Lithuanian EU Council Presidency will enter negotiations with co-legislators regarding European Capitals of Culture proposal for the years 2020 to 2033

06 September 2013, Last updated at, 12:24 EEST
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The Committee of Permanent Representatives (COREPER I) authorized the Lithuanian Presidency to start discussions with the European Parliament and the Commission with a view to reaching an agreement in first reading regarding the Proposal for a Decision of the European Parliament and of the Council establishing a Union action for the European Capitals of Culture for the years 2020 to 2033. COREPER I confirmed the negotiating mandate for the position to be taken by the Presidency at the forthcoming informal trilogue scheduled to take place on September 17. 

The purpose of this proposal of the Decision is to establish a Union action for the European Capitals of Culture for the years 2020 to 2033 and to  ensure the continuity of the most prestigious and most successfull  cultural initiatives of the EU after the year of  2019, contributing a lot to economic, social and cultural life of Europe. Decision N° 1622/2006/EC, defining the designation procedures of the European capitals for Culture will end in 2019.

Lithuania, according to the new proposal, together with Luxembourg, will be able to nominate the city as the European capital of culture in 2022.

The Decision Proposal was presented by the Commission in July 2012. In May 2013 the Council reached unanimously a general approach. The CULT committee of the European Parliament voted in May 2013.  

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