Four Bulgarian cities short-listed for European Capital of Culture 2019
The selection panel, tasked with shortlisting the Bulgarian cities competing for the title of European Capital of Culture 2019 met in Sofia from 10 to 12 December. The panel recommended four cities: Plovdiv, Sofia, Varna and Veliko Turnovo. Once this recommendation has been confirmed by Bulgaria, the cities have until next summer to complete their applications. The selection panel will meet again in the third quarter of 2014 to recommend which city which will be the European Capital of Culture.
In accordance with the Decision of the European Parliament and Council of Ministers which sets the criteria for the European Capital of Culture, Bulgaria and Italy are the two Member States hosting the event in 2019. The pre-selection round in Italy took place in November.
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