The Bois du Cazier, site of a former coal mine in Marcinelle (Charleroi), has been awarded the European Heritage Label, the management of the Bois du Cazier museum said on Wednesday in a press release. The label was granted by the European Commission following a selection by an independent committee.
In 2017, 19 participating European Union member states pre-selected 25 sites for the award. Nine were finally approved for inclusion on the list of sites bearing the label, which now number 38. These include the ancient centre of Athens, the Imperial Palace in Vienna and the historic naval shipyard in Gdansk.
Known for a mining catastrophe that claimed 262 lives in 1956, the Bois du Cazier illustrates workers’ condition and immigration. Along with three other mine sites, it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2012.
According to the museum’s management, the European Commission will officially designate the sites in February 2018 and the awards will be handed over at a ceremony in March 2018.