According to the European Commission's first monitoring report, Košice has met its commitments under the 'European Capital of Culture 2013' project, the TASR newswire was told by Zora Jaurová, the project’s art director on Sunday, January 16.
In late 2010, representatives of the non-profit organisation Košice 2013 met with newly-elected Košice mayor Richard Raši to carry out their own first formal monitoring on the project.
"What's important is that the Monitoring Committee and the European Commission both consider the status of our preparation to be satisfactory – even better yet, above expectations. That's a great satisfaction for all those who have done an enormous amount of work for Kosice. Now, we need to maintain our pace and try to increase it," said Jaurová.
The European Union designates a city as a European Capital of Culture for a period of one calendar year during which the city organises a series of cultural events with a strong European dimension. Preparing a city to be a European Capital of Culture can be an opportunity to generate considerable cultural, social and economic benefits and it can help foster urban renewal, change the city's image, and raise its visibility and profile on an international scale, TASR wrote.
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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17. Jan 2011 at 14:00