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ENewsletter December 2013 The Voice of Cultural Heritage in Europe
MERRY CHRISTMAS 2013 AND HAPPY NEW YEAR 2014!
 
Dear Colleagues & Friends,
 
We look back to a great year during which we were proud to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Europa Nostra. This was indeed a year of celebration…Celebration of 50 years of continuous action in support of Europe’s heritage, both cultural and natural. Celebration of our founding fathers and of all those women and men who have generously given to Europa Nostra their expertise, time and money; it is thanks to all of them that Europa Nostra has grown - over the years - into a leading European organisation promoting and defending the interests of our cultural heritage. Celebration also of our fruitful cooperation and dialogue with the EU Institutions… Finally, celebration of new achievements and new partnerships, such as the “7 Most Endangered” programme launched this year with the support of the European Investment Bank Institute or the European cooperation project “Cultural Heritage Counts for Europe” run in partnership with members of the European Heritage Alliance 3.3. 
 
We have organised a true “European marathon” of events, small and large, in Venice, London, Athens, Dubrovnik, Lisbon, Cologne, Paris, Brussels and Berlin. We have revived our ties with many member organisations and we have made many new encounters and friendships. And we took active part in a wider discussion on the future of Europe through our involvement in the “New Narrative for Europe” initiative.  
 
This December edition of the Europa Nostra electronic newsletter will give you a very lively account of all events and activities with which we have closed our Golden Jubilee Year. Our special thanks go to our President, Maestro Plácido Domingo, for his inspiring participation in key Jubilee events and for his strong dedication to our cause which have helped Europa Nostra to further grow in impact and influence. 
 
At the end of this year, we stand ready to face, with confidence and imagination, the new decade ahead of us. The new year will be particularly important for Europe with the start of the new EU Programmes based on a new 7 year EU budget and also with the European elections taking place on 22-25 May 2014. We remain, of course, aware of the difficult times in which we live, and also of the many economic and social challenges which Europe and the rest of the world are facing. And we are especially aware of and concerned about the many threats to our heritage. We therefore feel a strong sense of urgency to mobilise further the forces of Europe’s civil society to oppose, whenever and wherever necessary, political or economic developments which are detrimental to Europe’s monuments, sites and landscapes. We indeed feel a renewed sense of responsibility and duty to (net)work even more creatively and effectively to ensure a better future for Europe’s cultural heritage. 
 
We therefore thank all of you for your own contribution to the cause of Europa Nostra. Our special tribute goes to our awards winners whose creativity, passion and expertise serve as a source of inspiration for our future work.  May we invite you all to become even more actively involved in the activities of our pan-European movement for heritage, as members, volunteers, experts or donors, in 2014 and beyond? 
 
Wishing you a merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year, 
 
Cordially yours,
 
On behalf of the Europa Nostra Board
Denis de Kergorlay, Executive President
On behalf of the Europa Nostra International Secretariat
Sneška Quaedvlieg-Mihailović, Secretary General
 
The Rosa Europa Nostra is a perfect addition to any garden and a meaningful gift for Christmas and New Year. With an average height of 140 cm and continued flowering, it has the pleasant fragrance of wild roses and is easy to care for. For the sale of every rose, which costs €22,50, a donation of €9 will be made to Europa Nostra. The rose can be ordered online and delivered anywhere in Europe. It can be planted during the winter and spring as long as the soil is frost-free. Let your friendship grow and cultivate your passion for heritage with the Rosa Europa Nostra. Read more
 
EUROPA NOSTRA’S 50TH ANNIVERSARY: CLOSING EVENTS


“Let us work together to give the entire process of European integration a ‘positive shock’ through the creative energy and inspirational power of our culture and heritage. We have a shared responsibility to make this happen: you, the leaders of the various EU institutions, and we, the protagonists from the cultural scene. Let us revive and reclaim the European dream. And let us continue to make this dream come true in our time and for those that will follow us!” This was the appeal made by Europa Nostra’s President Plácido Domingo at the end of the European heritage policy conference ‘Cultural Heritage for Europe, Europe for Cultural Heritage’ in Brussels on 5 December. The conference, which was organised by Europa Nostra in cooperation with Edificio at Bibliothèque Solvay, brought together eminent experts, decision-makers and top-level representatives from EU institutions and was attended by 180 people. Read more

After the Policy Conference held on 5 December at the Bibliothèque Solvay in Brussels, Europa Nostra’s President, Maestro Plácido Domingo, was received by José Manuel Barroso, President of the European Commission, at the EC’s headquarters. During this inspiring encounter, Barroso and Domingo spoke about the vital role to be played by organisations and persons active in the wider field of culture for the future of the European project. President Barroso praised the important work of Europa Nostra for the safeguard of Europe’s cultural heritage and paid special tribute to Maestro Domingo for his personal support to Europa Nostra’s mission and action. "Europe heavily needs the active engagement of great artists and scientists in the debate on its future,” highlighted President Barroso. Read more

Androulla Vassiliou, European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth, and Plácido Domingo, President of Europa Nostra, opened the photo exhibition ‘Europe: Our Past, our Future’ about the EU Prize for Cultural Heritage / Europa Nostra Awards at the EC headquarters in Brussels on the afternoon of 5 December. José Manuel Barroso, President of the European Commission, attended the vernissage and made an inspiring speech, praising the partnership between the European Commission and Europa Nostra and highlighting the role of civil society players in strengthening the cultural dimension of the European project. Read more
 
In the evening of 5 December, during a Citizens’ Dialogue at BOZAR in Brussels, Plácido Domingo, President of Europa Nostra, Androulla Vassiliou, European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth, Isabelle Durant, Vice-President of the European Parliament, Michelangelo Pistoletto, the renowned Italian visual artist, and Paul Dujardin, Director of the Palais des Beaux-Arts, debated the future of Europe and the role of culture as a catalyst for European integration. 700 people participated in this Citizens’ Dialogue, organised by the Representation of the European Commission in Belgium and the Chancellery of the Prime Minister in partnership with BOZAR and Europa Nostra, and attended the ‘European Inspirations’ concert. This evening programme coincided with the celebration of the 50th anniversary of Europa Nostra in Brussels. Read more
 
The European cooperation project ‘Cultural Heritage Counts for Europe: Towards a European Index for Cultural Heritage’ organised its second Steering Committee meeting in Brussels on 4 December. In the morning, 14 representatives from the consortium's six partners gathered to discuss the project's methodology to collect existing data on the impact of Europe's cultural heritage on society and the economy. In the afternoon, the Steering Committee held a consultation session with the European Heritage Alliance 3.3 (a platform composed of 32 European or international heritage networks and organisations) to promote the project and mobilise the participation of the Alliance members. The project, which is supported by the Culture Programme of the European Union, was publically launched at the European heritage policy conference ‘Cultural Heritage for Europe, Europe for Cultural Heritage’, organised by Europa Nostra in cooperation with Edificio at Bibliothèque Solvay, in Brussels on 5 December. Read more

On 28 November in Paris, Europa Nostra’s Executive President Denis de Kergorlay gave a lecture on Europa Nostra, entitled ‘De la nostalgie au Bonheur d’être Européen: 50 ans d’engagements citoyens en faveur de la réhabilitation du patrimoine culturel de l’Europe’. The lecture took place on the eve of the exact date on which Europa Nostra was born 50 years ago, precisely in Paris. This event was held at the Cercle de l’Union Interalliée and was attended by some 300 French and international personalities from the worlds of culture, politics and business. For this occasion, Europa Nostra's PresidentPlácido Domingo sent a special video message. Read more

HERITAGE IN DANGER
 
The results and recommendations of the rescue missions to The 7 Most Endangered monuments and sites in Europe in 2013 were presented and discussed by heritage and financial experts from Europa Nostra, the European Investment Bank Institute (EIB-I) and the Council of Europe Development Bank (CEB) on 6 December, during the meeting of the Council of Europa Nostra at the EU Office of the Randstad Region from the Netherlands, in Brussels. National and local participants in those missions added their valuable contribution to the discussion, which was moderated by John Sell, Executive Vice-President of Europa Nostra and chairman of ‘The 7 Most Endangered’ programme. The detailed technical reports can be read online. Read more

During the European heritage policy conference ‘Cultural Heritage for Europe, Europe for Cultural Heritage’ held at Bibliothèque Solvay in Brussels on 5 December, Europa Nostra and the Google Cultural Institute launched the online exhibition 'The 7 Most Endangered: Campaigning to save Europe's most threatened sites'. Angela Steen, Government Relation Manager at Google, presented the new partnership with Europa Nostra and showed how the world’s museums, governments and cultural organisations are using this platform to reach millions of users online. Read more
 
Following the visit to Bucharest on 19-20 November by Europa Nostra’s Executive President, Denis de Kergorlay, and its Secretary General, Sneška Quaedvlieg-Mihailovic, Europa Nostra continues to monitor developments in Romania with regard to the ever growing civil society movement opposing the RMGC open-cast gold mine project and pleading for the safeguard of the cultural heritage and landscape of Rosia Montana. Stefan Bâlici, Vice-President of the Romanian NGO Architecture-Restoration-Archaeology (ARA), was invited to be one of the key speakers at the European heritage policy conference ‘Cultural Heritage for Europe, Europe for Cultural Heritage’ on 5 December in Brussels. He also took part in the Council meeting of Europa Nostra for the presentation of the reports on ‘The 7 Most Endangered’ sites on 6 December in the Belgium capital. Last week, Europa Nostra welcomed the rejection by Romania’s House of Representatives of the proposed amendments to the framework law on mining operations, the aim of which was to pave the way for the approval of the RMGC gold mine project in Rosia Montana. The next day, on 11 December, Europa Nostra’s Secretary General gave an extensive live interview to the Swiss Radio as part of the one-hour programme exclusively dedicated to Rosia Montana. Read more and listen to interview
 
An important report on “Europe’s Endangered Heritage” was adopted on 3 December in Paris at the meeting of the Committee on Culture, Science, Education and Media of the  Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE). Two days later, the Rapporteur of this report, Ms Vesna Marjanović from Serbia, spoke at the Conference “Cultural Heritage for Europe, Europe for Cultural Heritage” which was organised by Europa Nostra on 5 December in Brussels (see separate news item). This report - to the preparation of which Europa Nostra was glad to contribute - is expected to be discussed for final adoption by PACE at its Plenary meeting in 2014. To read the English and French version of this report, click here.
 
EUROPEAN UNION PRIZE FOR CULTURAL HERITAGE / EUROPA NOSTRA AWARDS
 
The Local Award Ceremony for the research project for the restoration of the exceptional machines of the Wielemans-Ceuppens brewery, a Grand Prix winner of an EU Prize for Cultural Heritage/Europa Nostra Awards in 2013, took place at WIELS Contemporary Art Centre in Brussels on the evening of 4 December. Karel Bartak, Head of Unit of the DG for Education and Culture of the European Commission, and Denis de Kergorlay, Executive President of Europa Nostra, praised the remarkable research study undertaken by BruxellesFabriques. After the ceremony, the 100 guests visited the impressive engine room of the former brewery. Read more

The Local Award Ceremony for Taut’s Home, a winner of an EU Prize for Cultural Heritage/Europa Nostra Awards in 2013, was held at the Gutshof Britz in Berlin on the afternoon of 8 December. Europa Nostra’s Executive President Denis de Kergorlay and its Vice-President Alexander Fürst zu Sayn-Wittgenstein-Sayn participated in the event and praised this outstanding achievement in the heritage conservation field. Read more

EUROPEAN AFFAIRS
 
The second major event of the ‘New Narrative for Europe’ was held on 8-9 December at Palazzo Clerici in Milano. On this occasion, José Manuel Barroso, President of the European Commission, and Enrico Letta, Prime-Minister of Italy, made forceful public speeches stressing the need for Europe to promote a new narrative with a clear vision towards a closer union and with a much stronger emphasis put on Europe’s soft power embedded in its culture, including the arts, heritage and sciences. Alenka Bratušek, Prime-Minister of Slovenia, also spoke at this high-profile political gathering on 9 December at Palazzo Clerici. The 'New Narrative for Europe' meeting brought to Milano some 100 European personalities from various fields of culture (architects, artists, journalists, cultural operators, historians and writers). Read more
 
Following the approval of the ‘Creative Europe’ programme by the European Parliament on 19 November and by the Council on 5 December, the European Commission has published the first call for proposals on the basis of the newly approved programme. Under the culture strand, the call invites proposals for cooperation projects, literary translations, networks and platforms. For further information, please visit the European Commission website. Read more

‘Culture and Power’ was the theme of the 2013 Forum d’Avignon, which was held at the Palais des Papes in Avignon, France, on 21-23 November. As part of the work on the ‘New Narrative for Europe’, Europa Nostra’s Secretary General Sneška Quaedvlieg-Mihailović was invited to be the moderator of the central panel debate on Europe’s future strategy and policy with regard to culture. Two other members of the Cultural Committee of the ‘New Narrative for Europe’ initiative, Michelangelo Pistoletto, renowned Italian visual artist, and Paul Dujardin, Artistic Director of BOZAR in Brussels, also contributed to this major forum which was attended by some 450 participants from 40 different countries. In Avignon, Europa Nostra’s Secretary General took part, together with Nicolas Seydoux, President of the Forum d’Avignon, and Radu Mihăileanu, renowned cinema director from France/Romania, in a TV debate broadcasted by France 24, and also gave short interviews for the online edition of ARTE, the two media partners of the Forum d’ Avignon. Read more and watch the interviews

This conference, hosted by the Czech Ministry of Finance and funded by the Norwegian EEA Grants mechanism on 6 November, was of particular interest as it revealed the wealth of successful actions of Industrial heritage in Central Europe, notwithstanding the scarcity of resources. The demise of industrial activities after 1989 generated a huge stock of abandoned factories, some of great architectural value (“cathedrals of the industrial age”). The conference was held in the emblematic Dolni Vitkovice steelworks. This huge complex, which was abandoned for many years, has been impeccably restored and received more than a million visitors since its reopening as a cultural centre in 2012. Thegas holder has become a multi-purpose assembly hall. Europa Nostra was represented at the conference by Pierre Laconte, chair of its Industrial and Engineering Heritage Committee. Read more
 
EVENT
2-6 May – Vienna, AUSTRIA
 
HERITAGE TOURS

In 2014, Europa Nostra will offer three unique heritage tours, designed exclusively for Europa Nostra members in conjunction with our long-term travel organisation partner, Specialtours. In line with the success formula of our tours, during all three tours numerous private properties will be visited, and the historical and cultural background of the regions visited will be discovered.
 
Barcelona: A City of Revival - 8 to 13 April 2014
Private Houses & Castles of Skåne, Sweden - 8 to 13 September 2014 (fully booked)
Unknown Italy: Puglia & Basilicata - 8 to 14 October 2014
 
For further details and a priority reservation form, please contact: +44 20 7386 4690 or info@specialtours.co.uk
 
We invite all organisations and persons committed to cultural and natural heritage to join Europa Nostra: heritage professionals and volunteers; associations, networks and federations; foundations; public authorities and agencies; museums, schools and universities; corporations and businesses. Contribute to our mission and action by sharing your knowledge, experience, passion and enthusiasm!
 
To become a member: www.europanostra.org/join-us

COLOPHON
 
EUROPA NOSTRA represents a rapidly growing citizens’ movement for the safeguarding of Europe’s cultural and natural heritage. Our pan-European network is composed of 250 member organisations (heritage associations and foundations with a combined membership of more than 5 million people), 150 associated organisations (governmental bodies, local authorities and corporations) and also 1500 individual members who directly support our mission. It covers almost 50 countries in Europe and beyond. Plácido Domingo, the world-renowned opera signer, is the President of Europa Nostra.
 
Together,
•           we form an important lobby for cultural heritage in Europe;
•           we celebrate excellence through the European Heritage Awards organised by Europa Nostra in partnership with the European Union; and
•           we campaign to save Europe’s endangered historic monuments, sites and cultural landscapes.
 
We are the Voice of Cultural Heritage in Europe.
 
Europa Nostra International Secretariat
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Photo:
Androulla Vassiliou, European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth, and Plácido Domingo, President of Europa Nostra, opened the photo exhibition ‘Europe: Our Past, our Future’ about the EU Prize for Cultural Heritage / Europa Nostra Awards at the EC headquarters in Brussels on the afternoon of 5 December. José Manuel Barroso, President of the European Commission, attended the vernissage. Photographer: Jorge Rojas