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?


The 7 Most Endangered is an awareness-raising programme. It identifies endangered monuments and sites in Europe and mobilises public and private partners to find a viable future for those sites. Its serves as a catalyst for action and promotes the “power of example”. The 7 Most Endangered is not a funding programme.


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


Nominations can be submitted by Europa Nostra’s member and associate organisations as well as by established public and private bodies that are active in the heritage field and which are located in countries where Europa Nostra is not yet represented.

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


The 7 Most Endangered is a biennial programme. The next edition will run in 2020.


4) 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.


5) 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.


6) 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 strongly support the communication and awareness-raising campaigns that are implemented by the nominators of the shortlisted sites.


7) 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.


8) 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.


9) When are the reports published?


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


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


29 threatened monuments and heritage sites from 19 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 and the fourth list in 2018. In 2016, the Venice Lagoon in Italy was declared the most endangered heritage site in Europe.


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


The 7 Most Endangered programme is run by Europa Nostra, the leading European heritage organisation, in partnership with the European Investment Bank Institute. It is also supported by the Creative Europe programme of the European Union, as part of Europa Nostra’s networking project ‘Sharing Heritage – Sharing Values’.


More questions? Please contact

Elena Bianchi
Programme Coordinator
+31 (0) 70 302 40 58

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