Safeguarding cultural heritage

The EIB Institute facilitates the transfer of know-how and experience between different partners and countries in the heritage conservation field. Cultural heritage is very important both for regional and touristic development and contributes to maintaining or creating a regional, national and European identity. Recent reports also highlight cultural heritage as a “significant creator of jobs across Europe” as well as an “important source of creativity and innovation”. As budgetary constraints in many parts of Europe continue, heritage conservation could benefit from access to new, additional funding sources, such as private sources, donations, etc.

Cooperating with Europa Nostra

The Institute cooperates with Europa Nostra to identify monuments and sites under acute danger of neglect or destruction. Europa Nostra is the main European NGO dedicated to protecting Europe’s endangered cultural sites and monuments with a large network of members and associated organisations in nearly 50 countries. This innovative cooperation mixes the cultural expertise and lobbying work of Europa Nostra with the technical appraisal and rescue planning skills of the EIB and of the Council of Europe Development Bank.

Both organisations regularly select seven priority sites. The EIB/CEB experts carry out on-site missions and produce technical reports on the viability and phasing of the project recuperation as well as on the funding options such as for the Mafra Palace carillons, (Portugal), Romania’s wooden churches, the Bourla Theater in Antwerp (Belgium), the Art Nouveau synagogue in Subotica (Serbia), the Colbert swing bridge in Dieppe (France) or the Kampos of Chios, in Greece.

Click here to view all the reports and here to view the videos of the projects.

The initiative increases both the visibility of the cultural importance of the sites and the credibility of the proposed restoration efforts helping to ensure their survival. In specific cases the renovation may also call for loans from the EIB and/or grants from EU structural funds. The initiative enjoys a high degree of visibility in the European heritage world and covers all regions of Europe.

Europe’s Seven Most Endangered Monuments and Sites 2016 see press release

Europe’s Seven Most Endangered Monuments and Sites 2014 see press Release

Europe’s Seven Most Endangered Monuments and Sites 2013 see press Release

Conferences and workshops

The Institute also organizes conferences and workshops about cultural heritage such as in 2012 in Luxembourg, in 2013 in London, about innovative financing of cultural heritage (also click here), in 2014 in Paris about Designing Investment Funds for UNESCO sites and in 2015, in Luxembourg, about Funding cultural heritage .