Brussels, 28 June 2011 - The Spanish city of Donostia-San Sebastián was recommended today for the title of European Capital of Culture in 2016 by an independent selection panel. It will host the title along with Wrocław in Poland (IP/11/766). The formal nomination by the EU's Council of Ministers will take place in May 2012.
Brussels, 21 June 2011 - Today the Polish city of Wrocław was recommended for the title of European Capital of Culture in 2016 by an independent selection panel. It will host the title along with a Spanish city, to be selected next week. The formal nomination by the EU's Council of Ministers will take place in May 2012.
Brussels / Barcelona, 20 June 2011 -The winners of the 2011 European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture / Mies van der Rohe Award were honoured today in Barcelona. David Chipperfield Architects in collaboration with Julian Harrap received the main prize for their reconstruction of the Neues Museum in Berlin and Ramon Bosch and Bet Capdeferro won the 'emerging architect special mention' award for the Collage House in Girona. Androulla Vassiliou and Jordi Hereu, acting mayor of Barcelona, presented them with sculptures representing the Mies van der Rohe Pavilion and a cash prize of €60,000 and €20,000 respectively.
The awards will be presented by Androulla Vassiliou and Plácido Domingo, the world-renowned tenor and president of Europa Nostra. Six of the 27 winners will be named tonight as 'Grand Prix' laureates in recognition of their outstanding heritage achievements. The ceremony will be attended by an audience of some 1500 people including H.R.H. Princess Margriet of The Netherlands.
"The Erasmus programme is one of the great success stories of the European Union. The latest figures speak for themselves: Erasmus is more popular than ever and I am committed to securing more resources for it in future. Studying or training abroad opens doors to personal development and job opportunities so we are right to be ambitious when it comes to investing in our young people," said Androulla Vassiliou.