Proposals for the European Capital of Culture title are assessed against criteria laid down in the Decision on the European Capital of Culture 2007-19 – 1622/2006/EC. In practice, some other factors are also taken into consideration. These are listed below.
Article 4 of Decision 1622/2006/EC specifies that the programme must:
In other words, candidate cities must present the role they have played in European culture, their links with Europe, their European identity. They must also demonstrate current involvement in European artistic and cultural life, alongside their own specific features.
Concretely, the selection panel will look at:
City and citizens
Article 4 of Decision 1622/2006/EC also specifies that the programme must:
In other words, candidate cities must present a programme that anticipates large-scale public involvement at both local and European levels. How can the city attract not only the local and national population, but also tourists from other countries?
This criterion is also intended to encourage cities to devise a programme with lasting effects; a programme which impacts on the long-term development of the city.
While the panel focuses on the two key areas mentioned above when considering its selection, it also takes account of other factors including:
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