The panel responsible for selecting the European Capital of Culture for 2015 in the Czech Republic recommended yesterday in Prague that the title be awarded to Pilsen. The other Czech city still in contention was Ostrava. The formal nomination of Pilsen by the Council of Ministers will probably take place in May 2011.
Androulla Vassiliou, the European Commissioner responsible for education, culture, multilingualism and youth, stated: "I am very happy to see so much enthusiasm in the Czech Republic for the 2015 title. Pilsen presented a high quality bid, full of energy and creativity. I am confident that Pilsen will prepare an exciting programme of events, with a strong European dimension, which will appeal to the public at large. I wish every success to Pilsen.
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