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Leeuwarden to be the European Capital of Culture in the Netherlands in 2018

Leeuwarden to be the European Capital of Culture in the Netherlands in 2018.

The independent selection panel responsible for assessing the Dutch cities competing for the title of the European Capital of Culture in 2018 met in Amsterdam today. The panel recommended that Leeuwarden should be selected. The other two cities in contention were Eindhoven and Maastricht. The formal nomination of Leeuwarden by the EU's Council of Ministers will take place in May 2014. Valletta in Malta has already been selected as the other European Capital of Culture in 2018.

Androulla Vassiliou, the European Commissioner responsible for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth, stated: "I congratulate Leeuwarden on its successful bid. It was not an easy decision for the panel because the applications presented by all three cities were of very high quality. I am confident that Leeuwarden will develop an exciting programme of events with a strong European dimension, which will attract visitors from all over the world. I am also convinced that the title will bring Leeuwarden and its surrounding area significant long-term cultural, economic and social benefits, as we have seen with previous European Capitals of Culture."

Datum: 28 April 2015
Bron: Persbericht European Commission

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