Selection process

The Selection Panel is responsible for assessing the applications received, that will feed the pool of experts set up to serve the ECoC teams. Candidates are assessed by a selection panel of five members, approved by the EC, with knowledge and experience in the fields identified: Mercedes Giovinazzo from Interarts, Jordi Pascual from UCLG, Giannalia Cogliandro Beyens from ENCATC, Becky Riches, Cultural Project Manager with experience on the Matera 2019 ECOC team, and Caroline Kadziola, part of the Mons 2015 team.

The pool of experts will be made available to the ECoCs through a dedicated database. The aim is to provide the ECoCs with experts that can respond to the areas in which major skills gaps have been identified by way of interviews and analysis of existing material.

The Selection Panel will review the applications received, following a first preselection conducted by the Capacity Building for European Capitals of Culture project team.

Following this preselection, the profiles of the applicant experts will be evaluated by the Expert Panel: an initial individual assessment by each member of the Expert Panel will be done against the selection criteria, and attributed a mark on a ten-point scale. Applications that received less than 50% will be automatically discarded, those above 70% will be automatically accepted, and those above 50% and below 70% will open a discussion in the panel. If necessary, there will be a meeting to conclude the selection process.

This step is deemed crucial in case of difference of opinions among the members of the Expert Panel for a given application. Once consensus has been reached, the selected experts will be informed by email and their profiles and CVs will be included in the database of experts.

All decisions made by the panel team are final and details of the evaluation cannot be disclosed. Candidates will, however, be notified if they are included or not in the database at the end of the process. 

The frequency of the evaluation of applications will depend on the volume of applications received; initially it is foreseen to be carried out every six months, with a set calendar, but the Expert Panel might have to work on a more serrated calendar, if deemed necessary.