Frequently Asked Questions

We compiled a list of Frequently Asked Questions for the 7 Most Endangered programme. Click on the questions to read the answers.

1) What is the 7 Most Endangered programme?


Launched in 2013, the 7 Most Endangered programme is a civil society campaign to save Europe’s endangered heritage. It raises awareness, prepares independent assessments, proposes recommendations for action and seeks to rally support to save the selected endangered sites. It does not guarantee direct funding but the listing of an endangered site often serves as a catalyst and incentive for mobilisation of the necessary public or private support, including funding. Read here about the programme’s positive impact and some of its “success stories”.


2) Who are the main partners of the 7 Most Endangered programme?


The 7 Most Endangered programme is run by Europa Nostra – the European Voice of Civil Society committed to Cultural and Natural Heritage – in partnership with the European Investment Bank Institute. It also has the support of the Creative Europe programme of the European Union, as part of Europa Nostra’s networking project ‘Sharing Heritage – Sharing Values’.


3) When is the next edition of the 7 Most Endangered programme?


As of 2020, the 7 Most Endangered programme is run on an annual basis. The 7 Most Endangered programme 2021 is open for nominations. The deadline to submit a nomination is 7 September 2020.


4) Who can submit nominations for the 7 Most Endangered programme?


You can nominate endangered heritage with the support of an organisation in your country that is already a member of Europa Nostra or directly by joining our pan-European network, as a member or associate organisation or as a new individual member.
Members of the European Heritage Alliance 3.3 can also submit a nomination for the programme.


5) How are the sites shortlisted and selected?


An international advisory panel, comprising specialists in history, archaeology, architecture, conservation and finance, meet to discuss the applications and to shortlist the most endangered monuments and sites. The final list of 7 sites is selected by the Board of Europa Nostra.


6) What are the criteria to select the sites?


The monuments and sites are selected while taking into account their outstanding heritage and cultural value as well as the imminent danger that they are facing. The engagement of local communities and the commitment of public and private stakeholders to saving these sites are also considered crucial. Another main criterion is the potential of these sites to act as a catalyst for sustainable socio-economic development.


7) What type of help and support is given to the selected sites and to the shortlisted sites?


Heritage and financial experts from Europa Nostra and the European Investment Bank Institute undertake missions to the 7 selected sites, together with the nominators. The multidisciplinary teams assess the sites and help formulate a feasible action plan for each of them, in close cooperation with national and local public and private stakeholders. The results and recommendations of these missions are summarised in technical and financial reports. The experts assist with the implementation of the actions plans that are initially proposed in the reports.
The programme partners do not undertake missions or produce reports about the shortlisted sites. However, they support the communication and awareness-raising campaigns that are implemented by the nominators of the shortlisted sites.


8) What is the European Investment Bank (EIB) Heritage Grant?


In the 2021 edition, for the first time since the launch of the programme in 2013, the selected 7 Most Endangered heritage sites will be eligible for an European Investment Bank (EIB) Heritage Grant of up to 10,000 euros per site. The EIB Heritage Grant can be allocated to the eligible selected 7 Most Endangered sites as an assistance for an agreed activity aimed to ensure the saving of the threatened site.


9) Do the programme partners produce technical and financial reports about the selected sites?


Yes, after the missions on site, the experts prepare technical and financial reports for each selected site, in collaboration with the nominators and relevant stakeholders. The programme partners also assist with the implementation of these reports. Assistance can, for instance, consist of concrete suggestions for alternative and viable (new or renewed) functions for the buildings or sites once restored; technical support to evaluate alternatives; financial advice in respect of European funding possibilities; help in finding suitable public or private partners or contributions to capacity building.


10) What does "Progress Update" refer to?


For the selected sites, there are reports and in some cases follow up ‘fiches’, in which progress is outlined. This refers to progress on plans/activities which are being implemented based on the recommendations of the reports.
The current categories are:
Good: there is good progress on implementing a plan on the site.
Partly completed: conservation has started.
Partly slow: there is slow progress on the implementation of the recommendations.
Slow: steps have been taken but there is slow progress.
Poor: difficulties remain.
Unavailable: there currently is no detailed information available.
Unstable: there is political instability
No mission: a mission on site was not carried out due to security/political reasons.


11) When are the reports published?


The technical and financial reports are normally released a few months after the missions.


12) How many sites have been selected for the 7 Most Endangered since its launch?


36 threatened monuments and heritage sites from 23 countries across Europe have been selected for the 7 Most Endangered. The first list was published in 2013, the second list in 2014, the third list in 2016, the fourth list in 2018 and the fifth list in 2020.

In 2016, the Venice Lagoon in Italy was declared the most endangered heritage site in Europe.


More questions? Please contact

Sara Zanini
Programme Coordinator
+32 (0) 2486 25 25

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