The European Union Prize for Cultural Heritage was launched in 2002 by the European Commission as part of the implementation of the Culture Program. Europa Nostra, the Pan-European Federation for Cultural Heritage, was selected to run this Awards Scheme on the basis of its long experience in publicly recognizing – at a European level – individual or joint excellence in the field of Cultural Heritage.
The EU Prize for Cultural Heritage / Europa Nostra Awards are granted annually to identify and promote best practices in the conservation of tangible cultural heritage, to stimulate the exchange of knowledge and experience throughout Europe, to enhance public awareness and appreciation of Europe’s cultural heritage, and to encourage further exemplary initiatives through the Power of Example.
Outstanding heritage achievements will be awarded in the following categories:
- Dedicated Service by Individuals or Organizations
- Education, Training and Awareness-Raising
Criteria for the assessment of entries include excellence in the work executed and preliminary research conducted, as well as respect for artistic, cultural and social value, setting, authenticity and integrity. Special attention will also be paid to sustainability, interpretation and presentation, educational work, funding and management, and social responsibility. Entries can be on a scale ranging from small to large, local to international, and should display a standard of work considered outstanding in a European context.
The EU Prize for Cultural Heritage / Europa Nostra Awards consists of two award levels. Up to six entries will be awarded a Grand Prize, which includes a monetary award of € 10 000. Up to twenty-five entries will be received an Award.