On 13 and 14 June, the 2022 Award Ceremony of the European Heritage Label in Brussels, celebrated the twelve sites selected in 2021. The European Heritage Label is a recognition of objects, events and locations that have played a significant role in the history and culture of Europe and the building of the European Union.
The labels are awarded every two years and are celebrated with a special ceremony. Because the previous award ceremony could not take place due to the corona measures, the representatives of the ten awarded locations of 2019 were also invited to the stage.
Despite the organisations’ efforts to attract and involve young people, the number of youngsters that contributed to these two days was rather limited, one of the attendants mentioned to the European Heritage Tribune.
2021 European Heritage Label sites
Independent experts from across Europe recommended the 12 sites out of 21 sites pre-selected by participating Member States under the 2021 EU Selection.
Ten years after the launching of this EU initiative in 2011, this sixth selection year brings to 60 the total number of sites holding the European Heritage Label.
In 2021, the European Heritage Label is awarded to
Cultural heritage is Europe’s soul. These beautiful sites embody our rich history, they are geographical manifestations of who we are. The European Heritage label sites are amongst the greatest gifts Europe has to offer and it is our duty to preserve them at all costs.
Mariya Gabriel, Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth
It aims to enhance people’s, and especially young people’s, understanding and appreciation of the European Union’s shared and diverse heritage while contributing.
The European Heritage Label has proven its relevance in strengthening intercultural dialogue and sense of belonging to the European Union. Subsequently, this EU action is instrumental in increasing local cultural tourism, sustainable economic benefits and community building across Europe.