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Published:  20 Dec 2022

Commission publishes call for pool of experts for the European Heritage Label

The European Heritage Label action is seeking professionals from a variety of disciplines to join its pool of experts. The European panel experts are responsible for carrying out the selection at the Union level.

The aim of this call is to establish a pool of experts for the European level of the selection process of the European Heritage Label. The European Commission will select 4 experts from this pool and appoint them as members of the panel for a three year long mandate.

The deadline for applications is 5 February 2023.

Selection criteria

The Commission will consider the following during the selection process

  • complementarity of competences
  • a balanced geographical distribution
  • gender balance

The call is open to citizens of the European Union.

Applicants must demonstrate through their CV and cover letter that they meet the following criteria:

  • have a master degree in political science, history, social sciences, remembrance policy, cultural heritage, or similar
  • have at least 8 years of work experience in academia, teaching, research or similar field
  • have previous experience in drafting reports for EU or other international organisations, governments, or similar
  • have excellent oral and writing skills in English
  • have knowledge of cultural heritage issues within Europe, or of European cultural policies is an advantage
  • be available to devote an appropriate number of working days per year to the panel work

Application process

Applicants should submit their application in English online.

Applicants are also requested to submit

  • a CV in Europass format highlighting how his/her profile covers the selection criteria indicated above. Learn more and create your Europass format CV
  • a motivation letter explaining why the applicant would like to be part of the European panel and how he/she could bring added value to the work of the panel

Only complete applications including the online form, the curriculum vitae and the motivation letter will be considered.

Role and duties of the EHL Experts

Roles and duties are described in detail in the legal decision establishing a European Union action for the European Heritage Label (Decision 1194/2011/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council).

European Heritage Label – background Information

Decision 1194/2011/EU establishes a Union action for the European Heritage Label (EHL) for the years 2011 to 2025.

This label highlights sites which have played a significant role in the history, culture and development of the European Union. The ultimate objective of the EHL is to strengthen people’s sense of belonging to the European Union and to strengthen intercultural dialogue.

By 2022, the European selection panel awarded the European Heritage Label to 60 sites in 22 countries. These sites carry forward an inclusive, people-centred and value-based definition of, and approach to cultural heritage.

Each site is expected to develop and carry activities that raise awareness of their role in the history and culture of Europe and/or the building of the European Union.

With the attribution of the European Heritage Label, selected heritage sites become part of a renowned and prestigious network that have shaped the history of Europe. European Heritage Label sites invite visitors, especially young people, to discover all types of cultural heritage from a European perspective.

The European Heritage Label is different from other initiatives in the field of cultural heritage, such as the UNESCO World Heritage List, the UNESCO Conventions on Intangible Cultural Heritage or the Council of Europe’s Cultural Routes. This is because it puts

  • the symbolic value of the site before the beauty or architectural quality of the site
  • emphasis on the activities and educational dimension, especially for young people, the safeguarding and conservation of the sites

Note: this page was updated on 10 January to remove the phrase "Public servants and representatives affiliated to national and European institutions are not eligible to participate in this call."

Published:  20 Dec 2022