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This is the report of the second monitoring and advisory meeting of the European Capital of Culture Panel. The meeting concerned the 2011 European Capitals of Culture, namely Tallinn (Estonia), and Turku (Finland); it took place on 28 April 2010.
This is the report of the first monitoring and advisory meeting of the European Capital of Culture Panel. The meeting concerned the 2013 European Capitals of Culture, namely Marseilles (France) and Košice (Slovakia). It took place on 14 and 15 December 2010.
The project presented by Mons was judged to correspond well to the objectives of the event based on the criteria set out in the European decision and the panel’s own recommendations. The panel noted that answers to the questionnaire had been better developed in comparison with the pre-selection stage, with - among other things - a special emphasis on the multicultural dimension, the participation of socially disadvantaged groups, and the environmental impact. For this reason, it is the panel’s unanimous recommendation that Mons be designated as European Capital of Culture 2015.
After the general final discussion of the panel, it was recommended that there were 6 cities which best met the objectives of the process and the criteria stipulated by the Decision and which had a real chance of success at the final selection stage. This conclusion was based on a combination of the written bidding document, the oral presentation, and the question and answer session between the city and the panel. It was agreed unanimously that Burgos, Donostia – San Sebastián, Córdoba, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Segovia and Zaragoza should be short-listed.
The project of Plzeň was judged to respond best to the objectives and criteria of the event (the "European dimension" and "city and citizens"). The Panel appreciated the relevance and creativity of the presentation, the capacity of the delegation to provide the panel with clear and focused responses to the questions, as well as its vision for its cultural strategy and its understanding of the European dimension inherent to the project.