Nicosia, 22 December 2011 - The selection panel appointed to assess the cities applying to be European Capital of Culture in 2017 has recommended that Nicosia and Paphos are preselected as the Cypriot contenders for the 2017 title. The panel's decision was announced in Cyprus today by Androulla Vassiliou, the European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth. The preselected cities will now flesh out and complete their applications by next summer for the second and final selection round.
Brussels, 4 December 2011 - 6 films supported by the EU's MEDIA programme for cinema won European Oscars at the 2011 European Film Awards in Berlin on 3 December. The award for best European film went to 'Melancholia'.