Citizens debates on the future of Europe in heritage sites

On 9 May 2021, on the occasion of Europe Day, Europa Nostra – in association with the other 50 member organisations of the European Heritage Alliance – launched a wide call to organise inspiring and engaging citizens debates on the future of Europe in cultural heritage sites across Europe over the course of 2021. This grassroots initiative is a meaningful contribution both to the Conference on the Future of Europe and to the New European Bauhaus, of which Europa Nostra and some other members of the European Heritage Alliance are proud official partners.


Europa Nostra, together with its members and partners, is more than ever convinced that Europe’s shared cultural heritage is a powerful catalyst for the future of Europe. It is a unique and essential vector for the success of the Conference on the Future of Europe and for the designing of a more sustainable, inclusive and beautiful common future in the spirit of the New European Bauhaus. In this respect, heritage sites, both in urban and rural areas, provide ideal settings for citizens to express their imaginative ideas on the future of Europe.

All citizens and organisations are encouraged to organise a debate in selected heritage sites (including sites that have received a European Heritage Award / Europa Nostra Award or a European Heritage Label) across the European continent, while ensuring full respect of COVID-19 sanitary measures in place. In order to allow the widest participation possible, the initiative remains flexible with regards to the format, scale or duration of the debates.

To maximise the impact of these debates, their outcomes will be collected and shared on the relevant platforms of the Europa Nostra Agora, the Conference on the Future of Europe and the New European Bauhaus. Interested partners can find detailed guidelines on how to participate and submit their events via the Europa Nostra Agora digital platform.

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