The European Historic Houses has an advocacy role towards all relevant European institutions and stakeholders on behalf of owners of historic houses.

It aims at raising awareness on historic houses and ackowledge the enormous contribution of their owners to the preservation of our common heritage. We want citizens and politicians to understand that owners dedicate their time, money, effort and passion to preserve these houses.

We work in several policy areas affecting owners of historic houses at European level and rely on our members to share our messages at national level.

Check the 2019 European election campaign

Virtuous fiscal environment 

We are promoting the idea of a virtuous fiscal environnement for historic houses, notably by supporting reduced VAT rates on preservation and renovation works in historic houses.

We believe that:

  • Attractive tax policueus would encourage owners to carry out renovation works, including relating to energy efficiency regulations
  • Preventive works are more cost-effective in the long term than post-damage reconstructions
  • Such works would stimulate the employment of local, skilled crafstmen
  • Attractive tax policies would be an alternative to subsidized grants

We also promote virtuous fiscal and regulatory frameworks relating to the operations of SMEs as part of a historic house’ business model.

Energy efficiency regulations

We are working to prevent further measures directly affecting historic building and their owners, regarding the application of the Energy Performance of Building Directives (EPBD), the Energy Efficiency Directive (EED) and the Renewable Energy Directive (RED).

We advocate for examptions regarding historic buildings to be introduced when relevant within European legislation.

We collaborate with the European Property Fund & International Union of Property Owners.


We promote alternative, sustainable cultural tourism within historic houses in Europe as a way of reducing tourism overflow in some European cities.

This is a subject we will focus in the coming years, notably by promoting networks of historic houses and developing thematic cultural routes.


Manifesto 2015