De Raad van Europa heeft ingestemd met de ontwikkeling van een Europees Erfgoed Label EEL (Label du patrimoine européen, Label European Heritage, ) en heeft de Europese Commissie gevraagd om het Label verder te vertalen in een officiele EU actie, open voor deelname door alle Europese lidstaten.
First launched as an inter-governmental initiative in March 2007, to coincide with the celebration of 50 years of the European Union, the “Label “European Heritage” has already been granted to a series of sites ranging from the Court of Honour of the Pope’s Palace in Avignon (France) to the Capitol Square in Rome (Italy), from the Acropolis in Athens (Greece) to the Palace of Rundale in Latvia or the Naval docks in Gdansk (Poland).
In the years to come, the Label “European Heritage” will be granted to historic monuments, historic or natural sites, cultural landscapes or lieux de mémoire which reflect our shared history, common values and/or our common European heritage. The idea is that the participating Member States will nominate sites to receive a Label plaque to raise awareness of our shared history and heritage and to foster a sense of European citizenship.
Europa Nostra has welcomed this initiative from its very early stages. We believe that this new tool will contribute to making Europe’s citizens more aware of the European dimension of our cultural heritage and to developing a stronger sense of belonging and a deeper sense of community between them. Europa Nostra will continue to follow developments and will offer the Europe’s civil society contribution to the successful implementation of this newest EU cultural instrument.
For the report by the Council of the European Union on the adoption on 20 November of the “Label du patrimoine européen” http://register.consilium.europa.eu/pdf/en/08/st14/st14397.en08.pdf (English)