The 7 Most Endangered heritage sites in Europe in 2020 have been announced by Europa Nostra, the leading European heritage organisation, and the European Investment Bank Institute (EIBI).
They are: the National Theatre of Albania, Tirana, (Albania), Castle Jezeří, Horní Jiřetín (Czech Republic), Castle of Sammezzano, Tuscany (Italy), Y-block, Government Quarter, Oslo, (Norway), Szombierki Power Plant, Bytom (Poland), Belgrade Fortress and its Surroundings (Serbia),Plečnik Stadium, Ljubljana (Slovenia).
These monuments or sites are either facing imminent destruction (National Theatre in Tirana, Y-Block in Oslo…) or in advanced state of neglect or deterioration (Castle of Sammezzano, Castle Jezeří…). Experts from Europa Nostra and the EIB Institute, together with nominating organisations and with other partners, will visit them, meet with key stakeholders and provide expert advice, identify possible sources of funding and help mobilise wide support to save these heritage landmarks.
As of 2020, the programme will be run on an annual basis. The Call for Nominations for the 7 Most Endangered Programme 2021 will be published next June.
The Institute facilitates the transfer of know-how and experience between different partners and countries in the heritage conservation field.