At the opening of the European Year of Cultural Heritage, Europa Nostra, the leading heritage organisation in Europe, and the European Investment Bank Institute announced the 12 heritage sites shortlisted for the 7 Most Endangered programme 2018 by a panel of experts in various fields. The final list of 7 most endangered heritage sites in Europe will be unveiled on 15 March.
The 7 Most Endangered identifies the most threatened monuments, sites and landscapes in Europe and mobilises public and private partners at all levels to find a viable future for these heritage gems.
‘The 7 Most Endangered’ programme was launched in 2013 by Europa Nostra with the European Investment Bank Institute as founding partner and the Council of Europe Development Bank as associated partner. It is supported by the Creative Europe programme of the European Union, as part of Europa Nostra’s networking project ‘Sharing Heritage – Sharing Values’ [2017-2020].
The Buzludzha Project Foundation proposes that the Buzludzha Monument could become an example for the preservation of other similar heritage sites throughout Eastern Europe. Conservation work and the preparation of the monument for sustainable tourism are suggested as the most viable long-term solutions for its survival.