What is the European Heritage Label?
the European Heritage Label (EHL) was created as an EU initiative in 2011. It aims to harness the potential of heritage sites to strengthen European citizens’ sense of belonging to the Union, as well as their appreciation of national and regional diversity , mutual understanding and intercultural dialogue. To date, 48 sites have been labeled across Europe.
The Label is awarded to sites which have symbolic European value and develop a project to promote their European importance. In particular, the EHL websites aim to increase awareness and understanding of European history, in particular through educational activities, and to improve accessibility by promoting multilingualism and exploiting the opportunities offered by the news. technologies and digital means.
Within the framework of the European Heritage Label action, sites can be monuments; natural, submarine, archaeological, industrial or urban sites; cultural landscapes; places of memory; and cultural goods and objects and intangible heritage associated with a place, including contemporary heritage.
EHL’s network of sites spans over 100,000 years of European history, starting with Krapina Neanderthal Prehistoric Site and Museum where visitors can discover how the first human communities in Europe lived. Among the other EHL sites, the Charter of the Law on the Abolition of the Death Penalty, Lisbon, and the Pan-European Picnic Memorial Park, for example, embody the values of respect for human dignity and human rights, freedoms, equality, solidarity, citizens’ rights and justice on which the Union is founded. The network also includes sites that have played a direct role in the process of European integration, including the European Quarter of Strasbourg, the Schengen village and the Maastricht Treaty.
The European Heritage Label is open to heritage sites located in Member States of the European Union, and the following Member States have expressed interest in participating in the EPL: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Croatia, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Estonia, Greece, Spain, France, Italy, Cyprus, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Hungary, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovenia and Slovakia. Discover the map of EHL sites
European heritage label and digital tools
A key element of EHL is to increase the visibility, attractiveness and accessibility of sites on a European scale thanks to the possibilities offered by digital tools, and EHL sites have various stages to integrate digital in their activities. The examples reported in the 2020 monitoring report focus in particular on:
Another major achievement of the European Heritage Label has been the promotion of multilingualism online, in particular through the Map of EHL sites, hosted by Münster and Osnabrück – Westphalian Peace Sites, which is available in all official languages of the Member States participating in the action.
EHL’s action aims to further exploit the opportunities offered by the development of digital tools through the growing network of sites.
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The pre-selection of sites for the European Heritage Label is organized by the national coordinators in each participating Member State. The final selection of sites for the award of the label is carried out at European Union level every two years.
For more examples of how digital can be used to support and enrich built heritage, explore Europeana’s page on the New European Bauhaus.