Sighet Memorial is part, as of March 1, of the cultural European patrimony. The title was granted to 9 sites representing essential moments in the construction of today’s Europe. They were selected for their symbolic value, the role played by European history or activities carried out to bring EU closer to its citizens.
“I warmly congratulate the nine sites added to the list. Each of them was chosen for their symbolic value, thus representing different aspects in point of European ideals, values, history and integration. They will help us understand the past in point of building our future – an aspect of the patrimony we celebrate in 2018 throughout the European Cultural Patrimony Year”, said Tibor Navracsics, the European commissioner for education, culture, youth and sport, about the celebrated sites.
The nine selected sites were announced in 2017 at the Cultural European Forum held in Milan. Next to Sighet Memorial, the list also included: musical patrimony sites in Leipzig (Germany), synagogue complex on Dohany street (Hungary), Cadine fort (Italy), Javorca church (Slovenia), former concentration camp Natzweiler, Cazier forests (Belgium), Schengen village (Luxembourg) and the place where the Maastricht was signed (Holland). On the overall, the European cultural patrimony list includes now 38 sites throughout Europe.
A celebration ceremony will take place in Plovdiv (Bulgaria) on March 26, 2018, at the conference on the cultural patrimony as strategic resource for a durable Europe, organized in the context of the Bulgarian presidency at the EU Council.