Six Italian cities short-listed for European Capital of Culture 2019
The selection panel, tasked with shortlisting the Italian candidate cities for the title of European Capital of Culture 2019, met today in Rome (Italy).
The panel recommended six cities: Cagliari, Lecce, Matera, Perugia, Ravenna, and Siena. Once this recommendation has been confirmed by the Italian government, the preselected cities will complete their applications by next summer. The selection panel will then meet again in the third quarter of 2014 to recommend the Italian city to be selected as European Capital of Culture in 2019.
In accordance with the Decision of the European Parliament and Council of Ministers which sets the criteria for the European Capital of Culture, Italy and Bulgaria are the two Member States hosting the event in 2019. The pre-selection in Bulgaria will take place next month.
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