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The 7 Most Endangered

Europe's leading heritage organisation Europa Nostra has launched its new flagship programme under the name of The 7 Most Endangered, with the European Investment Bank Group, represented by the EIB Institute, as its founding partner. This programme will identify endangered monuments and sites in Europe and mobilize public and private partners on a local, national and European level to find a sustainable future for those sites.

The first list of The 7 Most Endangered will be announced during Europa Nostra's 50th anniversary Congress in Athens, Greece, on 16 June 2013. An international Advisory Panel will short-list 14 most endangered sites and the final list of 7 will be selected by the Europa Nostra Board. Nominations of most endangered sites can be made by Europa Nostra member or associate organisations or Europa Nostra's country representations, the full list of which is available on the Europa Nostra website.

Deadline for the submission of nominations is 15 March 2013.

After the selection of The 7 Most Endangered, the experts selected by the EIB Institute and other associated partners will visit each of the 7 sites in close consultation with local stakeholders and will propose realistic and sustainable action plans for saving those sites. The Council of Europe Development Bank (CEB) based in Paris will be one of the associated partners for this phase of the programme. The plans would include advice on how funding could be obtained, e.g. by drawing on EU funds or, in appropriate cases, on EIB or CEB loans. Europa Nostra's extensive network of heritage organisations will mobilise local communities and public or private bodies to strengthen the ownership and commitment for the 7 selected heritage sites in danger.

The 7 Most Endangered is inspired by a successful programme of the US National Trust for Historic Preservation, based in Washington. It will however go one crucial step further it will not only identify a priority list of heritage sites in danger; it will also propose concrete rescue plans indicating what could and should be done to save those sites. Besides generating public interest and enthusiasm the programme will bring people together to create sustainable solutions through feasibility studies, technical advice, capacity and funding assistance, project management support and wide-scale publicity. In this way, The 7 Most Endangered will work as a catalyst for action.

For more information please visit: www.europanostra.org/7-most-endangered/

Contact: EUROPA NOSTRA: Sneska Quaedvlieg-Mihailovic, Secretary General, e-mail: sqm@europanostra.org; and EIB and EIB Institute: Sabine Parisse, Deputy Head of Division, Press Officer, e-mail: s.parisse@eib.org