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Webinar on Successful EU Funded Projects

EHH Webinar Presentation

Name of the event: Webinar on Successful EU Funded Projects

Date: November 18, 2020

Location: Zoom

Number of participants: over 55

Number of registrations: over 130

Contact emails:;;

Addendums: The recording of the webinar, the speakers’ presentations and the “Support Document of the Study ‘Heritage Houses for Europe’ – EU funding guide to family-owners of heritage houses”.

Webinar Summary

 On November 18th, 2020, European Historic Houses organised a webinar where remarkable speakers from different European countries shared their successful experiences regarding EU funded projects.

The purpose of the webinar was to bring together private owners of historic heritage from a variety of countries across Europe and to promote discussion and information sharing among them on the topic of EU funding opportunities. 

The event included four different sessions. Firstly, the EHH Executive President, Alfonso Pallavicini, welcomed all the participants and speakers. Then, the EHH Head of Office, Ewelina Oksiuta, presented the different EU funding opportunities and programmes that were going to be discussed by the speakers – Erasmus+, Creative Europe, the European Regional Development Fund and Cohesion Fund, and the European Agriculture Fund for Rural Development. The particularities of each programme and the respective way of accessing the EU funds can be found in the “Support Document of the Study ‘Heritage Houses for Europe’ – EU funding guide to family-owners of heritage houses”. This document will be sent by EHH to all the participants in the webinar, together with the recording of the webinar itself and all the PowerPoint presentations. After the six presentations of successful EU funded projects given by their protagonists and before saying goodbye, there was a fruitful question time, during which the participants had the chance to address questions directly to the speakers.

Multiannual Financial Framework 2021-2027

Very important to mention is that, in the abovementioned EU funding guide, the budget of each funding programme is based on the Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) 2014-2020. As explained during Oksiuta’s presentation, there are some changes in the programmes from this point of view under the MFF 2021-2027, which should also be supplemented by the new Recovery Fund.


Erasmus+ 2021-2027

Total budget: +2,2 billion compared to the previous period.

Its new priorities are oriented towards more opportunities abroad for over 14 million people, inclusiveness, accessibility and international visibility.

Creative Europe

Total budget: 2.4 b EUR, i.e. 57% increase compared to 2014-2020 level.

Creative Europe is the only programme focusing exclusively on cultural and creative activities and enterprises, it falls under the ‘Cohesion and values’ heading of the 2021-2027 multiannual financial framework.

As part of the new MFF, it will provide more opportunities for cultural and creative actors to run cross-border projects; more attention to digital transformation that affects the cultural and creative sectors and more support for the promotion of the European cultural and creative work beyond the EU.

European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and Cohesion Fund (CF)

During 2021-2027, 65% to 85% of ERDF and Cohesion Fund resources will be allocated to these priorities, depending on Member States’ relative wealth.

The programs will focus more on achieving a smarter Europe, through innovation, digitisation, economic transformation, and support to small and medium-sized businesses, as well as a Greener, carbon-free Europe, implementing the Paris Agreement and investing in the energy transition, renewables, and the fight against climate change

European Agriculture Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD)

The EAFRD aims to foster the competitiveness of agriculture, ensure the sustainable management of national resources, support climate actions, and achieve a balanced territorial development of rural economies and communities. This also includes restoration, maintenance, and upgrading of cultural and natural heritage sites and rural landscapes. Thus, it is important to note that the EAFRD does not only fund farming-related activities but has a much wider scope.

Successful EU funded projects

The core part of the webinar was dedicated to the presentation of six successful EU funded projects.

The first project, presented by Lluís Bonet Agustí, Professor at the University of Barcelona, is an Erasmus+ project called “CHARTER – Cultural Heritage Action to Refine Training, Education and Roles”. Very important to mention is the fact that the European Historic Houses Association is one of the 25 partners of the project consortium.

The next project, presented by Alice Bovone, Chief Operating Officer at Le Dimoredel Quartetto, is another successful Erasmus+ project called “MUSA: European young MUsicians soft Skills Alliance”. ADSI, the Italian historic houses association, is associated partner of the project.

Afterwards, Stefania Pignatelli, cultural entrepreneur operating in the Italian region Marche, introduced a successful Creative Europe project called “OPHERAOPening cultural HERitage to communities during the central-Italy post-earthquAke long-term restoration process. Digital technologies and new competencies for cultural professionals”.

The following project to be presented was another Creative Europe, named “Artists in Architecture Re-Activating Modern European Houses”, coordinated and presented by Francis Carpentier and Magdaléna Lišková, respectively Curatorial Project Coordinator and Head of Institutional Relations of BOZAR, the Brussels Centre for Fine Arts.

Then, Prof. Heinz Schinner, owner of Scholss Rotenturm in Austria, and Dr. Martina Bergmann, his personal assistant, talked about the renovation of Schloss Rotenturm, whose project was co-funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).

Finally, the last successful experience was presented by Pol de la Pintière: it was about his successful renovation project of Château d’Auteuil based on the LEADER method and co-funded by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD).


The EHH Webinar on Successful EU Funded Projects had an extremely positive outcome. Many were the participants and many were also those who would have liked to participate but could not: for technical reasons, EHH could not accept more than a certain number of people in the video call on the Zoom platform. This is why, as previously mentioned, EHH will send to everyone the recording of the webinar itself. The atmosphere throughout the whole webinar was formal and friendly at the same time: the speakers presented their interesting personal experiences and then made themselves available to answer all the numerous and stimulating questions the participants asked them.

EHH intends to continue raising awareness among its members on the issue of the access to EU funds, which EHH believes is particularly important for the sector of privately-owned historic houses. Through the presentation of some success stories during the webinar, EHH aimed at stimulating some interest in the topic, in anticipation of and waiting for our next events. As a matter of fact, this webinar is intended to be a foretaste of the Seminar on the EU and Access to Funds that EHH was organising in Brussels this autumn and which for obvious reason was postponed and will take place (hopefully) next spring. 

Webinar recording

EHH Extraordinary General Assembly

Post-Extraordinary General Assembly Summary Report


Name of the event: EHH Extraordinary General Assembly

Date: November 17, 2020

Location: Zoom

Number of participants: over 40

Contact emails:;;

Appendix: presentation


Extraordinary General Assembly Summary


Unconventionally, the Extraordinary General Assembly took place virtually on November 17th, 2020.

The main reason for gathering together all the governors was due to Statutory Changes 1 (Par 8.2.1),  Statutory Changes 2 (Changes demanded by the new Belgian law), Statutory Changes 3 (Changes decided in GA 2019), Existing members to be renewed until the end of 2022, Existing members to be renewed until the end of 2023, the Nomination of the newly proposed members until the end of 2023, as well as the Approval of accounts 2019 and budget 2020 (AISBL).

Everybody was virtually welcomed by the EHH Executive President, Alfonso Pallavicini. The first topic on the agenda was related to the renewals/changes in EXCOM (see presentation p. 7-12). Then, the new members of EXCOM had the opportunity to address their first words and introduce themselves to the governors.

Important to mention is that EXCOM had decided to expand in order to increase political visibility and lobbying capacities. Therefore, the initiative was mainly oriented towards the countries in which the association is not yet present, namely the Communist countries in Central and Eastern Europe.

 Dana Beldiman will be in charge of this twofold démarche. The idea is to present the importance of a Historic Houses Association to CEE countries. The new associations will therefore be granted a two-year “observer” status within EHH with no membership payment obligation.

EHH invited the new potential members who gladly presented their thoughts and the situations in the country they represent (see presentation p. 15-29).

The first speech was delivered on the behalf of Schlösser und Gärten in Deutschland e.V. (SGD). Afterwards, Károlyi Stately Home Fehérvárcsurgó was presented. Moreover, two more Romanian castle owners showed their will of creating an Association for private owners, as well as the President of Pro Patrimonio France who explained the importance of protecting the Romanian cultural heritage.

Another topic elaborated during the Extraordinary General Assembly was related to the financials. Alfonso Pallavicini presented a detailed overview of the 2018-2020 budget and highlighted the anticipated 2021 budget.

Thereafter, the Vice President, William Cartwright Hignett, talk about Next Generation. He gave an insight into the 2021 conference and explained the strategy behind the NextGen membership launch.

A topic of great interest was dedicated to lobbying. The Head of Office, Ewelina Oksiuta, outlined the fact that EHH is part of the European Commission’s expert group on cultural heritage in which the association is actively engaged. Moreover, she talked about two new networks that EHH joined in 2020 – European Tourism Manifesto Alliance and Climate Heritage Network.

At the moment, EHH is in touch with Chair CULT Committee European Parliament, Sabine Verheyen. A. Pallavicini, W. Lobkowicz and E. Oksiuta virtually met S. Verheyen and discussed the main priorities of our sector and the importance of buil heritage. 10 key messages were addressed by S. Verheyen (see presentation p. 40).

Another current priority of the association is the EU building stock renovation policy and private historic houses. Besides the general overview of this topic and its main aspects, Alfonso Pallavicini explained EHH current position and priorities against potential amendments to the EU legislative framework within the Renovation Wave Strategy, focusing mostly on the assurance that the exemption favorable to historic houses will not be modified and lobbying activity at the national level.

An inspiring part of the meeting was related to the activity review. Firstly, Ewelina Oksiuta was honorable to present the success of EHH in terms of EU projects. Blueprint Skills Alliance for Cultural Heritage is the first project to which EHH was selected. EHH was not selected for the submission of HORIZON 2020 – Coordination and Support Actions. However, two more projects were submitted at the end of October whose results are expected to be received in February.

Towards the end of the General Assembly, Ewelina Oksiuta has also presented some of the activities organised by EHH during 2019 and 2020 and showed off the virtual projects of the association – European Heritage Weeks: Facebook Live Visits and Houses of the Month.

The Extraordinary General Assembly was finalised with the Strategy 2019-2023 and key focus areas of 2021.

Open presentation

European Heritage Photographer of the year

Press Release

The European Historic Houses Association is pleased to announce the top three winners of its 2018 photo contest.

The competition was launched in May 2018, during the European Private Heritage Week With 250 entries, we are proud to have captured the diversity and beauty of astonishing private historic houses and gardens in various European countries (
Based on our terms and conditions (private historic houses, located in Europe, interesting historical background and not highly manipulated) and a serious selection procedure, we are pleased to announce that the official jury[1] awarded:
Joint 1st Prize: Dreamland, the Festetics-Batthány Castle, taken by Gabriella Funtig and the Syon House in London, taken by Simon Hadleigh-Sparks.
2nd Prize: The Blessed Trinity, taken by Declan Hackett
Together with sixteen other pictures, they have exposed during the European Historic Houses Association Annual Conference in the EU Committee of the Regions and will be disclosed throughout 2018 and 2019 various locations.

The team of the European Historic Houses Association would like to congratulate all the winners and the various photographers who posted their pictures online!!

1] The Jury consisted of recognized photographers and EU representative, namely Mr. Oliver Curtis and Mr. Mark Thackara from the United Kingdom, Mr. Jean Pierre Gabriel from Belgium and Ms. Catherine Magnant, Deputy head of Unit of the Directorate-General for Education and Culture from the European Commission.

Le Dimore del Quartetto

The European Historic Houses Association has a great opportunity for your members! We have concluded a partnership with the Italian association Le Dimore del Quartetto and we are looking for private owners of historic houses willing to engage with the initiative.

Le Dimore del Quartetto supports excellent young string quartets and promotes living cultural heritage in historic houses, thus relaunching their role as patrons of the arts.

Concretely, private owners willing to join the network host musicians for 7 days for free in exchange for concerts (that can be either private or open to the public), by providing accommodation for 4 people, a rehearsal room and a venue for concerts.

In exchange, the Quartets perform concerts in the house, which creates value for the house, fosters gatherings and enables private owners to showcase to an interested audience the other activities which are carried out in the house (guided tours, exhibitions….). It is also a great opportunity to unite again historic houses and the living arts.

Set up in partnership with the ADSI (our Italian Association), the project currently gathers 79 houses and organized 80 concerts and residencies in 2017; and is gaining momentum in Italy with increased press coverage.

We are looking to expand this initiative to other European countries, and we are thus calling on you to circulate the information to your members.

Interested private owners should express their interest by December 8 by sending an email or calling the Secretariat of the Association.


Phone: +32 (0) 2 400 77 00

You will also find below to this email the brochure of Le Dimore del Quartetto with further information on the initiative.

Best regards,

Rodolphe de Looz-Corswarem

Executive President



European Heritage Awards 2017

Plácido Domingo and EU Commissioner Navracsics announce Grand Prix winners of the European Heritage Awards 2017 in Turku

Turku, 15 May 2017 – The winners of the 2017 EU Prize for Cultural Heritage / Europa Nostra Awards, Europe’s top honour in the field, were celebrated this evening during a high-profile event at St. Michael’s Church in Turku, Finland. Maestro Plácido Domingo, President of Europa Nostra, the leading heritage organisation in Europe, and Tibor Navracsics, European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport, co-hosted the European Heritage Awards Ceremony. They announced and presented the 7 Grand Prix and the Public Choice Award, chosen from among the 29 winning achievements of this year.


The 7 Grand Prix laureates, selected by an independent jury of experts and entitled to receive €10,000 each, are:

Category Conservation

Baroque Complex and Gardens in Kuks, Hradec Králové Region, CZECH REPUBLIC
The King’s Road across Filefjell, NORWAY
Cultural Palace, in Blaj, Transylvania, ROMANIA
Roof for the Ruins of the Monastery of San Juan,Burgos, SPAIN

Category Research

Bosch Research and Conservation Project, ‘s-Hertogenbosch, THE NETHERLANDS

Category Dedicated Service

Mr. Ferdinand Meder, Zagreb, CROATIA

Category Education, Training and Awareness-Raising

Centre of Visual Arts and Research, Nicosia, CYPRUS

The Public Choice Award, which is in its sixth edition, goes to Mr. Zoltán Kallós, who has devotedly compiled collections of music, dance, storytelling and crafts of the Hungarian, Romanian, Saxon and Roma communities of Transylvania in Romania for over 70 years. It is the first time that an accomplishment in the category Dedicated Service to Heritage obtains the highest number of votes. 11,500 people voted for their favourite heritage achievements in Europe via an online poll conducted by Europa Nostra.

During the ceremony, the EU Prize for Cultural Heritage / Europa Nostra Awards were presented to 29 winners from 18 countries taking part in the EU’s Creative Europe programme. In addition, two exemplary projects from Switzerland and Turkey, European countries that are not participating in that programme, also received a Europa Nostra Award.

“It has been an enormous privilege to meet and honour all Award winners in the beautiful historic city of Turku on the occasion of Finland’s 100th anniversary of independence. Each winner is a shining example for all of us who care and work for our common heritage. Our Awards Ceremony and Congress in Turku was also the perfect occasion to mobilise our award winners, members and partners to actively contribute to the European Year of Cultural Heritage in 2018. We must not miss this historic opportunity to put our shared cultural heritage where it belongs – at the very heart of the European project which we need to revive!” stated Plácido Domingo, the renowned opera singer and President of Europa Nostra.  

“Once again, the EU Prize for Cultural Heritage / Europa Nostra Awards celebrate the talent of excellent craftspeople and professionals, the tireless work of volunteers, and the devoted efforts of educators, who ensure that our cultural heritage can be enjoyed today and safeguarded for future generations. Europe’s cultural heritage is one of its most valuable resources. Its value is not just symbolic – it has a positive impact on our quality of life, on our economy and on our society. I am delighted that 2018 will be the European Year of Cultural Heritage. This is a great opportunity to make EU citizens from all backgrounds aware of the value of our shared cultural heritage, the risks it faces and the opportunities it offers for fostering social inclusion and building the communities of the future,” said Tibor Navracsics, European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport.

The Awards Ceremony in Turku was attended by some 1,200 people, including heritage professionals, volunteers and supporters from across Europe as well as top-level representatives from EU institutions, Member States and the host country.

The Awards Ceremony was the closing public event of the European Heritage Congress that has brought hundreds of heritage players from all over Europe to Turku on 11-15 May. Organised by Europa Nostra and its country representation Europa Nostra Finland, the Congress was supported by the City of Turku, numerous public and private bodies from Finland and other European countries as well as by the Creative Europe programme of the European Union.

In 2018, the EU Prize for Cultural Heritage / Europa Nostra Awards will be used as a pivotal instrument for promoting the key objectives and messages of the European Year of Cultural Heritage. The Call for Entries 2018 for this Special Edition of the Awards Scheme will be posted on 1 June 2017 on the Awards website:

European Historic Houses Association




Rodolphe de Looz-Corswarem, President of the European Historic Houses Association, taking the floor at Schönbrunn Palace (Vienna)

Dear members
Dear readers

As you will notice in our newsletter, the year 2016 got off to a great start in many areas for the association.
We organised two important events. The first one in France (Fontainebleau) gathered together our Next Gen Group. The second one was our annual field trip with the Members of the Association and took place in Vienna and surroundings last month. Both events reassured me on the vitality and innovative thinking of our members, bringing at the forefront the essential role private Weiterlesen