We encourage and promote best practices, researches, awareness-raising, education and training projects in the field of cultural heritage in Europe!

The European Union Prize for Cultural Heritage / Europa Nostra Awards was launched in 2002 by the European Commission and has been organized by Europa Nostra since then. The Prize promotes excellence and stimulates the exchange of best practices in the heritage field across Europe. It also aims to communicate to the general public the beauty and the economic and social value of our cultural heritage.

The Prize honors every year up to 30 outstanding heritage achievements from all parts of Europe. Up to seven are selected as Grand Prix laureates and one receives the Public Choice Award, chosen in an online poll. All the winners receive a certificate as well as a plaque or trophy. The Grand Prix laureates also receive €10,000 each.

Europa Nostra Serbia is the key contact for awards of Europa Nostra and the European Union in Serbia. We track the projects and achievements of institutions, organizations and individuals concerned with the heritage of Serbia, encourage best among them to apply for the award and provide advice and assistance with the application process. Application process is still open in the summer of this year for the awards next year.

Suggest a project from Serbia or contact us for suggestions and support if you want to apply for the award!


The awards are given in four categories:


Outstanding achievements in the conservation, enhancement and adaptation to new uses of cultural heritage.


Outstanding research and digitization projects which lead to tangible effects in the conservation and enhancement of cultural heritage in Europe.


Open to individuals or organisations whose contributions over a long period of time demonstrate excellence in the protection, conservation and enhancement of cultural heritage in Europe and far exceeding normal expectations in the given context.


Outstanding initiatives related to education, training and awareness-raising in the field of tangible and/or intangible cultural heritage, to promote and/or to contribute to the sustainable development of the environment.

Specialist juries made up of independent experts assess the nominated projects and select the winners in the four categories. The awards are presented to the winners at a major public event, which is held each year in a different European city. Vienna hosted the European Heritage Awards Ceremony in 2014, Athens in 2013 and Lisbon in 2012. The European Union Prize for Cultural Heritage / Europa Nostra Awards has been supported by the EU Culture Programme (now replaced by the Creative Europe Programme). A total of 387 remarkable heritage accomplishments have been recognized in the past 12 years.

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