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European funding "Melina Mercouri Prize"


Through its Culture programme, the EU usually makes a financial contribution of €1.5 million to each Capital of Culture, to help fund events.

Since 2010, this funding has been in the form of the Melina Mercouri prize – awarded in recognition of sound preparations by the host city.


Melina Mercouri prize

The prize is not automatic – the host city must meet the commitments it made during the selection phase and follow the recommendations made by the monitoring panel, particularly ensuring the event has a "European dimension".

The Melina Mercouri prize:

In depth

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Study on the European Cities and Capitals of Culture and the European Cultural Months
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