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Parliamentary questions
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29 November 2017
Question for written answer P-007329-17
to the Commission
Rule 130
Ian Hudghton (Verts/ALE)

 Subject:  Judgment on UK city bids for European Capital of Culture 2023
 Answer in writing 

With reference to European City of Culture 2023, which includes the UK as one of the participants, will the Commission please explain, following the release of a letter from the Director-General for Education, Youth, Sport and Culture, Martine Reicherts, to the UK Government’s Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport on the Commission’s decision that ‘following its withdrawal from the European Union, the participation of the United Kingdom in the European Capital of Culture Union action will not be possible’, citing Decision No 445/2014/EU;

What was the process and timescale involved in this decision and which ‘relevant services of the Commission’ were consulted, as stated by the Director-General in her letter?

When was this conclusion reached, and was the UK Government consulted at any stage of the process?

Noting that the UK bidding process was launched on 16 December 2016, did the UK Government seek, or receive, advice from the Commission at any stage prior to, or since, that date? If so, when, and what advice was given?

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