The Institute has been partnering with Europa Nostra under the 7 Most Endangered Programme (7ME)  since 2013 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 from over 40 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.

Both organisations regularly select seven priority sites. EIB 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. Many sites can be considered as rescued saved  such as the Mafra Palace carillons(Portugal), Romania’s wooden churches, the Bourla Theater in Antwerp (Belgium) or the Colbert swing bridge in Dieppe (France) or the Buzludzha Monument (Bulgaria). .

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. It enjoys a high degree of visibility in the European heritage world and covers all regions of Europe.

The selected sites are eligible for an EIB Heritage Grant of up to €10,000. The EIB Heritage Grant can be allocated as an assistance for an agreed activity aimed to ensure the saving of the threatened site.

The first EIB Heritage Grant was attributed to Giardino Giusti in Verona.

See Europe’s 7ME 2023.

    • EIB Institute renews support to Europa Nostra

      EIB Institute renews its support to Europa Nostra for its flagship 7 Most Endangered programme.

    • 7 Most Endangered 2024 shortlist announced!

      Eleven endangered heritage sites from eight European countries have been shortlisted by an advisory panel for the 7 Most Endangered programme 2023 run by the EIB Institute and Europa Nostra,  the voice of civil society committed to cultural and natural heritage, and supported by Creative Europe.

    • When culture meets climate

      Recognising the key role of  culture for transformative climate action was the reason why over 30 Ministers or government representatives and cultural advocates from across the Globe attended the historic inaugural meeting  of the ‘Group of Friends of Culture-Based Climate Action’,  co-chaired by the Ministers of Culture of the UAE and Brazil, at COP 28 in Dubai.

    • Europa Nostra opens new regional hub in Nicosia

      Europa Nostra, the Institute’s partner in safeguarding Europe’s cultural heritage, has opened a new Heritage Hub in Nicosia to cover the Eastern Mediterranean and Middle East, focusing on promoting excellence for heritage preservation, advancing sustainability and culture-based climate action, and (re)building cultural bridges across the region.

    • Call for nominations for 7 Most Endangered 2024 now over

      The call for nominations for the 7 Most Endangered 2024 has been launched!

    • Celebrating 10 years of protecting heritage

      Cultural heritage is key to our European identity. Without it, economic growth would be meaningless. It has a cohesive power that connects European people and communities. Over the past 10 years, as this new publication highlights, the 7 Most Endangered programme has been helping European communities save historical sites.

    • Rehabilitating Skopje Post Office

      On the 60th anniversary of the devastating earthquake that shook Skopje the capital of Northern Macedonia on 26 July 1963, the EIB Institute and Europa Nostra published their Technical Report on the Central Post Office in Skopje, one of the 7 Most Endangered for 2021.

    • Heritage: Join 6 September webinar on 7 ME 2024 nominations

      Join 17 July webinar on how to nominate a heritage site for the 7 Most Endangered 2024

    • European Heritage Hub is launched

      The European Heritage Hub, a pilot project funded by the European Union to strengthen the engagement of citizens with Europe’s cultural heritage and led by Europa Nostra was launched on 10 May in Brussels marking the start of one of the largest cultural heritage-driven projects across Europe to support the green, social and digital transformation of our society.

    • Join 17 July Webinar on 7 Most Endangered 2024 nominations

      Join 17 July webinar on how to nominate a heritage site for the 7 Most Endangered 2024