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EUROPA NOSTRA Pan-European Federation for Heritage - NEWSLETTER Spring 2005
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NEWSLETTER Spring 2005

EUROPA NOSTRA Pan-European Federation for Heritage
Lange Voorhout 35
NL-2514 EC The Hague
Please send your comments and input to:

TEL +31 70 302 40 50/51/55
FAX +31 70 361 78 65
office@europanostra.org
www.europanostra.org
Mark Snethlage, Editor (imo@europanostra.org)


HIGHLIGHTS

Since December 2004, EUROPA NOSTRA

held a meeting of its European Policy Working Group that exchanged views with Mr Harald Hartung, Head of Unit (European Commission, DG EAC) and discussed the draft position paper Cultural Heritage Counts for Europe to be submitted to the EU Institutions shortly [more on page 2 and 3]

has met the Chairman of the European Parliaments Culture and Education Committee, Mr Nikolaos Sifunakis [more on page 4]

has endorsed the 70 Cents for Culture Campaign initiated by ECF and EFAH [more on page 3]

has taken part in the European Heritage Tax Group, to prepare the new phase in the VAT campaign
[more on page 3]

met Dr Erhard Busek, Special Co-ordinator of the Stability Pact for South East Europe [more on page 4]

has written to the European Parliament on New Draft Regulations for the Structural Funds [more on page 4]

met Mr Ren van der Linden, the new Chairman of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe

has been invited to participate in a Donors Conference for the cultural heritage in Kosovo to be organised by UNESCO on 13 May 2005 in Paris
[more on page 28]

has participated in the EUCLID Seminar The European Union Approach to Culture
[more on page 5]

has received many official replies from European Governments to its Declaration on the Impact of Wind Power on the Countryside [more on page 19]

has successfully campaigned together with Danish NGOs against plans for high rise buildings in Copenhagens historic centre [more on page 9]

has monitored the ongoing threats to Trim Castle in Ireland [more on page 9]

has followed the developments in the Rosia Montana area (Romania) [more on page 9]

wrote to Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Abdullah Gl about the unique Roman Baths near Bergamo (Turkey) threatened by a dam construction project
[more on page 9]

has sent a call for registration for the Europa Nostra Congress in Bergen: deadline 15 April 2005
[more on page 6]

has launched its new representation in the Czech Republic under the patronage of Vclav Havel
[more on page 6]

held an informal meeting with UK Member Organisations [more on page 7]

has prepared an overview of funding instruments for the heritage sector [more on page 22]

has given its patronage to the Europa Nostra Heritage Film Festival, Toblach/Dobbiaco (Italy)
[more on page 12]

has selected thirty-eight laureates to be announced at the European Heritage Awards Ceremony in Bergen (Norway) on 3 June [more on page 11]

has announced the Call for Entries for the EU Prize for Cultural Heritage / Europa Nostra Awards 2005, available on Europa Nostras website [more on page 11]

has presented the Restoration Fund Grant to Trnka House in Prague [more on page 7]

has produced its Cultural Heritage Review (due to be available at the end of April 2005) focusing on the work of its member organisations [more on page 10]

was present at The European Fine Art Fair (TEFAF) for the second consecutive year [more on page 10]


CONTENTS


Influencing Policy 2 Funding Heritage Conservation and Enhancement 20
Exchanging Ideas and Experiences 6 Member Organisations' Anniversaries 22
Campaigning for Endangered Heritage 9 Cultural Heritage and Society 24
Raising Awareness 10 The European Union 25
Recognising Outstanding Heritage Achievements 11 The Council of Europe 27
Youth, Education, Training and Research 14 UNESCO 28
Landscapes 17 Obituaries 29
Colophon 30



INFLUENCING POLICY


CULTURAL HERITAGE COUNTS FOR EUROPE

Europa Nostra is currently finalising a comprehensive Position Paper Cultural Heritage counts for Europe to be submitted to the EU Institutions shortly. The document has been prepared by the European Policy Working Group under the Chairmanship of Rupert Strachwitz. It will be submitted to the Council of Europa Nostra for its endorsement at its next meeting on 2 June 2005 in Bergen.

The position paper is Europa Nostras newest contribution to the growing debate across Europe on EUs future strategy and action for culture and cultural heritage. It strongly supports the present move towards an enhanced cultural dimension of the European integration process, as reflected by the provisions of the European Constitution and as confirmed by the President of the European Commission, Jos Manuel Barroso, at the very beginning of the 5-year term of the new Commission.

The position paper underlines the multiple benefits which cultural heritage provides for Europes society, environment and economy. It also stresses the political significance of cultural heritage as an indispensable cohesive factor in the on-going process of European integration. In this document, Europa Nostra therefore advocates a more proactive implementation of the existing EU complementary competence with regard to culture and cultural heritage. It pleads in favour of a development by the European Union of a true strategy and comprehensive action in favour of cultural heritage, which should encompass all EU policy and action having a direct or indirect impact on heritage, and not only the EU action directed related to culture. Such a strategy needs to be developed in consultation with the organised civil society committed to cultural heritage, and taking fully into account the acquis of international organisations, such as the Council of Europe and UNESCO.

Further information: Sneska Quaedvlieg-Mihailovic, Secretary General, tel: +31.70.302.40.56; email: sg@europanostra.org



LOBBYING FOR A VAT REDUCTION NEEDS URGENT SUPPORT
FROM MEMBER ORGANISATIONS AT NATIONAL LEVEL

The objective of the European Heritage Tax Group is to advocate the inclusion of repair and maintenance work of historic buildings and monuments on the list of goods and services for which the EU Member States may apply a reduced rate of VAT. This list is known as Annex H to the proposed EU Council Directive on reduced rates of VAT which is now under review. Europa Nostra and its partners believe that reducing VAT in the heritage sector benefits society and the economy, inter alia because of increased income from the tourism sector and the generation of new jobs. The European Parliament has put forward amendments to the proposal drafted by the Commission, and the next step is for the Council to agree on the final text. Therefore, the advocacy work of civil society should increasingly focus on convincing the Member States, many of which will be reluctant to accept the full list of reduced VAT goods and services because of the supposed decrease in tax income. This was pointed out by the European Heritage Tax Group at its latest meeting in Brussels on 30 March. In 2003, the Group wrote a position paper on the matter, clearly presenting the social and economic benefits of VAT reduction on repair and maintenance work on historic buildings. The Group is currently revising this document that should help national heritage organisations to support this important campaign for the conservation of Europes heritage

Further information: Anita Pollack, Council Member of Europa Nostra & Head of European Policy at English Heritage anita.pollack@english-heritage.org.uk

EUROPA NOSTRA SUPPORTS 70 CENTS FOR CULTURE CAMPAIGN

On 15 March, EFAH, the European Federation for the Arts and Heritage and ECF, the European Cultural Foundation launched the campaign 70 cents for Culture. 2005 is a crucial year for determining the next multi-annual EU budget and for funding the new cultural framework programme the successor to Culture 2000. The campaign aims to influence the programme's budget, which will be fixed for the seven years 2007 - 2013. The 70 Cents for Culture campaign requests an increase of the budget for Culture 2007 to 315 million euros per year, which will amount to 70 cents instead of the current 7 cents per citizen per year.
On 12 April, over 1,000 signatures were already obtained in support of the campaign. Among the most prominent signatories are: Princess Margriet of the Netherlands, President of the ECF, Pedro Almodvar (Spain), Film Director; Jacques Delors (France), former President of the European Commission, Gnter Grass (Germany), author, Catherine Lalumire, former Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Pierre Moscovici (F), Vice President of the European Parliament, and several members of the EP Pierre Moscovici (France), Vice President of the European Parliament, and several members of the EP, Adolf Muschg (Switzerland), author and President of the German Academy of the art; Richard von Weizscker (Germany), former President of Germany. Europa Nostras Executive President, Otto von der Gablentz, has also signed the document in support of the campaign and Europa Nostras members have been encouraged to support the campaign as well.

Further information: www.efah.org, www.eurocult.org


EUROPEAN POLICY WORKING GROUP MEETS IN BRUSSELS WITH HARALD HARTUNG

At its meeting on 1 February in Brussels, the European Policy Working Group exchanged views with Mr Harald Hartung, Head of Unit Culture at the European Commission DG Education and Culture. Europa Nostra voiced its concern over the proposed Culture 2007 Programme and its somewhat limited specific objectives, namely :

(a) to promote the transnational mobility of people working in the cultural sector;
(b) to encourage the transnational circulation of works and cultural and artistic
products;
(c) to encourage intercultural dialogue.

Europa Nostra questioned whether these objectives would offer enough opportunities for the submission of cultural heritage projects and advocated the need to add to those objectives one additional one which would make it clear that multilateral cooperation projects in the field of cultural heritage (both immovable and movable) would be duly taken into consideration.

Related documentation: http://europa.eu.int/comm/culture/eac/other_actions/after_2006/after2006_en.html


EUROPA NOSTRA DELEGATION MEETS CHAIRMAN OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENTS CULTURE AND EDUCATION COMMITTEE

On 1 February, a Europa Nostra delegation headed by Executive President Mr Otto von der Gablentz, met Mr Nikolaos Sifunakis, MEP, the Chairman of the European Parliament Committee on Culture and Education. A conservation architect by training, Mr Sifunakis showed a keen interest in Europa Nostras objectives and activities. He therefore expressed his full support to Europa Nostras request for a public hearing with the EPs Committee on Culture and Education to be organised in the near future. He also welcomed Europa Nostras plans to organise a civil society meeting in Kosovo that should bring together representatives of all ethnic, cultural, religious and linguistic communities of the region in order to encourage the restoration and protection of all Kosovos cultural heritage - irrespective of its cultural or religious origin - and to promote the role of cultural heritage as a tool for mutual understanding and reconciliation.

Related documentation: www.europarl.eu.int/committees/cult_home.htm


VICE PRESIDENT COSTA CARRAS MEETS DR ERHARD BUSEK, SPECIAL CO-ORDINATOR OF THE STABILITY PACT FOR SOUTH-EAST EUROPE

On 1 February, Dr Erhard Busek and Mr Costa Carras spoke, among others, about the precarious situation of the endangered monuments and landscapes of Kosovo that were greatly damaged in the late 1990s and also more recently in March 2004. Dr Busek welcomed the possible organisation by Europa Nostra of a civil society meeting in Prizren (see previous item, see also page 25).

Related documentation: www.stabilitypact.org


EXECUTIVE PRESIDENT WRITES TO THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT ON DRAFT REGULATIONS FOR THE EUROPEAN REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT FUND (2007-2013)

The EU Structural Funds are the major source of funding for heritage conservation and enhancement across the European Union. New Draft Regulations for 2007 - 2013 presented by the Commission are now being reviewed by the European Parliament. At the beginning of April, Europa Nostras Executive President wrote to Mr Giovanni Claudio Fava, MEP to congratulate him on his draft Report to the Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on the European Regional Development Fund (presented by the Commission as COM(2004) 495). Europa Nostra specifically welcomed the amendments that highlight the importance of actions in favour of safeguarding and enhancing the environment and the cultural heritage in the context of the Unions sustainable development strategy, and those that strengthen the urban dimension of the future ERDF. Subsequently, Europa Nostra urged all the members of the European Parliament Committee on Regional Development to endorse the amendments proposed by Mr Fava.

Related documentation:
http://europa.eu.int/eur-lex/lex/LexUriServ/site/en/com/2004/com2004_0495en01.pdf
http://www.europarl.eu.int/meetdocs/2004_2009/documents/PR/558/558373/558373en.pdf

Further information: Sneska Quaedvlieg-Mihailovic, Secretary General,
email: sg@europanostra.org


EUROPA NOSTRAS SECRETARY GENERAL SPEAKS AT THE EUCLID SEMINAR
THE EUROPEAN UNION APPROACH TO CULTURE


The event, organised in London by Euclid International (an organisation which also acts as the UK Cultural Contact Point) aimed at exploring the background and context for the EUs stance on culture and the implications of its current state of change for culture in the Union. In her presentation, Sneka Quaedvlieg Mihailović, Secretary General of Europa Nostra, underlined the need for increased cooperation between the various stakeholders in the wider field of culture if culture were to be recognised by the EU Institutions as one of the main objectives of the Union. She also highlighted the multiple benefits which cultural heritage has for the society, the environment and the economy of Europe today and pleaded in favour of the development of a true EU strategy in favour of the safeguard and enhancement of Europes cultural heritage. Other speakers at the seminar included: Gottfried Wagner, Secretary General of the European Cultural Foundation, Ilona Kish, Secretary General of EFAH and Roger Tropeano, President of Les Rencontres the Association of European Cities and Regions for Culture

Related documentation: www.euclid.info


MEETING WITH REPRESENTATIVES OF THE WORKING GROUP ON
EU DIRECTIVES AND CULTURAL HERITAGE

On 16 March, Dr Terje Nypan (Norway), Chairman of the Working Group on EU Directives and Cultural Heritages Chairman and Mr Jacques Akerboom (The Netherlands), one the leading members of the Group, paid a visit to Europa Nostras headquarters in The Hague to identify ways for possible future cooperation with our fedeeration. Europa Nostra had been represented at the Working Groups last meeting in Milan in November 2004 by Ms Elonore de Merode, Heritage Awards Co-ordinator. Dr Nypan reported a study on Cultural Heritage Monuments and historic buildings as value generators in a post-industrial economy that had been published on the Working Groups internet site (see below), and contained strong arguments and telling figures about the economical role and value of the cultural heritage. Europa Nostra was invited to attend the next meeting of the Group which will take place on 16-18 May in Oslo and Mr Terje Nypan was invited as a guest to the next meeting of Europa Nostras European Policy Working Group which will take place on 1 June in Bergen.

Further information: www.hmg.polimi.it/coop/




EXCHANGING IDEAS AND EXPERIENCES


EUROPA NOSTRA CONGRESS IN BERGEN

15 April 2005 is the final deadline to register for the Bergen Conference which will take place in this Norwegian Hanseatic World Heritage City from 1 - 3 June 2005. A post Congress tour through the Norwegian fjords and mountains is planned for 4 and 5 June and has limited places available. The main elements of the programme are: the General Assembly, the European Heritage Awards Ceremony, the Forum Safeguarding Coastal Culture, and the post congress tour.

Further information: Tamara van Kessel, Membership & Events Officer, meo@europanostra.org
Tel. +31 70 302 40 53


EUROPA NOSTRA ANNOUNCES ITS 2006 CONGRESS IN MALTA

On 16 - 20 May 2006, Europa Nostra will hold its annual Congress and General Assembly in Valetta (Malta). The event will be followed by an optional five-day post-Congress tour. Europa Nostras member organisation Din lArt Helwa (www.dinlarthelwa.org) is the main partner in organising this Congress. The General Assembly will take place on 18 May. Cultural Tourism and Heritage is the theme of the Forum on 19 May. The Congress will be followed by a five - day Europa Nostra Heritage Tour starting on 21 May.

Further information: Tamara van Kessel, Membership & Events Officer, meo@europanostra.org
Tel. +31 70 302 40 53


LAUNCH OF EUROPA NOSTRA REPRESENTATION IN THE CZECH REPUBLIC UNDER THE PATRONAGE OF VCLAV HAVEL

On 17 March 2005, the Europa Nostra Representation in the Czech Republic was officially launched under the patronage of Mr Vclav Havel during a Ceremony that coincided with the handing out of the Restoration Fund Grant 2003 to Trnka House (see below). The Representation will act as a liaison between the Czech heritage organisations and the Europa Nostra Headquarters in The Hague, thereby enabling Europa Nostra to better defend its interests at a European level. It will also improve Europa Nostras visibility in the Czech Republic and facilitate a regular exchange of information.

A Working Session with the major Czech heritage non-governmental organisations at Nostic Palace in the morning of 17 March, brought together organisations which will be at the heart of this new initiative. The meeting was chaired by Mrs Catharina Collet, Vice-President of Europa Nostra. Those present included the Association of Castles and Manor Houses, the Association of Czech, Moravian and Silesian Towns and Cities, the Civic Forum Foundation, the Czech Cubism Foundation, the Society of Friends of Antiquities, the Society of Friends of the Beuron Order's Art, the Society of Friends of Sychrov Castle, the Rozmberk Society and the Society for Old Prague. Besides NGOs, the National Institute for the Protection and Conservation of Monuments and Sites and the Official in Charge of European Affairs of the Department of Historic Monuments in the Czech Ministry of Culture were also represented.

Further information: www.europanostra.org/lang_en/0520_news_czech_pressrelease.html


CENTRAL AND EASTERN EUROPE WORKING GROUP MEETING IN PRAGUE

Following the public launch of the Europa Nostra Representation in the Czech Republic and the handing out of the Restoration Fund Grant 2003 to Mr Jan Trnka, on 18 March there was a meeting of the Central and Eastern Europe Working Group, under the Chairmanship of Dr Andrea H. Schuler, Vice-President of Europa Nostra. The Working Group was honoured to have been granted by the Ministry of Culture the use of the Billiard Room at Nostic Palace. Great satisfaction was expressed about the action initiated in the Czech Republic and about the Heritage at Risk Pilot Scheme that the Transylvania Trust together with other Romanian heritage NGOs will be launching in April. Progress was made with the plans for a civil society meeting in Kosovo to make sure their heritage is used as a means for reconstruction and not as a target for destruction. The importance of combining heritage projects with the development of participation processes was a recurring subject during the meeting which will certainly require attention in future.

Further information: www.europanostra.org/lang_en/0520_news_czech_pressrelease.html



EUROPA NOSTRA FRANCE LIAISON COMMITTEE MEETS IN PARIS

On 6 April, the Liaison Committee of Europa Nostra met in Paris, under the chairmanship of Robert de Lotoing dAnjony, and in the presence of the Europa Nostra Secretary General. Other French members of the Europa Nostra Council took part in this meeting (Paule Albrecht, Isabelle de Broglie, Denis de Kergorlay) as well as Claude Veyssire-Pomot, French member of the Heritage Awards Jury (category 1). The aim of the meeting was to examine the guidelines for the Europa Nostra country representations which were adopted by the Management Committee in January and to discuss the best ways implement those guidelines in France. The need for a regular liaison with the G-8 Group - which brings together Presidents of eight most important French heritage NGOs - was emphasised and plans were made for a more visible presence of Europa Nostra at this years Salon du Patrimoine at the beginning of November, including the possible organisation of a public debate in cooperation with the Association des Journalistes du Patrimoine. Finally, the Europa Nostra France Liaison Committee agreed to invest special efforts encouraging a larger number of high quality project entries from France for the EU Prize for Cultural Heritage / Europa Nostra Awards.



LIAISON MEETING WITH UK MEMBER ORGANISATIONS IN LONDON

A liaison meeting with Europa Nostras UK member organisations was organised at the National Trust headquarters in London on 9 March, under the chairmanship of John Sell, Europa Nostra Vice-President and in the presence of Europa Nostras Secretary General. Representatives of the following organisations attended the meeting: The Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings, The Historic Chapels Trust, The Oxford Preservation Trust, the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historic Monuments of Wales, SAVE Britains Heritage & SAVE Europes Heritage, the International Trust for Croatian Monument. The exchange of views was very valuable and demonstrated the importance of a regular two-way communication between Europa Nostra and its member organisations. Europa Nostra intends to continue with the continuation of similar liaison meetings throughout Europe with the aim to serve better the needs of its members and in order to reflect better their views and concerns at European level.



EUROPA NOSTRA NEIGHBOURHOOD CONFERENCE IN TALINN (ESTONIA)

A Neighbourhood Conference bringing together the Europa Nostra Council members and member organisations representatives from Scandinavia and the Baltic Countries will take place in Talinn (Estonia) on 15 - 17 April. The meeting is intended to stimulate the exchange of ideas and experiences between the organisations operating in the region and to ensure a regular liaison with the Europa Nostra Headquarters in The Hague. The possible creation of a Europa Nostra representation in Estonia will be one of the important agenda items.

Further information: Karin Hallas Karin@arhitektuurimuuseum.ee, Catharina Collet catahrina@collet.dk


BUILDING CARE PROGRAMME RECEIVES SUPPORT
WITHIN CULTURE 2000 FRAMEWORK

The Union of European Historic Houses Associations (UEHHA) is working together with the Danish Historic Houses Association (BYFO) and the Danish Heritage Counsel (Bygningskultutelt Rad) on the implementation of a project called 'Building Care Programme' (BCP). The programme is meant as a tool for the systematic inspection and evaluation of historic buildings, whether listed or not. The BCP is made up of four modules: basic registration, overall assessment, estimation of costs and budget planning, and a management and maintenance plan. Each module can be combined with one or more of the four following specific subjects: external (roof and faades); free space (basement, staircase and loft room); interior (individual apartments and special decoration) and fixed installations (heating, plumbing, ventilation). The systematic and uniform methodology applied to the BCP's modules makes it a useful instrument for owners in search of government support or other funding opportunities. The European Landowners' Organisation and several members of the UEHHA are co-organisers of the project and a grant will be assigned to it within the Framework Programme "Culture 2000".

Further information: www.elo.org/newsletters/ELO%2073_engels.pdf


HISTORIC HERITAGE: DEMOLISH OR CONSERVE?
EUROPA NOSTRA BELGIUM FORUM ON 29 APRIL 2005

An international panel of speakers will reflect on the difficult questions to be tackled by planners, developers and conservationists when faced with the choice between conservation and demolition of historic buildings. If restoration is judged to be a suitable option, should all historic elements of the buildings be conserved or can old features be reconciled with modern additions? Finally, is there a role for the civil society in assisting in the decision making process relating to the conservation of privately owned historic buildings which are part of our common heritage? The Forum will be opened by Emmanuel Hendrickx, Governor of the Province Brabant Wallon and a closing speech will be provided by Michel Daerden, Minister responsible for Monuments and Sites of the Walloon Region. Europa Nostra will be represented among the speakers panel by two Council members, Michael Balston from UK and Denis de Kergorlay from France.

Further information: Anne Brenninkmeijer-Kestens, annekestens@hotmail.com,
Tel +32 3 899 48 38, www.europanostra.org/downloads/events/ENB_Forum_2005.pdf




CAMPAIGNING FOR ENDANGERED HERITAGE


CONSTRUCTION PERMIT FOR HIGH RISE BUILDINGS IN COPENHAGENS HISTORIC CENTRE NOT GRANTED


In support of a campaign led by its member organisations in Denmark, Europa Nostras Executive President wrote to Danish Prime Minister Rasmussen (and other officials concerned) to express Europa Nostras concern over the possible granting of the building permit to construct high rise buildings in the historic centre of Copenhagen known as Kristianshavn. Europa Nostras plea for the preservation of Copenhagens historic skyline was widely reported in the national and international press. Thanks to the joint campaign by Danish heritage NGOs and Europa Nostra, the construction permit was not granted.

Further information: www.europanostra.org/lang_en/0520_news_copenhagen_pressrelease.htm
or Mrs Catharina Collet, Vice President of Europa Nostra, President of Europa Nostra Denmark (catharina@collet.dk)


AWARDED NORMAN CASTLE IN IRELAND
STILL THREATENED BY HOTEL DEVELOPMENT


Local partners of Europa Nostra are continuing their efforts to halt the construction of a hotel next to Trim Castle, unique example of Norman defensive architecture in Ireland, awarded a Europa Nostra Diploma in 2001, and referred to Europa Nostras earlier interventions to support their case. These local pressure groups denounced ill practices with building permits and reported their findings to Mr Stavros Dimas, European Commissioner for the Environment.

Further information: www.europanostra.org/lang_en/0520_news_trimcastle_pressrelease.html



UNIQUE ROMAN BATHS NEAR BERGAMO (TURKEY)
THREATENED BY PROPOSED CONSTRUCTION OF A DAM

Europa Nostra sent a letter to the Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Abdullah Gl drawing his attention to the Roman Baths at Allianoi which are threatened to be flooded as a result of the planned construction of an irrigation dam. Informed by its local partners, Europa Nostra told the Deputy Prime Minister that only a small change in the dam design would save this exceptional site, the only Roman Baths known to have been constructed outside an urban centre, while at the same time preserving the irrigation function of the dam. The letter received much attention in the national press.

Further information: www.europanostra.org/lang_en/0520_news_allianoi_pressrelease.htm




RAISING AWARENESS


EUROPA NOSTRAS REVIEW FOCUSES ON ITS MEMBER ORGANISATIONS

The first 2005 issue of the European Cultural Heritage Review will be sent out to all members at the end of April. Articles were carefully selected from the leading publication of Europa Nostras main member organisations, and give a colourful panorama of the aspirations, problems and achievements of heritage organisations throughout Europe.

Further information: www.europanostra.org/lang_en/0300_publications.html


EUROPA NOSTRA PRESENT AT TEFAF IN MAASTRICHT

For the second year in a row, Europa Nostra was offered a stand at the world renowned European Fine Arts Fair (TEFAF, www.tefaf.com) at Maastricht. This prestigious fair attracts art lovers, dealers, museum curators and members of the general public from all over the world. Staff members and volunteers informed the interested public about Europa Nostras aims and activities and sold publications to raise funds. Europa Nostra expresses its gratitude to the TEFAF Board and to Theodoor Gilissen Bankiers (Corporate Member) for their support.


HERITAGE TOURS PROGRAMME 2005: A GREAT SUCCESS!

Six months after the mailing of the Heritage Tours Programme 2005, three of the four tours offered are fully booked. The Heritage Tour to Normandy was booked out within one month. Due to this exceptional interest, Europa Nostra now decided to offer a second tour to Normandy from 8 to 13 September 2005 with the same programme as the first one. At time of writing, there are still a few places available for that tour. Registrations are still accepted for the French-speaking overseas tour to Peru. The tours to Styria (Austria) and Slovenia in May, and to Bulgaria in September are both fully booked.

Further information: Mrs Barbara Zander, Heritage Tours Co-ordinator, Tel +31 70 302 40 54, om@europanostra.org


MALTESE STONE URNS ARRIVED AT TRSTENO RENAISSANCE GARDEN (CROATIA)

In 2002, on the occasion of Europa Nostras Congress in Dubrovnic, an appeal was launched to Europa Nostras members to contribute to the Trsteno Fund established by Europa Nostra for the restoration of the Trsteno Renaissance Garden, ravaged by war, neglect and fire. The funds collected were used to purchase the Maltese stone replicas of the 18th century urns which once embellished the Garden. After some delay, the stone urns were produced by the Malta Centre for Restoration, and the transportation from Malta to Trsteno has been arranged thanks to the kind support of the Maltese and Croatian Ambassador in The Netherlands. The urns have now reached Trsteno and the curators of the garden are now deciding on their best location for the enjoyment of the many visitors which will come to the Garden.

Further information: http://mahazu.hazu.hr/ENG/arboretum.html


FULL COLOUR PRESENTATION OF
ALL AUSTRIAN AWARD WINNING PROJECTS SINCE 1978

Europa Nostra Austria and the Internazionales Staedteforum Graz (a member organisation of Europa Nostra) have included a special supplement to the latest issue of the ISG Magazin. In fifteen pages the supplement presents and describes the 31 Austrian projects to have won a Europa Nostra Award since 1978. This initiative follows similar efforts made by other Europa Nostra member organisations. Some years ago, Hispania Nostra published a book on the Spanish award winning projects, and in 2003, it was the turn of Hungaria Nostra to single out the awarded European heritage projects in Hungary. Europa Nostra warmly welcomes these valuable contributions to the increased visibility of the Heritage Awards scheme.

Further information: Mrs Gertraud Strempfl strempfl@staedteforum.at




RECOGNISING OUTSTANDING HERITAGE ACHIEVEMENTS


EUROPEAN UNION PRIZE FOR CULTURAL HERITAGE /
EUROPA NOSTRA AWARDS


THIRTY-EIGHT AWARD WINNERS WILL BE ANNOUNCED AT THE EUROPEAN HERITAGE AWARDS CEREMONY IN BERGEN ON 3 JUNE

Three Juries have reviewed a total of 194 entries for the European Union Prize for Cultural Heritage / Europa Nostra from across Europe. After thorough consideration, 38 winners from 21 different European countries were selected. The Prize, Medal and Diploma winners will be announced to the public at the European Heritage Awards Ceremony in Bergen on 3 June 2005, in the presence of HRH the Prince Consort of Denmark, President of Europa Nostra and Mr Harald Hartung, Head of Unit Culture, DG for Education and Culture of the European Commission.


CALL FOR ENTRIES 2005

The call for entries and the Application forms for the European Union Prize for Cultural Heritage / Europa Nostra Awards 2005 are available for downloading at Europa Nostras website. Projects from countries not eligible for the EU Prize for Cultural Heritage can still apply for the Europa Nostra Awards. All information on the awards and conditions for participation can be found on Europa Nostras website:

www.europanostra.org/lang_en/0260_activities_new_awards_dossier.html

Closing dates for applications are:

1 August 2005 for Category 2 (Outstanding Studies)

15 September 2005 for Categories 1 (Projects) and 3 (Dedicated Service).

Further information: Elonore de Merode, Heritage Awards Co-ordinator, tel. +31 70 302 40 52, ao@europanostra.org)
EUROPA NOSTRA HERITAGE FILM FESTIVAL

Seven outstanding productions received a prize at the second European Heritage Film Festival in Toblach (Italy). The festival, under the patronage of Europa Nostra, showed that European cultural heritage offers filmmakers an abundant source of inspiration. The aim of the festival is to contribute to increasing public awareness of the needs for the protection and enhancement of Europes built and natural heritage through stimulating a broader coverage of heritage issues by European media.

The Awarded films are as follows: Francescos Venice, BBC Arts, UK (in the category built heritage); Voice of the Aegean, Lydia Carras, Greece (in the category natural heritage); Amid Eight Winds, Arvydas Barysas, Lithuania (best overall production); Nineveh on the Clyde, the Architecture of Alexander Greek Thomson, Murray Gregor, Scotland (best scientific production), Glas is Leerdam, Robin Lutz, The Netherlands (best technical production; Skellig Michael - The Edge of the World, Goggo Gensch, Germany (special jury award) and Everlasting Day, Toke Hebbeln, Germany (best young film).

Further information: www.europanostra.org/lang_en/0520_news_filmawards_pressrelease.html



CEREMONY AT NOSTIC PALACE IN PRAGUE FOR THE ATTRIBUTION OF RESTORATION FUND GRANT 2003 TO THE TRNKA HOUSE

On 17 March, and in conjunction with the official launch of Europa Nostras representation in the Czech Republic (see above), the Europa Nostra Restoration Fund Grant of 20,000 was presented to the owners of Trnka House in Prague. The Ceremony took place within the historic setting of the Riding Hall of the recently restored Nostic Palace which today houses the offices of the Ministry of Culture. A reception then took place in the Billiard Room, was followed by a dinner at Plffy Palace hosted by Christies Vienna. Europa Nostra is grateful to those who helped make these events in Prague possible: former president Vclav Havel, the Ministry of Culture of the Czech Republic, Christies Vienna and Gema Art Group a.s. (also responsible for the restoration of the Trnka House).

Prior to the Ceremony, members of the Central and Eastern Europe Working Group visited Trnka House. This previously restored building suffered severe damage during the summer of 2002, when the River Vltava flooded important parts of the Old Town of Prague. It is a listed monument which owes its name and style to its former resident, the well-known Czech graphic artist Jiri Trnka. Thanks to the contribution of the Restoration Fund Grant, it can now be seen in its restored condition.

Further information: www.europanostra.org/lang_en/0520_news_czech_pressrelease.html


AWARDS FOR THE PRESENTATION OF HERITAGE RESEARCH 2005

English Heritage (an associate member of Europa Nostra) announced the call for entries for the Awards for the Presentation of Heritage Research 2005. The purpose of the award is to encourage researchers on British and Irish archaeology, historic buildings, and heritage conservation, to present their recent research findings to a public audience at the British Association's Festival of Science. Presentations should be centred on the research question and the evidence and chain of argument that led to the research findings, placing the question and findings in their wider context as appropriate.

Further information: http://www.ehsni.gov.uk/pubs/publications/baascompetition2005entryform.doc
Sebastian Payne sebastian.payne@english-heritage.org +44 (0)207 973 3321


THE IRONBRIDGE GORGE MUSEUM TRUST RECEIVES INTERNATIONAL AWARD

The Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust, a member organisation of Europa Nostra, has been presented with a prestigious Award of Merit by the US-based Society for Historical Archaeology (SHA). The Museum was praised for the preservation and interpretation of the Ironbridge Gorge World Heritage Site, and for its long tradition of research, excavation, survey and publication.

Further information: www.ironbridge.org.uk


ROMANIAN AWARD FOR THE MIHAI EMINESCU TRUST

The Mihai Eminescu Trust is a UK based member organisation of Europa Nostra dedicated to the conservation and regeneration of villages and communes in Transylvania and the Maramures, two of the most unspoilt regions of Europe. Its Chairman was recently awarded the Bucharest Business Week Social Responsibility Award for The Saxon Village. Caroline Fernolend, Mihai Eminescu Trust Director, received the award on behalf of the Trust at the National Theatre in Sibiu.

Further information: www.emainescu.org.uk


SIXTEENTH INTERNATIONAL CARLO SCARPA PRIZE FOR GARDENS AWARDED TO DEIR ABU MAQAR, EGYPT

On 14 May 2005, in Treviso (Italy), Domenico Luciani, Director of the Fondazione Benetton Studi Ricerche (a member organisation of Europa Nostra) will hand out the Carlo Scarpa Prize for Gardens to representatives of Deir Abu Maqar, one of the Coptic monasteries situated in the area of Wadi el Natrun, in Egypt, on the desert road between Alexandria and Cairo. The Monastery bears witness to the entire history of Coptic monasticism over the last seventeen centuries. It now employs a non-clerical workforce of seven hundred, that has transformed a thousand hectares of desert into vegetable plots, orchards and gardens and evinces an astonishing capacity for renewal of the monastic idea and experience in the contemporary world.

Further information: www.fbsr.it/eng/


IFLA AND UNESCO ANNOUNCE
INTERNATIONAL STUDENT DESIGN COMPETITION

The objective of the competition is to recognise superior environmental design achievements made by students in Landscape Architecture programmes. The competition invites submissions from teams of students in Landscape Architecture programs or other allied disciplines. The three top prizes amount to $3,500, $2,500 and $1,000 respectively.

Deadline 13 May 2005

Further information: www.l-i.org.uk/ifla


THE EUROMED HERITAGE JOURNALISTIC AWARD

The Euromed Heritage Journalistic Award is an international press competition dealing with the preservation and promotion of cultural heritage. The competition, organised by the European Commission, via the Regional Management and Support Unit (RMSU) of the Euromed Heritage Programme, is open to journalists from EU and Mediterranean partners. Media can play an important role in safeguarding and promoting cultural heritage. Press articles have the capacity to involve the public, modify laws and collect funds. The Euromed Heritage Journalistic Award can contribute to raising awareness on cultural heritage in the Mediterranean region by encouraging high quality reporting.

Deadline: 31 May 2005

Further information: http://www.euromedheritage.net/award/award_en.htm


THE EUROPEAN MUSEUM OF THE YEAR AWARD

The winner of the European Museum of the year Award will be announced on during the European Museum Forum Annual Congress in Brussels from 4 to 7 May. Application forms for the European Museum of the Year Award 2006 can be downloaded from the European Museum Foundation website: www.europeanmuseumforum.org


CULTURAL POLICY RESEARCH AWARD 2005 FOCUS:
APPLIED COMPARATIVE CULTURAL POLICY RESEARCH

The main aim of the Cultural Policy Research Award (CPR Award) is to stimulate academic research in the field of cultural policy, with an emphasis on the usefulness of the research in terms of practical application. The research should throw light on contemporary European cultural issues and problems, possibly analysing them and working towards new policy solutions. The winner of the CPR Award 2005 will be announced at the European Foundation Centres 16th General Assembly and Conference Foundations for Europe: Making the Union Work for All Citizens, Budapest, Hungary, 4 - 6 June 2005. Applications should be submitted between 10 February and 5 May 2005 through the online application form on the CPR Award website.

Further information: www.cpraward.org, Svetlana Jovicic CPR Award manager cpraward@cpraward.org



YOUTH, EDUCATION, TRAINING AND RESEARCH


EUROPA NOSTRA SCIENTIFIC COUNCIL

SCIENTIFIC COUNCIL TO MEET IN SIBIU ROMANIA IN SEPTEMBER 2005

The meeting of the Scientific Council in Sibiu (4 - 8 September 2005) will start with a special session of the Heritage Awards Jury (for category 2 entries). A selection of the members of the Scientific Council will review the applications in Category 2 (Studies in the field of Architectural Heritage) of the European Union Prize for Cultural Heritage / Europa Nostra Awards and select the winners. On 5 and 6 September presentations on the occasion of the 40th Colloquium of the Scientific Council will focus on the Study and Conservation of Fortified Churches and Castles in Transylvania. Sessions will successively address Local Issues; Town and Landscape Planning; and Archaeological Excavation and Ruins Conservation. A study tour to Cisnadie Valea Viilor, Medias, Biertan, Sighişoara is planned on 7 September.

Further information: Prof. Gianni Perbellini, Chairman of the Scientific Council (perbellini@hotmail.com)
EUROPA NOSTRA YOUTH PROGRAMME

HERITAGE AND EDUCATION: A EUROPEAN PERSPECTIVE -
FORUM PROCEEDINGS ARE AVAILABLE

On 1 October 2004, Europa Nostra organised a European Forum on Heritage and Education in The Hague. The Forum was opened by HRH the Prince Consort of Denmark, President of Europa Nostra and Mrs Medy van der Laan, the Dutch State Secretary for Culture and Media. The participants agreed that adding the European dimension to cultural heritage education in schools could help create mutual understanding between the cultures of Europe, instil a sense of civic responsibility and mutual tolerance in children, and awaken their interest for other cultures and history. Although the various stakeholders (schools; museums; local, regional and national authorities; heritage NGOs; universities etc) already work together on the development of heritage education programmes, there is still a need for increased cooperation, especially across the borders. The Forum concluded with a strong recommendation to set up a European network for the exchange of best practices and experiences in the field of heritage education.

Further information: www.europanostra.org/lang_en/0520_news_forum press release.html


EUROPA NOSTRA GIVES ITS PATRONAGE AND SUPPORT TO THE SEMINAR AND WORKSHOP FOR YOUNG HERITAGE PROFESSIONALS

The four-day (22 - 26 July) Seminar and Workshop for Young Heritage Professionals in Wasowa (Malapolska region) will follow a seven day seminar organised from 15 - 22 July by the International Cultural Centre in Kazimierz as part of its summer school programme. The objective of the Seminar and Workshop is to engage young heritage professionals with diverse backgrounds and from a broad range of countries in Central and Eastern Europe, in the analysis of the issues of urban planning, the conservation of the heritage and the adaptive use of the infrastructure for social and economic benefit. The young heritage professionals will work in three teams to develop a cultural tourism strategy based on vernacular heritage, industrial heritage, significant battlefields and cemeteries, and 19th century spa-tourism. Europa Nostra is financially supporting this activity as part of its Youth Programme.

Further information: www.mck.krakow.pl; Dr Lester Borley, CBE lesterborley@waitrose.com


HERITAGE EDUCATION ACROSS EUROPE

REAL WORLD LEARNING PARTNERS WELCOME REPORT INTO EDUCATION OUTSIDE THE CLASSROOM

The report, by the Education and Skills Select Committee, calls on British Government to do more to promote the benefits of out-of-classroom learning, while providing more training provision for teachers. It also calls for 30 million funding in order to deliver real change and give all students a right to outdoor learning. The Real World Learning partners believe there is no substitute for learning in the real world, yet they have seen a 10% decrease in the number of children visiting their centres in the last five years. It believes the Government needs to act now to reduce the barriers currently preventing children getting out of the classroom to learn, which include: an over-crowded timetable, low profile of out-of-classroom learning, rising costs and health and safety concerns.

Further information: www.field-studies-council.org/rwl/rwl.pdf;


NATIONAL TRUST BACKS OUTDOOR EDUCATION MANIFESTO

The National Trust (UK) applauded the recognition from the Prime Minister and Education Secretary, Ruth Kelly, of out-of-classroom education as a vital element to a childs personal development and the commitment to make it a part of every pupils experience. The suggested creation of a Manifesto for Outdoor Education by teachers, Government and providers of outdoor education, like the Trust, is a welcome step to address the barriers that currently result in pupils missing out on vital out-of-classroom experiences. However, a further commitment of adequate funding is required in order to implement real change.
Further information: http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/learninganddiscovery/



THE COCKBURN ASSOCIATION STEPS UP ITS ACTIVITIES
IN THE FIELD OF SCHOOL EDUCATION

The Cockburn Association, a UK member organisation of Europa Nostra, has been awarded grants by the Scottish Arts Council and Scottish Natural Heritage. This will allow the association to carry out a project in Edinburgh schools, working with architects, artists and storytellers. The aim of the project is to get young people to look at their neighbourhoods, to understand the impact of art and design on their environment and build their confidence to comment and express their views about design.

Further information: www.crossingpoints.org; www.cockburnassociation.org.uk


SHARE YOUR NEIGHBOURHOOD:
INTERACTIVE OUTDOOR EDUCATION WEBSITE GOES INTERNATIONAL

Share your Neighbourhood is an interactive website encouraging schoolchildren in the age of 12 to 18 years in The Netherlands to discover the environment and culture of their neighbourhood and share their results with others. It has been developed by Stichting Omgevingseducatie Gooi, Vecht- en Eemstreek (OGVE). This foundation develops teaching materials in close cooperation with teachers, museums and other stakeholders. The original project has a regional focus, but the organisation now plans to internationalise the tools it has developed and to share its experience with possible partners abroad.

Further information: Alice Geijsel a.geijsel@omgevingseducatie.nl; www.zappeninjebuurt.nl


VERS LEUROPE:
EUROPEAN HERITAGE EDUCATION CO-OPERATION PROGRAMME

This project, initiated by teachers from four European countries during a conference in Ravenna in 1999, aims to awaken a European awareness in school children through the discovery of cultural heritage along mediaeval routes (Via Francigna, Oberstrasse, O Camino de Compostela, Lo Camin Romiu, Via Podiensis). The method is based on active learning and discovery, encouraging artistic creativity, and developing mutual understanding and valorisation of the languages of all participating partners (French, German, Italian and Spanish).

Further information: http://montcuqecole.free.fr/versleurope


GIFTS OF THE MUSES: A EUROPEAN EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMME OF THE HELLENIC MINISTRY OF CULTURE

Since 1985 the Hellenic Ministry of Culture has developed educational programmes in museums, archaeological monuments and sites addressed to schoolchildren and youth, in Greece and abroad. The latest project in this programme is an educational pack for schools titled Gifts of the Muses. It has been designed to accompany an exhibition by the same title. The theme of the exhibition and the educational pack is Music and Dance, basic parameters of life, education and art of the ancient Greeks. The education pack has been translated into French, English and German, and the Ministry is currently looking for partners throughout Europe to submit a project proposal for the further dissemination of the project in the framework of Culture 2000.

Further information: Dr Stella Chryssoulaki, protocol@tmep.culture.gr


PROFESSIONAL TRAINING

PROMOTING SKILLS AND COMPETENCES OF CULTURAL HERITAGE STAFF

European Cultural and Heritage Organisations Network (ECHONET) aims at improving the skills and competences of staff and employees in cultural heritage organisations, with a view to increase customer satisfaction and to promote their employability and job mobility. To this end, ECHONET has been entrusted with the management of ECHOCAST, the European cultural and heritage organisations customer aware staff training, financed by the European Union Leonardo Programme.

Further information: www.echonet.info
http://europa.eu.int/comm/education/programmes/leonardo/leonardo_en.html

EUROCLIO CONGRESS 2006: USING HISTORICAL SKILLS AND CONCEPTS TO PROMOTE AN AWARENESS OF EUROPEAN CITIZENSHIP

Euroclio, the European Standing Conference of History Teachers Associations, a partner of Europa Nostra, announced its 2006 Conference to take place in Malta from 20 to 26 March. The theme of the conference is Using Historical Skills and Concepts to Promote an Awareness of European Citizenship.

Further information: www.eurocliohistory.org


LANDSCAPES



EUROPA NOSTRAS LANDSCAPE WORKING GROUP
TO MEET IN LONDON ON 14 APRIL

Europa Nostras Landscapes Working Group, which held its first meeting in The Hague on 29 September 2004 under the Chairmanship of Sir Christopher Audland, Honorary President, during which the Declaration on the Impact of Wind Power on the Countryside was drafted, is to hold its next meeting in London. Following his appointment by the Europa Nostras Management Committee, the Group will from now on be chaired by Mr Simon Murray, the National Trusts Director of Operations. On the Agenda of the meeting are Europa Nostras possible activities in relation the implementation of the European Landscape Convention, the EU directives having influence on European landscapes and possible forms of cooperation with other international landscape organisations.

Further information: Mark Snethlage, Secretary of the Working Group,
email: imo@europanostra.org


COASTAL HERITAGE

EUROPA NOSTRAS FORUM IN BERGEN TO ADDRESS THE
SAFEGUARDING OF COASTAL CULTURE

The Forum organised on the occasion of Europa Nostras Congress in Bergen will address various aspects of the conservation and management of coastal zones, with a special emphasis on the cultural dimension of coastal heritage. The Forum will be opened by HRH the Prince Consort of Denmark, President of Europa Nostra and Mrs Ann Elin Bratset, Director General, Norwegian Ministry of Environment. Speakers include Mr Ole Jacob Aarland, Secretary of the Nordvegen Project (Norway); Mrs Merete Ahnfeldt-Mollerup, Architect MAA (Denmark); Prof. Peter Emil Kaland, University of Bergen, www.uib.no/info/english/ (Norway); Mrs Bente Lilja Bye, Director, European Sea Level Service, www.eseas.org, (Norway); Dr Fokke Seekles, Board Member of the Coastal Union, www.eucc.nl (The Netherlands) and Dr David Thackray, Head of Archaeology, The National Trust, www.nationaltrust.org.uk (United Kingdom). The Forum will be moderated by Arch. Thomas Willoch, President of Europa Nostra in Norway, and member of the Europa Nostra Council.

Further information: www.europanostra.org/downloads/events/bergen_2005_forum_preliminary_programme.doc



EUROPA NOSTRA ESTABLISHED CONTACTS WITH THE COASTAL UNION

On 22 March, a meeting between Europa Nostra and the Coastal Union took place. The first contacts were established as part of the preparation of the Bergen Forum on Safeguarding Coastal Culture on 3 June 2005. The meeting with Mr Albert Salman (Secretary General) and Mr Foppe Seekles (Chairman of EUCC in The Netherlands) at the EUCC Headquarters in Leiden (NL) revealed that Europa Nostra and the Coastal Union are active in several common fields, and that their expertise and networks are complementary, thus justifying the exploration of possible forms of support and cooperation in selected projects in areas of common interest such as: sustainable (cultural) tourism and the effects of climate change on natural and built heritage.

Further information: www.eucc.net


SEA BRITAIN 2005:
CELEBRATING BRITAINS REMARKABLE RELATION WITH THE SEA

A year-long series of events and celebrations is underway to underline Britains special relationship with the sea, 200 years after the Battle of Trafalgar. The National Trust, a Europa Nostra member organisation, and English Heritage and the British Tourist Authority, both associate members, are taking part in the programme.

Further information: www.seabritain2005.com

WIND POWER, LANDSCAPES AND CLIMATE CHANGE


EUROPA NOSTRA DECLARATION ON THE IMPACT OF WIND POWER ON THE COUNTRYSIDE

Europa Nostras Declaration on the Impact of Wind Turbines on the Countryside (September 2004) was translated into eight languages and widely disseminated through Europe, thanks to the support of our member organisations. The Declaration was sent to all European Heads of Government. Europa Nostras concerns were taken seriously into account as reflected in the many replies received. The issue of wind power figures high on the agenda of public authorities and civil society organisations because of its contribution to the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions and because of its major impact on the landscape. These are conflicting interests within the conservation and environmental field that need to be carefully balanced, as suggested by Europa Nostras Declaration and many other position papers circulated by organisations such as the G8 heritage platform in France or the Renewable Energy Foundation in the UK (see below).

Further information: www.europanostra.org/lang_en/0520_news_wind turbines press release.html


FRANCE: UNITED AGAINST THE VISUAL POLLUTION CAUSED BY WIND POWER

On 21 March 2005, Frances eight main heritage organisations (the so-called G8), called for the adoption of an amendment to the new French law on energy. Considering that wind power poses severe threats to the cultural landscapes, the amendment proposes that the final decision for granting construction permits remains in the hands of the Department Prefect and not at a municipal level as is currently the case. The communication also calls for the spatial concentration of wind power development in so-called development triangles, designated areas where the cultural and visual value of the landscape is relatively low, and hence causing the least impact of visual intrusion by wind turbines.

Further information: www.associations-patrimoine.org/images/administrables/31/G8-210305.pdf


RENEWABLE ENERGY FOUNDATION MANIFESTO 2005 CALLS FOR AN URGENT REVISION OF RENEWABLE ENERGY POLICY

The Renewable Energy Foundation (REF, a UK member organisation of Europa Nostra) recently launched its Manifesto 2005 calling for an urgent and fundamental review of UK energy policy and for an approach to renewables that ensures that energy supplies are secure, reliable, economical, clean and sustainable. The Manifesto will be sent to MPs and prospective candidates as renewable energy moves up the agenda. Earlier, in December 2004, the REF had issued a report that questioned some of the claimed benefits of wind energy and called for a reassessment of other sources of renewable energy such as biomass and tidal energy.

Further information: www.ref.org.uk


NATIONAL TRUST FOR SCOTLAND WARNS ABOUT
DAMAGE TO MONUMENTS AND LANDSCAPES DUE TO CLIMATE CHANGE

The National Trust for Scotland (a member organisation of Europa Nostra) has announced that it launched a campaign in partnership with Scottish Environment Link, aimed at sensitising Scottish MPs to the problems society is facing as a result of climate change. SCT notes that signs of a changing climate are already noticeable in Scotland and warns that most sectors of society including cultural and natural heritage could be severely disrupted by changing weather patterns, in future.

Further information: www.nts.org.uk


ENVIRONMENT AND HERITAGE SERVICE
HOSTS CONFERENCE ON CLIMATE CHANGE

On 15 March, the Environment and Heritage Service (EHS, Northern Ireland), an associate member of Europa Nostra hosted a major conference, "Climate Change Impacts in Northern Ireland". A key guidance document for Government Departments and District Councils was launched at the conference. It outlines how climate change may affect the services they provide. The event has been targeted at a wide range of stakeholders including Central Government, District Councils, NGOs and businesses. Climate models predict that Northern Ireland will see warmer and wetter winters, with drier summers. This will have profound consequences on many sectors, both positive (e.g. more domestic tourism, new crops) and negative (e.g. extreme weather conditions).

Further information: www.ehsni.gov.uk


FUNDING HERITAGE CONSERVATION AND ENHANCEMENT


ENGLISH HERITAGE AND THE HERITAGE LOTTERY FUND
ANNOUNCE REPAIR GRANTS FOR PLACES OF WORSHIP

On 1 March, English Heritage (an associate member of Europa Nostra) and the Heritage Lottery Fund announced a package of grants worth 17.5 million for repairs to Grade I and II* listed religious buildings across England. The two bodies, which are the largest national funders of historic places of worship, also announced that their joint Repair Grants for Places of Worship scheme would continue in its present form until 2007 - two years longer than was originally planned. A copy of the application pack for Repair Grants for Places of Worship in England 2002-2005 is available from the following websites.

Further information: www.hlf.org.uk; www.english-heritage.org.uk
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THE GETTY CONSERVATION GRANTS

Some of the Getty Conservation Grants (USA) could be of interest to heritage NGOs in Europe.
Architectural Conservation Grants support organisations throughout the world in their efforts to preserve buildings or sites of outstanding architectural, historical, and cultural significance. Planning Grants assist in the initial development of an overall architectural conservation plan. Support is also available on a selective basis for the development of archaeological site management plans. Implementation Grants assist in the actual conservation of a building's historic structure and fabric.

Museum Conservation Grants are designed to assist institutions in caring for their permanent collections. Survey Grants assist museums in identifying the conservation requirements of art collections. Treatment Grants support the conservation treatment of works of art of outstanding artistic significance.

Finally, Education and Training Grants support conservation training programs, museums, and other non-profit organisations for the professional development of conservators. Individuals may not apply directly for grants in this category.

Further information: www.getty.edu/grants/conservation


FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES FOR CULTURAL HERITAGE PROJECTS IN TEN NEW EU MEMBER STATES + GREECE, PORTUGAL AND SPAIN

Substantial grant opportunities available within the framework of the European Economic Area (EEA)/European Free Trade Association (EFTA). In May 2004, the European Economic Area (EEA) was expanded by ten new EU member states to 28 member states all sharing access to the Internal Market characterised by the so-called four freedoms of goods, services, capital and persons. At the same time the three non-EU members of the EEA - Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway - established the so called EEA Financial Mechanism and the Norwegian Financial Mechanism to support social and economic cohesion within the enlarged EEA. The Norwegian Financial Mechanism is aimed at the ten new EEA member states (Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Slovakia and Slovenia). The EEA Financial Mechanism is open to the ten new EEA members and also to Greece, Portugal and Spain. In total, the above-mentioned financial mechanisms will make 1.17 billion available over the five-year period 2004-2009, supporting projects in a wide range of priority sectors such as protection of the environment, conservation of the European cultural heritage, health and childcare and development of human resources. The EEA Financial Mechanism and the Norwegian Financial Mechanism are administered by the Financial Mechanism Office, which is affiliated to the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) Secretariat in Brussels. Applications should be made through the National Focal Points in each of the participating countries.

Further information: www.eeagrants.org


THE INTERNATIONAL VISEGRAD FUND

The aims of this Central European Fund are to promote regional cooperation among Visegrad countries (the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, and the Slovak Republic) through supporting the development of common cultural, scientific, educational projects, exchanges between young people, and cross-border cooperation.

Next deadlines: for application to Small Grants: 1 June 2005, for application to Standard Grants: 15 September 2005 and for application to Visegrad Scholarships: 31 January 2006.

Further information: www.visegradfund.org


EUROPEAN ATTITUDES TO HERITAGE:
MODELS OF PATRONAGE FOR CULTURAL HERITAGE PRESERVATION

In June 2005, the International Cultural Centre in Krakow, an associate member of Europa Nostra will organise a one day symposium. Different countries have various systems in place for financing monument preservation. Western European countries with highly developed market economies make more extensive use of private resource in this respect. In Central Europe this form of financing is still very limited. This one-day symposium will offer an opportunity to compare and exchange experiences regarding systems of financing heritage protection. The guest specialists, together with representatives of local authorities and cultural heritage institutions, will also be discussing possibilities for attracting additional support for their heritage protection activities, including use of EU structural funds, earmarked funds and private resources.

Further information: www.mck.krakow.pl



GUIDE TO EUROPEAN FUNDING INSTRUMENTS FOR THE HERITAGE SECTOR

The Europa Nostra Secretariat has prepared an overview of the major financial instruments for the heritage sector. This paper - intended to help Europa Nostras member organisations to find adequate sources of funding to carry out their projects - is available for members upon request from the Secretariat.

Further information: Tamara van Kessel, Membership and Events Officer, meo@europanostra.org


INTERREG NORTH WEST EUROPE

A targeted call for proposals has been announced on the INERREG North West Europe website. Priorities that are still open for proposals of projects are:

More attractive metropolitan areas in the global and European context
Coherent and polycentric pattern of complementary cities, towns and rural areas, coastal and peripheral regions.

The deadline for submitting a project application has been set for 26 September 2005.

Further information: www.nweurope.org




MEMBER ORGANISATIONS ANNIVERSARIES

The year 2005 is a year of celebration and commemoration for many of our member and partner organisations. Europa Nostra congratulates wall these organisations and wishes them many active years in the pursuit of preserving Europes cultural heritage. An overview.


PATRIMOINE SUISSE/SCHWEIZER HEIMATSCHUTZ CELEBRATES ITS 100TH ANNIVERSARY

The year 2005 marks the centenary of Patrimoine Suisse/Schweize



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