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Spring 2016

Venice Lagoon

Venice Lagoon: THE Most Endangered Site in Europe

Europa Nostra, through the voice of its President, Maestro Plácido Domingo, has urged the international community and the authorities at all levels to join forces to save the Venice Lagoon which is seriously endangered by climate change and by various forms of unsuitable (tourism) development. Plácido Domingo made this appeal in a video message (Italian and English) broadcast at a public event held on 16 March in Venice by Europa Nostra and the European Investment Bank Institute. Watch video

The Venice Lagoon was nominated for inclusion on the 2016 List of 7 Most endangered by Italia Nostra. Given the paramount importance of this heritage landmark to Europe and the world, as well as the complexity and magnitude of the threats and challenges posed, Europa Nostra and the EIB Institute - following a firm recommendation from an international advisory panel of experts - decided that the Venice Lagoon should be declared as THE most endangered heritage site in Europe. Europa Nostra therefore recommends that the World Heritage Committee places Venice and its Lagoon on the List of World Heritage in Danger. The public announcement received extensive media coverage in Italy and across Europe. Read more

2016 European Heritage Congress in Madrid


European Heritage Awards Day

The Ceremony, hosted by Commissioner Navracsics and Maestro Domingo, will be held on 24/05 at Teatro de la Zarzuela, preceded by the Excellence Fair. Read more


Exhibition on the Spanish Award winners

The exhibition on the Spanish winners of the European Heritage Awards, organised by Hispania Nostra, will be opened on 23/05 at the College of Architects.
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Forum 'Social Participation in Heritage'

The forum ‘Social Participation in Heritage Protection: European, Spanish and Hispano-American Experiences’ will be held on 25/05 at the Conde Duque Centre. Read more


Networking events and cultural visits

Participants will be engaged in various meetings and events. The Congress is part of Europa Nostra’s network project ‘Mainstreaming Heritage’. Read more


Europe’s 7 Most Endangered heritage sites 2016 announced

On 16 March in Venice, Europa Nostra and the European Investment Bank Institute revealed The 7 Most Endangered 2016: Archaeological site of Ererouyk and village of Ani Pemza (Armenia), Patarei Sea Fortress in Tallinn (Estonia), Helsinki-Malmi Airport (Finland), Colbert Swing Bridge in Dieppe (France), Kampos of Chios (Greece), Convent of St. Anthony of Padua in Extremadura (Spain), and Ancient city of Hasankeyf (Turkey). Read more


Europa Nostra’s Secretary General visits Kosovo

On 18-19 March, Sneška Quaedvlieg-Mihailović visited Kosovo and spoke at the Interfaith Conference held in Prizren, which was organised to coincide with the visit of HRH The Prince of Wales to the country. This special conference focused on the importance of cultural heritage as a tool for economic and societal regeneration. Europa Nostra’s Secretary General was among the panelists in the discussion attended by The Prince. Read more


Rosia Montana: from 7 Most Endangered to a success story?

The ancient mining landscape of Rosia Montana, listed among Europe’s 7 Most Endangered heritage sites in 2013, was put on Romania’s tentative list for UNESCO World Heritage status on 5 February, thus blocking a large-scale gold mining project. During a hearing at the European Parliament in Brussels on 17 March, it was announced that the Romanian Government has initiated a sustainable development plan for the region. Read more


Discussion with EIB on Funding Heritage in Europe

Europa Nostra and the European Investment Bank Institute held a policy session on ‘Funding Cultural Heritage in Europe’ in Luxembourg on 27 November. During the conference, Maggy Nagel, Minister of Culture of Luxembourg and Acting President of the EU Council of Ministers, reiterated the key role that heritage has to play in promoting intercultural dialogue and reaffirmed the support for the European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018. Read more


Irina Bokova to give Europe Lecture in The Hague

UNESCO’s Director-General Irina Bokova will give the Europe Lecture 2016 on 13 June in The Hague. Both UNESCO and the European Union have recognised cultural heritage as a key resource for sustainable development and a vital tool for promoting peace and dialogue. However, heritage is today facing many threats. This Lecture, which takes place during the Dutch Presidency of the EU, is organised by the Europe Lecture Foundation with Europa Nostra. Read more


Other news


Europa Nostra’s Capacity Building Days take place in Brussels on 13-15 April

Brussels hosts European Culture Forum on 19-20 April

European Heritage Label for 9 outstanding monuments and sites

European Commission’s President encouraged to change VAT policy in the heritage sector

European Parliament held round table discussion on ‘Modern Heritage at Risk’

EU Prize for Cultural Heritage / Europa Nostra Awards - Local Ceremonies

UK: European Heritage Award for Middleport Pottery presented to HRH The Prince of Wales

2016 European Heritage Awards: 187 applications from 36 countries received

UK: North of England Civic Trust hosts ceremony for its Heritage Skills Initiative

Brussels: Restoration of Wielemans-Ceuppens Brewery’s Machines started


Paris: Two victories for the defense of the botanical gardens at Serres d'Auteuil

Amsterdam: Conference on Digitisation of Cultural Heritage - Register Now

Durres: first phase of the Roman Amphitheatre rehabilitation completed

Lyon: Europa Nostra takes action to support the Museum of Textiles and Decorative Arts

The Hague: Heritage in Motion Awards: Europeana teams up with Europa Nostra and European Museum Academy


Sign the petition: Save Patmos, Greece

Sign the petition: Save the Museum of Textiles and Decorative Arts in Lyon, France

Sign the petition: Save the Serres d’ Auteuil Botanical Gardens in Paris, France


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Belgium: International Platform for Art Research and Conservation (IPARC)

Finland: Museum Centre Vapriikki

Georgia: Ministry of Culture and Monument Protection


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11-16 September | Private Châteaux of Normandy

17-23 October 2016 | Spanish Basque Country


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