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Parliamentary questions
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29 May 2020
Question for written answer
to the Commission
Rule 138
Vlad-Marius Botoş (Renew), Radka Maxová (Renew), Irena Joveva (Renew)
 Subject: European Capitals of Culture

The COVID-19 crisis has affected all aspects of our lives, including culture.

Countries have begun to slowly emerge from the lockdown, but we do not know how long it will take before normal activity can resume. Furthermore, epidemiologists are warning of a possible second wave of COVID-19 in late autumn that might lead to travel restrictions being imposed once again.

These are the conditions this year, and we have to say they are not good at all for European Capitals of Culture. Scheduled cultural events have had to be postponed, and people who had arranged to visit these cities have been obliged to cancel their plans. In the light of current circumstances, it is fair to assume that tourism will resume in July, but we do not know if it will continue in the autumn and winter.

1. What is the Commission’s approach to this situation?

2. Is it considering postponing the European Capitals of Culture programme for a whole year, given the uncertainty about resuming normal life, travel and major cultural events this year?

3. How will this have an impact on future capitals? Could the Commission consider cancelling the European Capitals of Culture Programme this year, and resuming it next year, shifting back the schedule for future capitals by a year?

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