Enhancing the European dimension of cultural heritage
In December 2015 Strasbourg’s European quarter was awarded with the European Heritage Label. This label was created in 2007 by the European Commission. It aims to enhance the European dimension of cultural goods, monuments, natural or urban sites and remembrance places which bear witness to European history and legacy. Its goal is to promote and strengthen the sense of belonging of European citizens to a common identity and a common cultural area. It encourages respect, knowledge and attachment of the European citizens to their heritage.
The labelled sites are extremely diverse. They were milestones in the creation of today’s Europe. Spanning from the dawn of civilization to contemporary Europe, these sites celebrate and symbolise European ideals, values, history and integration, particularly that of "united in diversity". These sites were also chosen for the activities they propose to strengthen the sense of belonging to a European citizenship.
The European district was labelled thanks to a procedure undertaken by the city of Strasbourg in conjunction with the institutions located in the quarter (European Parliament, Council of Europe, European Court of Human Rights, Arte…). The label implies an action plan which will be brought into play by Lieu d’Europe in cooperation with the other partners. One of Lieu d’Europe’s aims is to promote European values and Strasbourg’s place in the European foundation. Lieu d’Europe will implement the label by communicating on it, reinforcing educational and digital tools, increasing the number of guided tours of the European quarter and developing multilingualism.
Getting this label led Strasbourg to think about making a European network between the different sites. This project could benefit from a co-funding of the European Commission through the Creative Europe Program.See the map
To date, the label gathers 29 sites in 24 countries and will continue to grow. In 2015, 8 other sites were awarded: Krapina Neanderthal site in Croatia, Olomouc Premyslid Castle and the Archdiocesan Museum in Czech Republic, Sagres Promontory in Portugal, Imperial Palace in Vienna, Historic Ensemble of the University of Tartu in Estonia, Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music in Budapest, Mundaneum in Mons in Belgium, and World War I Eastern Front Cemetery No. 123 in Poland.