Europa Nostra

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Europa Nostra flag in Gulbene © Raul Kern/cc-by-sa-3.0

Europa Nostra flag in Gulbene © Raul Kern/cc-by-sa-3.0

Europa Nostra (Italian for “Our Europe”) is a pan-European Federation for Cultural Heritage, representing citizens’ organisations that work on safeguarding Europe’s cultural and natural heritage. It is the voice of this movement to relevant international bodies, in particular the European Union, the Council of Europe and UNESCO. It has consultative status with UNESCO and is recognised as an NGO partner.

Europa Nostra’s network covers almost 50 countries across Europe and beyond. It is composed of over 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 the mission of Europa Nostra.

Antwerpen Centraal railway station - main entrance hall © DRG-fan/cc-by-sa-4.0 Eiderkanalschleuse © Holger.Ellgaard/cc-by-sa-3.0 Europa Nostra flag in Gulbene © Raul Kern/cc-by-sa-3.0 Nikolauskapelle in Ulm © Maimaid/cc-by-sa-4.0 Tiroler Mittelland - Nordkettenbahn Talstation © Mattes/cc-by-2.0-de
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Antwerpen Centraal railway station - main entrance hall © DRG-fan/cc-by-sa-4.0
Europa Nostra’s main goal is to place heritage and its benefits in the mainstream of public consciousness and to make heritage a higher priority for public policy 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 also seeks to highlight the importance of cultural heritage as a building block of European identity and as contributing to a strengthening sense of European citizenship.

Its activities are coordinated by an International Secretariat based in The Hague (Netherlands) headed by Europa Nostra’s Secretary General, Sneška Quaedvlieg-Mihailović (Netherlands/Serbia). In several countries, the International Secretariat is assisted in its tasks by country representations. Europa Nostra’s main activities are:

  1. to act as a representative lobby for cultural heritage in Europe
  2. to celebrate and promote excellence through the European Union Prize for Cultural Heritage / Europa Nostra Awards;
  3. to save Europe’s historic monuments, sites and cultural landscapes which are in danger, and
  4. to animate a network of cultural heritage stakeholders in Europe.

Read more on Europa Nostra and Wikipedia Europa Nostra (Smart Traveler App by U.S. Department of State - Weather report by weather.com - Global Passport Power Rank - Travel Risk Map - Democracy Index - GDP according to IMF, UN, and World Bank - Global Competitiveness Report - Corruption Perceptions Index - Press Freedom Index - World Justice Project - Rule of Law Index - UN Human Development Index - Global Peace Index - Travel & Tourism Competitiveness Index). Photos by Wikimedia Commons. If you have a suggestion, critique, review or comment to this blog entry, we are looking forward to receive your e-mail at comment@wingsch.net. Please name the headline of the blog post to which your e-mail refers to in the subject line.




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