The European Heritage Label action is seeking professionals from a variety of disciplines to join its pool of experts. The European panel experts are responsible for carrying out the selection at the Union level.
The aim of this call is to establish a pool of experts for the European level of the selection process of the European Heritage Label. The European Commission will select 4 experts from this pool and appoint them as members of the panel for a three year long mandate.
The deadline for applications is 5 February 2023.
The Commission will consider the following during the selection process
complementarity of competences
a balanced geographical distribution
The call is open to citizens of the European Union. Public servants and representatives affiliated to national and European institutions are not eligible to participate in this call.
Applicants must demonstrate through their CV and cover letter that they meet the following criteria:
have a master’s degree in political science, history, social sciences, remembrance policy, cultural heritage, or similar
have at least 8 years of work experience in academia, teaching, research or a similar field
have previous experience in drafting reports for the EU or other international organisations, governments, or similar
have excellent oral and writing skills in English
have knowledge of cultural heritage issues within Europe, or of European cultural policies is an advantage
be available to devote an appropriate number of working days per year to the panel work
a motivation letter explaining why the applicant would like to be part of the European panel and how he/she could bring added value to the work of the panel
Only complete applications including the online form, the curriculum vitae and the motivation letter will be considered.
Role and duties of the EHL Experts
Roles and duties are described in detail in the legal decision establishing a European Union action for the European Heritage Label (Decision 1194/2011/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council).
The European Heritage Label highlights sites which have played a significant role in the history, culture and development of the EU. The ultimate goal is to strengthen people’s sense of belonging to the EU and to support intercultural dialogue.
By 2022, the European selection panel awarded the European Heritage Label to 60 sites in 22 countries. These sites carry forward an inclusive, people-centred and value-based definition of, and approach to cultural heritage. Each site is expected to develop and carry out activities that raise awareness of its role in the history and culture of Europe and/or the building of the EU.
With the attribution of the European Heritage Label, selected heritage sites become part of a renowned and prestigious network that has shaped the history of Europe. European Heritage Label sites invite visitors, especially young people, to discover all types of cultural heritage from a European perspective.
The European Heritage Label is different from other initiatives in the field of cultural heritage, such as the UNESCO World Heritage List, the UNESCO Conventions on Intangible Cultural Heritage or the Council of Europe’s Cultural Routes. This is because it puts the symbolic value of the site before the beauty or architectural quality of the site. The EHL also puts emphasis on the activities and educational dimension, especially for young people, the safeguarding and conservation of sites.