciation of the natural riverside ecology and environment, and other sporting activities such as jogging and horseback riding
For more information: Laurie Neale, Heritage in Peril/Communications: +31 70 302 4055 or ln[at]europanostra[dot]org
EU PRIZE FOR CULTURAL HERITAGE / EUROPA NOSTRA AWARDS
CALL FOR ENTRIES 2012
Each year Europa Nostra and the European Union reward the best of cultural heritage achievements. The 2012 call for entries for the European Union Prize for Cultural Heritage / Europa Nostra Awards is available to download from the Europa Nostra website. The deadline to send in your application form is 1 October 2011. Do not miss the chance to participate and let Europe know the importance of your work in support of our cultural heritage. Read more
For more information: Elena Bianchi, Heritage Awards: +31 70 302 4058 or eb[at]europanostra[dot]org
HERITAGE TOURS 2011
Mecklenburg-Vorpommern – A Fascinating ‘World Apart’ 13 - 18 September
Mecklenburg-Vorpommern (Western Pomerania), a quite sparsely populated and rural state in north-east Germany, is known for its elegant seaside resorts, winsome rolling landscapes, striking Hanseatic cities and impressive brick churches and castles. Surprisingly to some people, this region with more than 2000 monuments is one of Germany’s richest in cultural heritage. Join this upcoming heritage tour organised by Europa Nostra especially for its individual members. Read the brochure
For more information: Barbara Zander, Heritage Tours Coordinator: +31 70 302 4054 o r bz [at] europanostra[dot]org
A WARM WELCOME TO NEW MEMBERS AND ASSOCIATE ORGANISATIONS
Since January 2011, Europa Nostra welcomed 6 new Member Organisations, 4 new Associate Organisations and 38 individual members from 16 different countries.
Es Latgalei, Latvia
National Restoration Fund, The Netherlands
The Union of European Historic Houses Associations. based in Belgium
Van Alckmaer Voor Wonen, The Netherlands
Eksjö Kommun, Sweden
City of Amsterdam, The Netherlands
38 new individual members from 15 countries of which 2 life members.
We warmly welcome these organisations and persons and thank them for their confidence and support.
For more information: Barbara Zander, Membership: +31 70 302 40 54 or bz[at]europanostra[dot]org
For queries about the use of the members login: Giuseppe Simone, Web Communications: +31 70 302 40 59 or gs[at]europanostra[dot]org
We invite all committed to cultural heritage to join: heritage professionals and volunteers; associations, networks and federations; foundations; public authorities and agencies; museums, schools and universities; corporations and businesses. Share your knowledge, experience and enthusiasm!
Europa Nostra is the Voice of Cultural Heritage in Europe. It represents some 250 non-governmental organisations, over 150 associate organisations and more than 1500 individual members from more than 50 countries who are fully committed to safeguarding Europe’s cultural heritage and landscapes. Together, we provide a powerful network for dialogue and debate; we celebrate the best heritage achievements; we campaign against threats to vulnerable heritage buildings, sites and landscapes, and we lobby for sustainable European policies and high quality standards with regard to heritage.
Europa Nostra International Secretariat
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Europa Nostra Brussels Office
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Newsletter compiled by Giuseppe Simone, Web Communications: +31 70 302 40 59 or gs[at]europanostra[dot]org
PHOTO: Het Concertgebouw, Amsterdam
© Leander Lammertink
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