ENewsletter November 2013 The Voice of Cultural Heritage in Europe


The Belgium capital will host the closing events of Europa Nostra’s 50th Anniversary from 4-6 December. The European Heritage Policy conference ‘Cultural Heritage for Europe, Europe for Cultural Heritage’, which will bring together eminent experts, decision-makers and top-level representatives from EU Institutions, on 5 December, is the highlight of the programme. It will be followed by the opening of the photo exhibition on the European Union Prize for Cultural Heritage/Europa Nostra Award at the headquarters of the European Commission. The Citizens Dialogue and a special concert entitled ‘European Inspirations’ at the BOZAR will close this landmark day dedicated to cultural heritage in the heart of the European decision-making. More info 

From September to October, delegations of heritage and financial experts from Europa Nostra, the European Investment Bank Institute, founding partner of ‘The 7 Most Endangered’ programme, and the Council of Europe Development Bank, an associate partner, went on mission to the 15th century monastery in Setúbal (Portugal), the Renaissance monastery of San Benedetto Po (Italy), Vauban’s 17th century fortifications in Briançon (France), the Roman amphitheatre in Durrës (Albania), the buffer zone in the historic centre of Nicosia (Cyprus), and the Armenian church of St. George in Mardin (Turkey). The visit to the historic mining landscape of Rosia Montana (Romania) will take place on 19-20 November. The results of the rescue missions will be presented at the policy conference ‘Cultural Heritage for Europe, Europe for Cultural Heritage’, organised by Europa Nostra in Brussels on 5 December. Read news item about each mission below

On 28 November in Paris, Europa Nostra’s Executive President, Denis de Kergorlay, will give a lecture on Europa Nostra, entitled ‘De la nostalgie au Bonheur d’être Européen: 50 ans d’engagement citoyens en faveur de la réhabilitation du patrimoine culturel de l’Europe’. The lecture will coincide with the exact date in which Europa Nostra was born 50 years ago, precisely in Paris. This event will be held at the Cercle de l’Union Interalliée and is expected to be attended by 300-400 persons, including many French and international dignitaries from the worlds of culture, politics and business. Read more

The prestigious Italian writer Claudio Magris received the European Award for Raising Public Awareness on Cultural Heritage, named after the Portuguese journalist, cultural activist and politician Helena Vaz da Silva, from the President of the Portuguese Republic Cavaco Silva at a special ceremony in Lisbon on 21 October. The prize, instituted by Centro Nacional de Cultura in cooperation with the leading European heritage organisation, Europa Nostra, on the occasion of its 50th Anniversary, and Clube Português de Imprensa, was awarded for the first time this year. Read more
The Global Heritage Forum, a joint-venture between Europa Nostra and the International National Trusts Organisation (INTO), which brought together senior representatives of European and international heritage organisations to discuss a global agenda for heritage, was one of the highlights of this year’s The Best in Heritage event, held in Dubrovnik, Croatia, on 19-21 September. The presentation of twenty-four award-winning museum, heritage and conservation projects illustrated state-of-the-art practices and provided the ideal platform for interactive and fruitful discussions. Some 140 participants from 32 countries attended the event, reinforcing its true global character. Read more

Following the Europa Nostra’s 50th Anniversary Congress in Athens last June, His All-Holiness the Ecumenical Patriarch Vartholomaios has paid tribute to Europa Nostra for its five decades of action in the name of Europe’s cultural and natural heritage. In a special message recently addressed to the organisation, the spiritual leader of the Orthodox Christian Church acknowledged “the immense value and significance of Europa Nostra’s work” and congratulated all those who over the years have contributed to the growth of the organisation. The Archbishop of Constantinople and New Rome also hopes that Europa Nostra can strengthen “its voice and efforts in the achievement of its noble aims”. Read more

The internationally-renowned opera singer and President of Europa Nostra Plácido Domingo received the Praemium Imperiale, one of the world’s most prestigious prizes in the field of arts, from Prince Masahito Hitachi of Japan at a special ceremony in Tokyo on 16 October. "Taking home a trophy like this is an honour, a real satisfaction and a great joy," he told the news agency EFE after being presented with the award. Each year, the Praemium Imperiale recognises lifetime achievements in the arts in categories which are not covered by the Nobel Prize. In 2013, Plácido Domingo (Spain) was honoured in the Music category, Michelangelo Pistoletto (Italy) in Painting, Antony Gormley (UK) in Sculpture, David Chipperfield (UK) in Architecture, and Francis Ford Coppola (USA) in the Film/Theatre category. Read more

The Austrian capital will stage the 2014 European Heritage Congress from 2-6 May. After its emblematic congress in Athens last year, which marked the 50th Anniversary of Europa Nostra, the leading European heritage organisation is preparing its next year’s congress in Vienna. The Awards Ceremony at the Burgtheater, the opera performance by the world-renowned opera singer and President of Europa Nostra Plácido Domingo at the Wiener Staatsoper, and the full-day excursion to the World Heritage valley of Wachau are the highlights of the programme. H.E. the President of Austria, Dr. Heinz Fischer, has granted his patronage to the congress. Read more   

On the occasion of Europa Nostra’s 50th anniversary, the Belgium-based rose hybridizer and grower Rosa Mundo decided to honour the mission of the leading European heritage organisation and support its action towards saving Europe's most threatened monuments and sites with the launch of the Rosa Europa Nostra. For the sale of every rose, the grower will make a kind donation of €9 to The 7 Most Endangered programme. Initiated by Europa Nostra in partnership with the European Investment Bank Institute in January 2013, this programme will help rescue our common heritage all across Europe. Everyone can contribute to this extraordinary initiative through the purchase of the Rosa Europa Nostra. Read more


A top-level delegation of heritage and financial experts from Europa Nostra and the European Investment Bank Institute visited the monastery of Setúbal, one of The 7 Most Endangered Monuments and Sites in Europe, and took part in several working meetings with local and national entities on 4-5 September. The 15th century monastery was in such an advanced state of decay that the municipality of Setubal decided to go ahead with emergency rehabilitation works at the end of 2012. However, national and European technical and financial support is needed to implement the fourteen-million-euro restoration and modernisation project, which will fully return this masterpiece to its former splendour and act as a catalyst for the social and economic revitalisation of the city centre. Read more

Heritage and financial experts from Europa Nostra and the European Investment Bank (EIB) Institute visited the monastery of Polirone in San Benedetto Po, one of The 7 Most Endangered Monuments and Sites in Europe, and took part in several working meetings with local and national entities on 10-11 September. The Renaissance monastery was severely damaged by two earthquakes in May 2012 and is in urgent need of restoration. A discussion about the current state of the building, as well as the financial plan for its complete rehabilitation, dominated the agenda. Read more

Experts from Europa Nostra and the European Investment Bank (EIB) Institute visited Vauban’s fortifications in Briançon, France, one of The 7 Most Endangered Monuments and Sites in Europe, and met with local, regional and national entities to discuss the restoration and redevelopment strategies of this heritage site on 23-24 September. Some works to secure the fortifications have been undertaken. However, their extensive and costly rehabilitation requires national and European technical and financial support. Read more

The Roman amphiteatre in Durrës, listed as one of The 7 Most Endangered Monuments and Sites in Europe, was visited by heritage and financial experts from Europa Nostra and the Council of Europe Development Bank (CEB), on 8-9 October. Dating back to the 2nd century AD, the monument was discovered only in the 1960s and it is still today partially-buried. The Albanian Government has undertaken several initiatives to study and recover the heritage site over the last decades. However, European technical expertise and financial support are needed to address its urgent, complex and costly rehabilitation. The delegates participated in meetings with high representatives from national and local entities, including the Minister of Culture, the Minister of Urban Development and Tourism and the Mayor of Durrës, to discuss the restoration and redevelopment strategies of this remarkable monument. Read more

For the first time in two years, representatives from European institutions and delegates from the Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot communities visited the buffer zone of Nicosia, listed as one of The 7 Most Endangered Monuments and Sites in Europe, on 14-15 October. The mission covered the 1.5km corridor that divides the historic city centre escorted by civil affairs officers from the United Nations. The heritage and financial experts from Europa Nostra and the European Investment Bank (EIB) Institute also participated in working meetings with local and international entities to discuss the rehabilitation and redevelopment strategies for this heritage site. Read more

The Armenian church of St. George in Mardin, listed as one of The 7 Most Endangered Monuments and Sites in Europe, was visited by heritage and financial experts from Europa Nostra and the European Investment Bank (EIB) Institute on 24-25 October. This tangible witness of Turkey’s multicultural history, which was built in 1857, is today in an advanced state of disrepair. The delegation participated in meetings with the Governor and the Mayor of Mardin. The local authorities are in favour of the rehabilitation of the monument but their endeavours need to be backed by national and European partners. Read more

Upon invitation of the Romanian Academy of Sciences, Europa Nostra’s Executive President Denis de Kergorlay and its Secretary General Sneška Quaedvlieg-Mihailović visited Bucharest on 19-20 November to discuss ways to ensure a sustainable future for Roşia Montană, based on the safeguard of its rich cultural and natural heritage and environment. Roşia Montană is one of the sites which figure on this year's list of ‘7 Most Endangered’. Read more

The leading European heritage organisation, Europa Nostra, has expressed its serious concern about the draft law which would allow a Canadian-based company to set up Europe’s biggest open-cast gold mine in Roşia Montană. In a letter addressed to Romanian parliamentarians, the civil society partner of the European Union, the Council of Europe and UNESCO, warned of the anticipated negative impact of the project on cultural heritage and the environment and called for an alternative and sustainable development plan for the region. Europa Nostra, together with the European Investment Bank Institute, listed Rosia Montana as one of ‘The 7 Most Endangered’ monuments and sites in Europe in June. The draft law proposed by the Romanian Government in August has sparked a wave of demonstrations across the country. The Romanian Parliament is expected to vote on it in November. Read more 

Fifty years after its first actions to save Venice, Europa Nostra has outlined a set of proposals to ensure a sustainable future for this cultural heritage masterpiece. In the ‘Appeal for the Saving of Venice’, approved by the Board of the organisation on 30 September, Europa Nostra advocates the implementation of an environmental plan which tackles water management, pollution, land reclamation and dredging issues in the Lagoon, as well as the adoption of financial and policy instruments to secure long-term residents and attract local businesses to the historic areas. It is also proposed that large-scale cruise ships moor outside the city and cruise tourists make a greater financial contribution to the urban upkeep, among other measures. Italia Nostra, FAI - Fondo Ambiente Italiano, Touring Club Italiano and the Association of International Private Committees for the Safeguarding of Venice have broadly endorsed the proposals. Read more
The UNESCO World Heritage city of Dubrovnik, in Croatia, faces two serious threats: a massive real-estate and golfing project on the plateau of Srdj hill and a significant increase in the number of cruise ships visiting the city. Europa Nostra has advocated a feasible economic, social, cultural and environmental development plan for the city and the surrounding area. In a letter addressed to the World Heritage Centre, the leading European heritage organisation calls for an immediate assessment of the impact of the project and urges local and national authorities to opt for a sustainable, long-term development strategy. Read more

The city of Venice (Italy), the Gaslight and Gas Lamps in Berlin (Germany), the Güell Pavilions and Garden in Barcelona (Spain), the Battersea Power Station in London (England), and the Cathedral of Mren in Digor, Kars (Turkey) are among the 20 European heritage sites at risk listed in the 2014 World Monuments Watch. The complete list features 67 sites in 41 countries from around the world. The announcement was made in New York on 8 October by the World Monuments Fund, a US-based independent organisation devoted to safeguarding the world’s treasured places. It is worthwhile mentioning that also Europa Nostra recently made an ‘Appeal for the Saving of Venice’. As for the Gaslight and Gas Lamps, they were also one of the 14 monuments shortlisted last April for ‘The 7 Most Endangered’, the Europa Nostra’s new flagship programme developed in partnership with the European Investment Bank Institute. Read more


Organisations and individuals from 31 countries across Europe submitted a total of 169 applications for the European Union Prize for Cultural Heritage/Europa Nostra Award 2014. The Conservation category has the highest number of entries (97). It is followed by the Education, Training and Awareness-Raising category (38), the Research category (19) and the Dedicated Service to Heritage category (15). In regards to the countries, for the first time in several years, Italy is first in the ranking, with 29 projects submitted. Spain occupies the second position, with 21 applications, and the United Kingdom the third place, with 17 entries. Read more
The conference ‘Cultural Heritage and the EU 2020 Strategy: towards an integrated approach’, organised by the Department of Cultural Heritage of the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Lithuania, was held in Vilnius, on 13-14 November. Professionals and policy-makers of different sectors from all over Europe, including representatives of the European Commission, the European Parliament, the Council of Europe, governmental institutions and civil organisations, scientists and academics discussed and exploited a range of possibilities for cultural heritage to be a resource for other policy fields. Sneška Quaedvlieg-Mihailović, Secretary General of Europa Nostra, also in representation of the European Heritage Alliance 3.3, spoke on behalf of the civil society during the opening session of the conference. Read more
European culture, heritage, cinema, television, music, literature, performing arts and related areas will benefit from increased support under the European Commission's new Creative Europe programme, which was approved by the European Parliament on 19 November. With a budget of €1.46 billion over the next seven years – 9% more than current levels – the programme will provide a boost for the cultural and creative sectors, which are a major source of jobs and growth. It will also launch a new financial guarantee facility enabling small cultural and creative businesses to access up to €750 million in bank loans. The EU Prize for Cultural Heritage/Europa Nostra Award will receive support from Creative Europe. The programme will be definitively adopted by the Council (28 Member States) in the weeks to come and will enter into force in January 2014. Read more

‘Culture and Power’ is the theme of the 2013 Forum d’Avignon, which will be held at the Palais des Papes in Avignon, France, on 21-23 November. The culture and creative industries represent 4% of the GDP of the European Union and 8 million direct jobs. Can businesses and governments build the future without this sector? Citizens, creators, producers, distributors or politicians: who holds cultural power? Is personal cultural data a new asset of power? Who is drawing up the new map of powers? Who truly benefits from culture? Six key debates, six studies and concrete proposals are to be the foundation for the sixth edition of the Forum d’Avignon. Europa Nostra’s Secretary General, Sneška Quaedvlieg-Mihailović, is one of the speakers invited to contribute to this major forum, which will be attended by some 450 participants from 40 countries. Read more

One year after the first meeting in Warsaw, Europa Nostra - also in representation of the European Heritage Alliance 3.3 - attended the second meeting of the Reflection Group ‘EU and Cultural Heritage’, comprised of delegates from heritage departments of a number of EU Member States, in Vilnius on 23-24 September. Read more

Europa Nostra attended the roundtable discussion on ‘The Reunification of the Parthenon Marbles: A European concern’, organised in collaboration with the Swiss Committee for the Return of the Marbles and supported by the Hellenic Ministry of Culture, at the European Parliament in Brussels on 15 October. The main objective was to inform European parliamentarians and raise awareness among the European public on this issue. Read more

On 17 September, Europa Nostra was invited to take part in a roundtable on ‘Tourism in Europe: Attracting new flows’ organised by the Tourism Task Force of the Committee on Transport and Tourism of the European Parliament. "It is estimated that more than 50% of tourist activity in Europe is driven by cultural and natural heritage. Therefore sustainable tourism requires preservation of cultural and natural heritage resources which are crucial for its development and for attracting new flows," stressed Rodolphe de Looz-Corswarem, Council member of Europa Nostra and President of the European Historic Houses Association. Read more


In 2014, Europa Nostra will offer three unique heritage tours, designed exclusively for Europa Nostra members in conjunction with our long-term travel partner, Specialtours. In line with the success formula of our tours, during all three tours numerous private properties will be visited, whilst also the historical and cultural background of the regions to be visited will not be neglected.

Barcelona: A City of Revival - 8 to 13 April 2014
Private Houses & Castles of Skåne, Sweden - 8 to 13 September 2014
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

Member Organisations
Cultural Association “Heritage for the Future (Asociatia "Prietenii Muzeelor Minovici") – Romania
Herita – Belgium
Associate Organisations
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


The Exponatec Cologne, Europe's most important trade fair for the museum, conservation and restoration sectors, will take place on 20-22 November in Cologne, Germany. Europa Nostra, The Best in Heritage and the German Museums Association are the main partners of this event. Culture heritage will be given a stronger focus in this year’s fair. Read more

The signing of the Entebbe Declaration ended INTO's 15th International Conference of National Trusts in Entebbe, Uganda. INTO, the International National Trusts Organisation is a valued partner of Europa Nostra. Recently, during The Best in Heritage conference in Dubrovnik, INTO also joined Europa Nostra in the Global Heritage Forum. Read more

The Secretary General of Europa Nostra was one the main speakers at the conference ‘Developing business models to meet the challenges of the 21st century’, promoted by the European Historic Houses Association (EHHA) in the framework of its annual meeting, in Brussels on 27 September. Sneška Quaedvlieg-Mihailović presented the progress of the heritage lobby in Europe in the last years, referring to the European Heritage Alliance 3.3 and the European project ‘Cultural Heritage Counts for Europe’, as well as Europa Nostra’s contributions to the discussions on the future EU programmes ‘Creative Europe’ and ‘Horizon 2020’, among other initiatives undertaken at national, European and internationals levels. Read more

ICOMOS Netherlands convened the conference ‘Protecting delta’s: heritage helps!’ from 23-28 September in Amsterdam to contribute towards safe and sustainable communities in delta regions. More than 100 water, heritage and planning experts from over 20 countries answered the call to share innovative strategies on heritage protection and water management, to build and promote linkages within and between communities, and to identify opportunities to collaborate for mutual benefits. Read more


Europa Nostra’s Industrial and Engineering Heritage Committee (IEHC) gathered in Zaandam, the Netherlands, from 7 to 10 November. It was the 10th time that the IEHC met since its creation in October 2008. During this gathering, which was hosted by Hildebrand de Boer, the members discussed the relevant issues related to the European Union Prize for Cultural Heritage/Europa Nostra Award as well as to endangered industrial heritage. Read more

Some 60 members of Europa Nostra Denmark visited the newly restored Hermitage Hunting Lodge in Dyrehaven, north of Copenhagen, on 2 October. Dating back to the 18th century, it was completely rehabilitated and reopened to the public in June 2013. Read more

The CreativeCH workshop ‘Business models for creative cooperation for industrial heritage’ took place in Plzen, Czech Republic, on 17 September. This initiative was held in the context of the preparation of Plzen 2015 - European Capital of Culture. As part of the preparation, ‘Culture Factory Week’ focused on the revitalisation of industrial heritage sites in Plzen, including the Svetovar Brewery, and their contribution to generating cultural activities in the city. The workshop was organised by Museu de la Ciència i de la Tècnica de Catalunya (mNACTEC) headquartered in Barcelona, Spain. Read more


27-29 November – Strasbourg, FRANCE
28 November – Paris, FRANCE
4-5-6 December – Brussels, BELGIUM


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.

• 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. 

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Bibliothèque Solvay, winner of a European Union Prize for Cultural Heritage/Europa Nostra Award in 2012. Courtesy of Bibliothèque Solvay
European Commission headquarters in Brussels. CC BY-NC 2.0, Richard Etnobofin
BOZAR, Henry Le Bœuf hall. Courtesy of BOZAR