European Heritage Label, Luxembourg-Kirchberg - Main contents
The European Commission will launch the 'European Heritage Label' as an EU-wide initiative. The aim of this initiative is to highlight sites that celebrate and symbolize European integration, ideals and history.
The Commission's proposal builds on a 2006 intergovernmental project involving 17 Member States. Expanding the European Heritage Label into an initiative of the European Union will give it greater credibility, visibility and prestige.
Sixty-four sites have received the label under the existing scheme. They include the house of Robert Schuman i, the French statesman who was one of the founding fathers of the EU, in Scy-Chazelles (Lorraine), and the Gdansk Shipyards, where Solidarnosc, the first independent trade union in a Warsaw Pact country, was founded and which helped trigger the events that would finally unite the continent after the end of the Cold War.
16h00: Press Conference by Commissioner Androula Vassiliou i after the College meeting in Strasbourg.