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Consultation on the future of the European Capitals of Culture (ECOC)

Results of the consultation

The public consultation on the future of the ECoC beyond 2019 is now over. Please find:

In addition, an independent evaluation of the current selection and monitoring procedures was carried out for the Commission.

We also draw your attention on the evaluations of past ECoC, as well as on the conclusions of the 25 year anniversary conference held in March 2010.

The Commission will take these various elements into account for the preparation of its proposal for the future of the ECoC beyond 2019. This proposal will be submitted to the European Parliament and the Council for the ordinary legislative procedure in 2012.

Title: Consultation on the future of the European Capitals of Culture (ECOC)

Policy field: Culture

Target group(s): The consultation is open to individual citizens, public and private bodies, local/regional authorities, ministries and relevant stakeholders both inside and outside the EU and in the European institutions and associations.

Period of consultation: from 27.10.2010 to 12.01.2011

Objective of the consultation:

2010 marks the 25th anniversary of the European Capitals of Culture (ECoC) and there is a large consensus that in these 25 years, the ECoC have become one of the most ambitious cultural events in Europe, both in scope and scale. They have also become one of the most visible initiatives of the EU and probably one of the most appreciated by European citizens.

The current rules of the ECoC (Decision 1622/2006/EC) list the countries entitled to host the title until 2019. As the selection procedure for a ECoC starts six years in advance (the selection for the 2016 ECoC is currently underway), it is necessary to think now about how the scheme should be continued beyond this period. Indeed, in order to have a smooth transition in 2020, the European Commission will have to put forward a proposal in the first semester of 2012 which will then have to be adopted by the Council and the European Parliament.

The experience of the last 25 years shows that the ECoC, when they are done well, generate significant economic, social and cultural benefits for the host cities. We also know, however, that some cities were less successful than others in capitalising on the potential of the event. Furthermore, if we want to retain the strong "brand" value which the ECoC title acquired over the years, it will be essential to ensure that the event remains credible and relevant in the long term.

The purpose of this consultation is to gather as broadly as possible views from individuals, organisations and public authorities on the future of the ECoC as there is a need to see whether the ECoC's objectives, rules and procedures need to be revised, and if this is the case, how they should be modified in the light of evolving circumstances in order to ensure that they are as relevant, clear and focused as possible.

How to submit your contribution

  • Individuals - English
  • Organisations, please click here
  • public authorities - English
Received contributions will be published online. Please read the privacy statement attached to this consultation to see how your personal data and contribution will be handled.

Reference documents and other, related consultations

For further information on the European Capitals of Culture, please check:

Contact details

Responsible service: Directorate-General for Education and Culture – Unit D2 Culture Programme and Actions

E-mail :

Postal address: European Commission – MADO 17/51 – 1049 Brussels - Belgium

View the contributions

In the interests of transparency, organisations have been invited to provide the public with relevant information about themselves by registering in the Interest Representative Register and subscribing to its Code of Conduct. If the organisation is not registered, the submission is published separately from the registered organisations.

Results of consultation and next steps

The results of this online consultation will be analysed and summarised in a report that will be published on this website in the first semester of 2011. Received contributions, together with the identity of the contributor will be published on the Internet, unless the contributor objects to publication of personal data on the grounds that such publication would harm his or her legitimate interests. In this case the contribution may be published in anonymous form.

In addition to the online consultation, a public meeting open to all interested individuals and organisations will be held in Brussels on 2 March 2011.

The Commission will take these consultations into account when drafting its proposal for the future of the ECoC beyond 2020, following an assessment of possible social, economic and environmental impacts.

- Protection of personal data

- Specific privacy statement

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