Six Lithuanian municipalities bid for the title of the European Capital of Culture 2022


2016 06 01

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The Ministry of Culture accepted six bids from the municipalities, competing for the title of the European Capital of Culture 2022. Applications for pre-selection were submitted by Anykščiai, Jonava, Kaunas, Klaipėda, Plungė and Rokiškis.

“We received applications from various regions of Lithuania, and I think we have a very good result,” said the Minister of Culture Šarūnas Birutis. “The process of drafting applications, which lasted for nearly a year, provided an opportunity for the municipalities and regions to rethink the role of culture in their development strategies, bring together communities, identify problems and develop scenarios for the future. I welcome all the six municipalities and regions that went along this path and hope that this process was beneficial to all – creators, cultural organizations, communities, municipal administrators and politicians – no matter how the selection ends. In my opinion, the process towards the title of the European Capital of Culture is no less important than the title itself”.

The bids of all six candidate cities will be assessed by the Expert Panel of 10 members, appointed by the European institutions and bodies – the European Parliament (3), the Council (3), the European Commission (3) and the Committee of the Regions (1). The experts have substantial experience and expertise in the cultural sector, in the cultural development of cities or in the organization of European Capital of Culture event or an international cultural event of similar scope and scale.

The pre-selection procedure is scheduled for June 20-21, 2016, and will be conducted in accordance with the Order No. ĮV-469 of the Minister of Culture of the Republic of Lithuania of 30 June, 2015‘On the adoption of the rules of the competition for the 2022 European Capital of Culture title in the Republic of Lithuania’.

The Panel will assess the candidate cities on the basis of their applications and hearings against the objectives and criteria laid down in the Decision No 445/2014/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council, establishing a Union action for the European Capital of Culture for the years 2020 to 2033, and will agree on the short-list of candidate cities which will be invited to revise and complete their application during the selection phase.

The Panel will produce a report containing a general assessment of all the applications, the short-list of candidate cities which are to be considered further as well as recommendations to these cities. The report will be published by the end of July – beginning of August on the websites of the Ministry of Culture and the European Commission.