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What are the European Capitals of Culture?


The European Capitals of Culture initiative is the European Union's most ambitious and visible cultural project in size and impact. It is also the best known cultural project among the public. The aim is to promote and celebrate Europe's rich cultural diversity and shared aspects of our heritage, and to promote mutual understanding and intercultural dialogue. The European Capitals of Culture are also an opportunity to regenerate cities, to give new vitality to their cultural life, to boost their creativity and to change their image. This contributes to the long-term development of European cities and their regions.

EU celebrates 25th anniversary of European Capitals of Culture


On 23-24 March, the European Commission will celebrate the 25th anniversary of the European Capitals of Culture with a conference and exhibition in Brussels attended by more than 400 representatives of past, present and future Capitals and many other cultural operators. President José Manuel Barroso and Commissioner Androulla Vassiliou will open the event, together with Doris Pack, chair of the Culture Committee of the European Parliament. The conference is aimed at sharing experiences and good practices as well as assessing the impact of the European Capitals of Culture since its launch in 1985.

Ethnic minorities: Brussels conference on EU projects in support of Roma community


Projects financed by the European Union in support of the Roma community and its culture will be in the spotlight at a conference in Brussels organised by the European Commission on 10-11 March. The event is part of the Commission's contribution to the European Year for Combating Poverty and Social Exclusion.

Culture: Commission proposes EU-wide European Heritage Label
Culture: Commission proposes EU-wide European Heritage Label


The European Commission has today proposed to establish the 'European Heritage Label' as an EU-wide initiative. The aim of the Label is to highlight sites that celebrate and symbolize European integration, ideals and history. The proposed Decision to establish the Label will be submitted to the EU's Council of Ministers and the European Parliament for adoption and could come into effect in 2011 or 2012.