EU panel recommends award of €1.5m Melina Mercouri Prize to Marseille and Košice
The European panel in charge of monitoring preparations by the 2013 European Capitals of Culture, Marseille (France) and Košice (Slovakia), has recommended that both should receive the Melina Mercouri Prize in recognition of the quality of their preparations. The prize amounts to €1.5 million for each city.As with all cities which have held the title of European Capital of Culture, Marseille and Košice have been assessed by a monitoring and advisory panel which ensures that their programme meets the criteria for the title and respects the pledges made by the cities before they were officially designated.
The cultural programme for the year must have a strong European dimension, reflected in the themes chosen and through the involvement of artists and cultural operators from different countries. The cities must also ensure that the event is attractive for the public and that it achieves a lasting impact by contributing to the long-term cultural and social development of the city.
The second and final monitoring meeting for the 2013 Capitals took place in Brussels at the end of April.
The Melina Mercouri Prize, is named after the former Greek Culture Minister who inspired the launch of the European Capital of Culture initiative in 1985.