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Final monitoring panel

Once your city has been officially chosen as a European Capital of Culture, the city authorities, together with the bodies responsible for implementing the cultural programmes during the year, must meet the monitoring and advisory panel twice before the event starts:

How to prepare for the meetings

At least 3 months before each meeting, the implementing bodies must send the panel (via the Commission) a progress report on the programmes presented and commitments made at the selection stage.
The progress report must be based on a questionnaire the Commission will send your city. It is based on your application form, the panel's recommendations from the selection stage and any specific issues for your city.

What happens in the meetings?

The panel will assess the progress of the preparations, give guidance and check compliance both with the commitments your city made (especially on "European dimension" and "city and citizens") and the panel's own recommendations.

It may also decide it needs to visit your city to better assess its preparations, and delegate one or more people to do so.

Monitoring reports

After each monitoring meeting, the panel issues a report (published on our (future European Capitals of Culture page) on the state of preparations for the event and any steps to be taken.

In the report after the 2nd monitoring meeting, based on its overall assessment of the city's preparations, the panel will recommend to the Commission whether or not to award your city EU funding for the event (the Melina Mercouri prize).

Monitoring reports

In depth

Summary of the 25 year anniversary conference on the European Capitals of Culture

Turku, European Capital of Culture 2011

Tallinn, Turku, European Capital of Culture 2011

The brochure: the road to success from 1985 to 2010

European Capitals of Culture: the road to success

Official documents

European Capital of Culture for the years 2007 to 2019

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