From the Media - Part 13

posted by maximilian hartmuth on 2005/07/30 12:58

[ From the Media ]

Among this years's winner of the European Union Prize for Cultural Heritage/Europa Nostra Awards one of the awarded projects is in Southeast Europe; the Hill Church of Sighisoara (Romania) was awarded winner under the category "Architectural Heritage". ---


The Hague / Bergen 3 June 2005: The European Union and Europa Nostra – the pan-European federation for heritage – today announced the winners of the European Union Prize for Cultural Heritage/Europa Nostra Awards 2004 at a European Awards Ceremony at the Håkonshallen in Bergen, Norway.

Europa Nostra’s President, HRH the Prince Consort of Denmark, and Mr Harald Hartung, Head of Culture Unit at the Directorate-General for Education and Culture of the European Commission, presented the awards to 38 laureates from 21 countries across Europe. Five top monetary prizes of €10,000 were awarded, in addition to thirteen Medals and twenty Diplomas for a series of exemplary achievements throughout Europe.

The monetary prizes were awarded to:

- The Hill Church of Sighişoara, Transylvania (Romania) Architectural Heritage Category
- The Heathland Centre, Lygra (Norway) Cultural Landscapes Category
- Varusschlacht im Osnabrücker Land Museum und Park, Kalkriese (Germany), Archaeological Sites Category
- Strategies for Environmental Quality and Energy Efficiency in Museum Buildings (Italy) Studies in the field of Cultural heritage Category
- Judge Maurice Caruana Curran (Malta) Dedicated Service to Heritage Conservation Category

The European Heritage Awards Scheme was launched in 2002 by the European Commission, as part of the implementation of the EU Culture 2000 Programme. Europa Nostra was selected to run this Awards Scheme, on the basis of its long experience in publicly recognising – on a European level – individual or joint excellence in the heritage field. The aims of this Scheme are twofold: to promote high standards and quality skills of conservation practice and to stimulate the trans-frontier exchanges in the heritage field.

“This Awards Scheme recognises the skills required to ensure the quality of heritage conservation in an enlarged Europe and is indicative of the support and partnership between the European Commission and cultural heritage practitioners across Europe who protect our historic environment throughout Europe. Support for protecting cultural heritage is instrumental in reaching out to the new Member States with their rich and diverse cultural heritage, which constitutes an enrichment for the Union,” said Ján Figel’, Member of the European Commission responsible for Education, Training, Culture and Multilingualism. “I heartily congratulate the laureates for their achievements and for their contribution to protecting our collective culture, without which we would not be able to experience our collective history and without which our continent would be a less beautiful place,” he concluded.

Europa Nostra’s President, HRH The Prince Consort of Denmark, added “I can only be delighted that the new European Commission has publicly committed itself to support the reinforcement of the cultural dimension of European integration. Programmes such as the European Union Prize for Cultural Heritage / Europa Nostra Awards undoubtedly contribute to enhancing the visibility of this goal. I look forward to the future development of this programme, which celebrates the excellence and know-how of the numerous cultural heritage operators throughout our continent, and which encourages the exchange of knowledge and best practices at a European level.”

For more information, please contact:

Charlotte O'Connor
Communications Officer, Europa Nostra
Pan-European Federation for Heritage
Tel. +31 70 302 4055 or +31 6 1286 1494
Fax. +31 70 361 78 65

Details of all winning projects are available on

Europa Nostra, the pan-European Federation for Heritage, is the representative platform of over 200 heritage NGOs active throughout Europe. It is the voice of this vast movement of European civil society active in the field of heritage towards international bodies concerned, in particular the European Union Institutions, the Council of Europe and UNESCO. Europa Nostra is dedicated to putting heritage and its benefits in the mainstream of public consciousness and to making heritage a priority for public policies both at European and national levels. Its specific objectives are to promote, at a European level, high standards of quality in the fields of heritage conservation, architecture, urban and rural planning and to advocate a balanced and sustainable development of urban and rural, built and natural environment. Europa Nostra supports national and international campaigns for the preservation and rescue of Europe’s heritage at risk. It encourages exemplary initiatives in favour of the conservation and enhancement of cultural heritage by recognising outstanding heritage achievements, in particular through the running of the European Union Prize for Cultural Heritage / Europa Nostra Awards. Through its various activities, Europa Nostra seeks to highlight the importance of cultural heritage as a building block of European identity and as a contribution to the strengthening of the sense of European citizenship.



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