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Brussels, 10 June 2010
Commissioner Vassiliou presents EU awards for Cultural Heritage
Nearly 30 outstanding cultural heritage projects will be honoured tonight at the European Union Prize for Cultural Heritage/Europa Nostra Awards at the Aya Irini (Topkapi Palace) in Istanbul, Turkey. The awards will be presented by Androulla Vassiliou, the European Commissioner responsible for culture, and Denis de Kergolay, President of Europa Nostra, a network dedicated to safeguarding Europe's cultural heritage and landscapes. Six of the projects (see annex for full list) will receive a grand prize and € 10,000 each. The winners were selected by independent experts from nearly 140 projects covering 26 countries. The awards recognise excellence in conservation, research, dedicated service, and education, training and awareness-raising.
''Great work is taking place across Europe to protect our heritage, to conserve our industrial legacy, to regenerate the cities and areas we live in, to research how digital developments can provide greater access to our heritage and to educate and train people about our heritage," said Commissioner Vassiliou. "All this work not only helps to make Europe a beautiful place to live, it also generates jobs, attracts tourists and contributes to sustainable development."
The six Grand Prize winners are:
The 29 projects to be honoured this evening include major building restorations to landscape rehabilitation works, and art collections. For full descriptions of the winning projects and photographs, click here: http://www.europanostra.org/laureates-2010/
The European Union Prize for Cultural Heritage/Europa Nostra Awards are funded by the EU Culture Programme, which aims to encourage the transnational circulation of cultural and artistic works, cross-border mobility of workers in the sector, and intercultural dialogue. The Culture Programme has a total budget of €400 million in 2007-2013, also supports the exchange of best practices in heritage preservation and protection.
Europa Nostra represents 400 non-governmental organisations, with 1500 individual members from more than 50 countries.
For more information
About the European Union Prize for Cultural Heritage/Europa Nostra Awards:
About the European Commission's Culture programme:
Commissioner Vassiliou's website:
ANNEX – Complete list of award winners (listed alphabetically by country)
Education, training and awareness-raising