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 2022.

    • Cecilia Bartoli, new President of Europa Nostra meets EIB

      EIB Vice-President Teresa Czerwińska, together with EIB Institute director Shiva Dustdar, hosted world famous opera singer Cecilia Bartoli for dinner in Luxembourg in honour of her capacity as the new President of Europa Nostra.

    • First EIB Heritage Grant for Giardino Giusti

      Giusti garden in Verona is the first recipient of an EIB Heritage Grant

    • 7 Most Endangered 2022: and the winners are…

      Zogu Bridge, (Albania), Récollets Convent, Nivelles (Belgium), Garden City La Butte Rouge, near Paris, (France), Historic Centre of Stolberg (Germany), Neptune Baths, Băile Herculane, (Romania), Orléans-Borbón Palace, near Cádiz, (Spain), Crèvecoeur Fortress, Den Bosch, (The Netherlands)

    • Awards for 7 Most Endangered Romanian laureate

      The Wooden Church of Urși Village, Vâlcea County (Romania), a 7 Most Endangered project in 2014, was awarded both a Grand Prix and the Public Choice Award in the 2021 European Heritage Awards / Europa Nostra Awards, Europe’s top honour in the field of cultural heritage.

    • 7 Most Endangered site in Romania on World Heritage List

      The Roșia Montană mining landscape in Romania, one of the very first 7 Most Endangered sites, has been put on the World Heritage List and on the List of World Heritage in Danger by the 44th extended session of the UNESCO World Heritage Committee held in July 2021

    • 7 Most Endangered 2021: and the winners are…

      Achensee Steam Cog Railway, Tyrol, (Austria), Cemetery Complex of Mirogoj, Zagreb, (Croatia), Five Southern Aegean Islands (Greece), The Giusti Garden, Verona (Italy), Dečani Monastery (Kosovo), * Central Post Office in Skopje (North Macedonia) and San Juan de Socueva Chapel and Hermitage, Cantabria, (Spain).

    • 7 Most Endangered cultural heritage sites announced

      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 (Serbia),Plečnik Stadium (Slovenia).

    • Heritage: Mafra’s carillons play again

      After 20 years of silence and a complex restoration process, the Carillons of the Mafra National Palace in Portugal, listed among the 7 Most Endangered in Europe in 2014 were played during a memorable inaugural concert that assembled over 6,000 people in the square in front of the Palace on the afternoon of 2 February 2020

    • Action plan to restore 12 religious buildings in Albania

      The European Investment Bank Institute and Europa Nostra, the leading heritage organisation in Europe, have published a technical and financial report to restore 12 Post-Byzantine religious buildings in south-east Albania listed among The 7 Most Endangered heritage sites in Europe in 2018.