These cities were officially chosen in May 2009 by the Council of the EU on the basis of the programmes they submitted and the selection panel's report on candidate cities for 2013.
Their preparations were followed closely throughout by the monitoring and advisory panel.
Each of the 2013 Capitals of Culture was awarded the Melina Mercouri prize in September 2012. Once chosen, the cities are responsible for implementing the programme of events proposed.
Summary of the 25 year anniversary conference [2 MB] on the European Capitals of Culture
The brochure: the road to success from 1985 to 2010 [8 MB]
European Capital of Culture for the years 2007 to 2019