The short-list of candidate cities to hold the title of the European Capital of Culture 2022 announced


2016 06 21


On 20–21 June, the pre-selection procedure of candidate cities for the title of the European Capital of Culture 2022 was conducted in the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Lithuania. The bids submitted by six Lithuanian municipalities – Anykščiai, Jonava, Kaunas, Klaipėda, Plungė and Rokiškis – were assessed. The pre-selection resulted in the shortlisting of two candidate cities: Kaunas and Klaipėda.

"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. In my opinion, the process towards the title of the European Capital of Culture is no less important than the title itself”, said vice-minister of culture Arnas Neverauskas.

The bids of all six candidate cities were assessed by the Expert Panel of 10 members, appointed by the European institutions and bodies – the European Parliament, the Council, the European Commission and the Committee of the Regions: Sylvia Amann (Austria), Cristina Farinha (Portugal), Agnieszka Wlazel (Poland), Pauli Sivonen (Finland), Ulrich Fuchs (France), Aiva Rozenberga (Latvia), Steve Green (United Kingdom), Jordi Pardo (Spain), Suzana Žilič Fišer (Slovenia), and Alain Hutchinson (Belgium).

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 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.

The short-listed candidate cities will complete and revise their applications with a view to complying with the award criteria as well as taking into account the recommendations contained in the pre-selection report.

After the final selection that is scheduled for the spring of 2017, the panel should agree on the recommendation of a maximum of one city for the title of the European Capital of Culture 2022.