The Chronicle

Seasons Greetings

and Best Wishes for 2012
Welcome to the electronic newsletter of Heritage Europe. The Chronicle will keep you regularly informed of the activities, events and news of interest to Europe's historic cities, towns and regions.


Dates for your diary. . .

24 January 2012 Brussels, Belgium – IEE (Intelligent Energy Europe)

European Information day. Presents the Intelligent Energy Europe Programme and its 2012 call for proposals.

To register for the event and further details visit

16-17 February 2012. Vienna, Austria. EVoCH Project, (Economic Value of Cultural Heritage)

This project part funded under the EU Culture Programme will be holding an information seminar with the working title “Culture Tourism – macro economic effects for cities and regions” in Vienna, Austria.

For details of the seminar and project visit

30 May – 2 June 2012 Lisbon,Portugal

European Heritage Congress.

Europa Nostra in collaboration with the Centro Nacional de Cultura will be holding its  European Heritage Congress  in Lisbon, Portugal. The European Union prize for Cultural Heritage will be presented at the European Heritage Awards ceremony to be held at the Jerónimos Monastery, Lisbon on 1 June 2012. 



ENCLOSE Project – IEE (Intelligent Energy Europe).

The project ENCLOSE - Energy efficiency in city logistics services for small and mid-sized European historic towns has been conditionally approved.

Heritage Europe is a partner in the Project which will look at logistics problems facing small and medium size historic towns.


Targeted actions are proposed to increase the energy efficiency of freight distribution in historic urban areas 

The project “kick off” meeting is planned to take place in Lucca, Italy in May 2012

We will be inviting historic towns who are interested in the project to join a special group of non partner cities.

More information on how you can work with us on this project to follow.

For details of the project click here for a list of partners click here.


HISTCAPE – INTERREG Project approved

We are pleased to announce that the HISTCAPE project has been approved (with conditions) by the INTERREG IVC Monitoring Committee.

This project will focus on small historic towns and the preservation of rural historic assets.

Heritage Europe is one of 12 partners in this project representing 12 regions spread over 11 EU countries. The geographical spread will enable the project to address shared problems at local, regional, national and European levels.

We will be leading on the project’s

communication and dissemination strategy, and through our network will give smaller historic towns access to a wider range of experience, professional expertise and good practice.

For a project outline click here and for a list of partners click here.

Let us know if you wish to be involved?



October 2012 Dubrovnik, Croatia.

International conference “Delivering Smart, Sustainable, Inclusive growth in Historic Cities”.

Heritage Europe is jointly organising this major international conference with the Croatian Association of Historic Towns (HUPG).

The theme of the conference will look at ways in which historic towns can practically deliver the 3 main priorities of the EU 2020 strategy:-

  • Smart Growth
  • Sustainable Growth
  • Inclusive Growth
Further details will be published on Heritage Europe’s website  as soon as available.


European Heritage Alliance 3.3

Towards an EU strategy for Cultural  Heritage

Heritage Europe is working with Europa Nostra and 25 European heritage organisations as part of the newly formed European Heritage Alliance 3.3

A small working group, including Heritage Europe, met in Brussels on the 7th September 2011. This meeting concluded that the production of an ‘evidence based’ strategy demonstrating the value of Cultural Heritage and how it contributes to the EU’s 2020 Strategy was constrained by the lack of readily accessible data at the European level.

Brian Smith was invited to produce a draft document for an independent research study that pulls together the large body of research that exists at the national level, through European projects and from case studies. It is envisaged this will be presented to the EU Commissioner for Culture, Mrs. Androulla Vassiliou, in the new year.

More information to follow.


Experience Exchanges - Nominate a member of your team now!

We are inviting submissions from member cities to nominate one person to work on a key issue in another member city of your choice for a period of a week. All expenses will be paid in return for a short report on the lessons learned.


Visit to download the exchange visit reports from past exchanges.


Focus on Energy Efficiency in Historic Buildings.

MEP Cristina Gutiérrez-Cortines will be hosting a seminar at the European Parliament on Wednesday 11th January 2012 on the theme of “Energy Efficiency, Historic Buildings and Urban Heritage”.

Heritage Europe’s Secretary General Brian Smith has been invited to contribute to the seminar as part of an expert panel .

The Seminar will comment on the EU Energy Efficiency Directive in relation to historic buildings. Do you have specific issues / thoughts on this topic you would like to raise?

Let us know…….


Creative Europe:

New programme proposed for Europe's cultural and creative sectors from 2014.

Creative Europe is the proposed new EU programme dedicated to the cultural and creative sectors. The proposal is now under discussion by the Council of EU Ministers and the European Parliament.

For more information visit


Working with Denmark

Heritage Europe is working with Danish NGO - Isager DK to plan a workshop of Danish Heritage organisations and historic towns in 2012.

A preparatory meeting will take place in Spring 2012 in the historic town of Odense.



Berlin Conference – “The Heritage of the City – Europe’s Future”


The conference organised by the German Federal Ministry for Transport, Building and Urban Development took place in Berlin 8-9 December 2011.

The conference brought together 475 delegates from all over Europe and beyond to explore “new opportunities through integrated urban development” in historic towns and cities. The conference covered a wide area of topics from urban planning, economic benefits of investing in cultural heritage, challenges of mass tourism in historic cities, to energy efficiency in historic buildings and environmental issues.


Heritage Europe’s Secretary General Brian Smith presented and moderated the forum entitled “Home and Hotel” which explored the theme of the interrelationship between the city as a place to live (“Home”) and as a visitor destination (“Hotel”). Presentations were given from the cities of Prague, Hamburg, Vienna, and Lviv.


Abstracts of presentations are available now – visit


Conference conclusions and presentations will be posted on our website as soon as available from the conference organisers.

New Members Update

Heritage Europe continues its campaign to attract new members.

We are pleased to welcome the City of L’Isla, Malta and the World Heritage City of Nessebar, Bulgaria and its Association “Mesambria Pontica”, as full members and we look forward to their active participation in our work.




City of L’Isla, Malta

Nessebar, Bulgaria


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