Latest study: European Capitals Of Culture Success Strategies And Long-Term Effects
The European City/Capital of Culture Programme was launched in 1985 and the ECoC title has been awarded to nearly 60 cities in 30 countries. The Programme has become a key platform for city positioning and a catalyst for economic and cultural regeneration. Immediate cultural, social and economic impacts are common and the capacity to secure long-term effects, though harder to evidence, has grown in key areas such as urban image change and tourism development. The latter is evidence of the stronger commitment towards sustainable legacy planning and ever more defined and locally sensitive vision statements. This report documents common approaches and success strategies, highlights the strongest claims of long-term effect and analyses recurrent challenges that limit the Programme's ability to reach its full potential. Key recommendations are the establishment of a standardised evaluation framework, greater emphasis on comparative research and the creation of a formal knowledge transfer programme so that future hosts can better benefit from the wealth of experience developed in the last three decades.
Welcome to the website of the Committee on Culture and Education. Here you will find information about the work we do - for example, agendas of our forthcoming meetings, or draft reports and amendments to these - and information about the Members of the Committee, so that you can contact any of them directly. You can also follow Committee meetings as they happen, via live webstreaming.
Within the Parliament, the Committee is responsible for education, culture, youth, sport and the cultural and educational aspects of the EU's media policy. It plays an equal role with the governments of the Member States in adopting new laws and supervising the EU's programmes in these areas. These include the Lifelong Learning programme, which pays for the Erasmus student exchange programme; the Culture 2007 programme, which supports the European Capitals of Culture; and the Media 2007 programme, which has helped finance production of a number of successful European films, such as Slumdog Millionaire. The Committee also regularly holds public hearings to gather evidence from experts about aspects of its work.
I am proud to be Chair of this Committee and hope that this website will help you to follow its work more easily.