EFFORTS European Fortress Day – REGISTER NOW your September 2018 Heritage Day event 

In order to present Europe’s forts and fortifications to a larger European public, international partners are forming a new Europe-wide event : ‘European Fortress Day’.
EFFORTS, the European Federation of Fortified Sites, together with the Dutch foundation Stichting Liniebreed Ondernemen will create, together with dozens of fortress and fortification sites, this new event and the edition of European Fortress Day in September 2018.

2018, the European Year of Cultural Heritage, is at the basis of this initiative. We will have a modest start. This means that we will couple European Fortress Day to the European Heritage Days. ‘Days’ indeed, since not all countries organize their Heritage Day at the same Day in September. This way your Fortress Day activity will be easier to catch on in your city or region. This year European Heritage Day has a fitting theme : ‘In Europe’ ! Our goal in 2019 is to give European Fortress Day its
own date.

If you have questions, please contact : info@efforts-europe.eu
SLO members contact: juke@liniebreed.nl


EFFORTS Annual Conference 2018
EFFORTS is organizing from 8 to 9 November in Venice, with the kind support of Forte Marghera, at this venue its Annual Conference (working title : ‘The European Future of Fortification Heritage’). Discussions on sustainable development, adaptive reuse, the social aspects of preservation actions, and EU funding in the upcoming programs. If you want to join, contact already now our secretariat.



June 21-24th: Berlin conference, Sharing Heritage, Sharing Values
In the framework of the European Year of Cultural Heritage, the first ever European Cultural Heritage Summit held from 18-24 June 2018 in Berlin will bring together numerous citizens and organisations from all parts of Europe. They are architects, museum professionals, conservators-restorers, craftsmen, artists, private owners of heritage sites, associations and foundations, representatives of public authorities or financial institutions, entrepreneurs, start-ups, historians, journalists, volunteers, photographers, students, as well as Heads of States, Ministers of Culture, Mayors of historic cities, politicians who are members of national and regional parliaments, representatives of all European Union institutions and many European heritage networks.

The Heritage Alliance is managed by Europa Nostra: http://europeanheritagealliance.eu

EFFORTS will participate in the workshop on Adaptive Re-use of heritage sites on Wednesday. As part of the first European Cultural Heritage Summit, this workshop is organized with Europa Nostra and in cooperation with DG RTD and the European Committee of Regions in the frame of the Knowledge Exchange Platform – KEP. The purpose is to discuss a number of good practices in the field of reuse and identify success factors in a sustainable development perspective. The event takes place in the framework of one of the 10 EU Initiatives of the European Year of Cultural Heritage, which is dedicated to Heritage in transition: re-imagining industrial, religious and military spaces for the regeneration of urban and rural areas. The initiative aims at promoting good practice in the field of adaptive reuse so as to sensitize local/regional authorities and communities to the social, economic and environmental benefits of such (quality) operations.


26th of June, Brussels, Europa Nostra / European Heritage Alliance 3.3 CONFERENCE in the European Parliament
Efforts participates. 14h-19h00 in Brussels: “Cultural Heritage in Europe: Linking Past and Future” Important: please register online by 20 June (!) at https://ec.europa.eu/eusurvey/runner/CulturalHeritage
Taking place shortly after the Berlin Summit it will provide an excellent opportunity to further spread the word about the outcome of the European Policy Debate as well as about the Berlin Call of Action. Speakers: Petra Kammerevert MEP, CULT Chair,European Parliament, Tibor Navracsics, European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport, Lydia Koniordou, Minister of Culture and Sport, Greece, Silvia Costa MEP, CULT Committee, European Parliament.


EFFORTS June 28th: Brussels, Workshop ‘How to establish European partnerships for EU funding?
On 28 June, we present at the European Parliament our views on the post-2020 EU budget and organize afterwards a Brussels workshop on finding a sustainable European network for EU support.

Huibert Crijns, external funding officer of the city of ‘s Hertogenbosch will lead this exclusive workshop. Only for EFFORTS members.

We have seats left. Register with rafderoo@gmail.com or rafael.deroo@efforts-europe.eu

EFFORTS address, Trierstraat / rue de Trèves 67 in the -1 level meeting room.

12:15 (sandwich lunch offered by EFFORTS at the venue)
12:45 Draft outline of the European Structural Funds Programme 2020-2028 in the context of heritage speaker (t.b.a).
13:15 Funding for heritage: the art of tilting, speaker: Huibert Crijns MSc, external funding officer at the Heritage Department, municipality of Den Bosch, the Netherlands
14:00 Questions and discussion on ongoing and future EU projects, mediated by Peter Ros, EFFORTS vice-president
15:45 Closing of the meeting


Are you in Brussels anytime? Need an ad-hoc workspace for a few hours or need to make a few copies? We are happy to receive you @ the EFFORTS office in Brussels at Trierstraat 67 rue de Trèves, 1040 Brussels (around the corner from the European Parliament).

You can make an appointment at rafael.deroo@efforts-europe.eu (EU liaison).

Also: if you need help contacting an EU official, service or a Member of the European Parliament or you need info on finding your way around Brussels, contact the same mail address.