Frequently Asked Questions

We compiled a list of 11 Frequently Asked Questions about the European Heritage Awards / Europa Nostra Awards.

1) Which countries are eligible?

Countries eligible for the European Heritage Awards/Europa Nostra Awards, taking part in the Creative Europe programme of the European Union:
Albania, Armenia, Austria, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czechia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Kosovo*, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Moldova, Montenegro, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Republic of North Macedonia, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Tunisia, Ukraine and United Kingdom**.
Countries eligible for the Europa Nostra Awards only:
Andorra, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Faroe Islands***, Holy See, Israel***, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Russia, San Marino, Switzerland and Turkey.

*This designation is without prejudice to positions on status, and is in line withUNSCR 1244/1999 and the ICJ Opinion on the Kosovo declaration of independence.
**For the latest update on the eligibility of UK, please check
***Faroe Islands and Israel are also eligible for the Europa Nostra Awards given the fact that they are signatories of the Horizon 2020 programme.

2) When is the deadline?

The deadline of the 2020 edition of the Awards was 1 October 2019.

3) What are the categories?

There are 4 categories:
– Conservation
Outstanding achievements in the conservation, enhancement and adaptation to new uses of cultural heritage in any of the above-mentioned areas.
– Research
Outstanding research projects which lead to tangible effects in the conservation and enhancement of cultural heritage in Europe in any of the above-mentioned areas.
– Dedicated Service
Open to individuals or organisations whose contributions over a long period of time demonstrate excellence in the protection, conservation and enhancement of cultural heritage relating to any of the above-mentioned areas in Europe and far exceeding normal expectations in the given context.
– Education, Training and Awareness-Raising
Outstanding initiatives related to education, training and awareness-raising in the field of tangible and/or intangible cultural heritage in any of the above-mentioned areas, to promote and/or to contribute to the sustainable development of the environment.

4) What are the areas?

– Architectural heritage: single buildings or groups of buildings in rural or urban setting;
– Building additions or alterations, or new building projects within historic areas;
– Industrial and engineering structures and sites;
– Cultural landscapes: historic urban environments or townscapes, city or town squares and streetscapes;
– Historic parks and gardens, larger areas of designed landscape or of cultural, environmental and/or agricultural significance;
– Archaeological sites, including underwater archaeology;
– Works of art and collections: collections of artistic and historic significance or old works of art;
– Intangible cultural heritage as practices, representations, expressions, as well as the knowledge and skills that communities, groups and, in some cases, individuals recognise as part of their cultural heritage;
– Digitisation projects of cultural heritage.

5) What are the type of awards?

All the winners receive a certificate as well as a bronze wall plaque to be put up at the awarded building or heritage site.
The Grand Prix laureates also receive €10,000 each.
There is also a special certificate for the winner of the Public Choice Award.

6) What is the Public Choice Award?

The Public Choice Award is given to the most voted winner, following an online poll hosted on the Europa Nostra website.

7) What is ILUCIDARE?

ILUCIDARE is a project funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme (grant agreement No. 821394) with the aim of establishing an international network promoting heritage as a resource for innovation and in international cooperation.

The European Heritage Awards / Europa Nostra Awards will contribute to ILUCIDARE by identifying, promoting and facilitating the upscaling of best practices in cultural heritage-led innovation and diplomacy. In 2020 and 2021, two ILUCIDARE Special Prizes will be awarded from among the submitted applications.

8) How are the winners selected?

Independent juries select the winners, after carefully reviewing all entries and having jury meetings.

9) How many winners are selected every year?

Up to 30 winners are selected every year.

10) When is the European Heritage Awards Ceremony taking place?

The next European Heritage Awards Ceremony will take place in June 2020.

11) What are the Local Award ceremonies?

The Local Award ceremonies are national ceremonies to further celebrate the winners in their country of origin.

More questions? Please contact

Elena Bianchi
Heritage Awards Coordinator
+31 (0) 70 302 40 58

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