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.
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?
6) What are the criteria to select the sites?
The selection is made on the basis of the outstanding heritage significance and cultural value of each of the sites as well as on the basis of the serious danger that they are facing. The level of engagement of local communities and the commitment of public and private stakeholders to saving these sites are considered as crucial added values. Another selection criterion is the potential of these sites to act as a catalyst for sustainable socio-economic development as well as a tool for promoting peace and dialogue within their localities and wider regions.
7) What type of help and support is given to the selected sites?
Teams of experts representing Europa Nostra and the European Investment Bank Institute, together with the organisations that nominated the sites and other partners, will assess each case by collecting information and by meeting with key stakeholders. These multidisciplinary teams will provide expert advice, identify possible sources of funding and help mobilise wide support to save these heritage landmarks. At the end of the assessment process, they will formulate and communicate a set of recommendations for future action.
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) 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.
10) 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.