The European Heritage Label


The European Heritage Label (EHL) is a new European Union initiative, which builds on a 2006 intergovernmental initiative. It was established by Decision 1194/2011/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council.

The general objectives of the European Heritage Label are to strengthen European citizens’ sense of belonging to the European Union, in particular that of young people, which is based on shared values and elements of European history and cultural heritage, as well as on respect of national and regional diversity, and on strengthening of intercultural dialogue. For this purpose, the Label emphasises the symbolic value and highlights the profile of sites that have played a significant role in the history and culture of Europe and/or the establishment of the European Union.

Official Journal of the European Union ( ΟJ) Law 303 of 22 November 2011