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European Capital of Culture 2017

Denmark is to host the European Capital of Culture event in 2017.

Logo - European Capital of Culture 2012

The Ministry of Culture is the Managing Authority in the competition to become the European Capital of Culture 2017 in Denmark. This means that the Ministry of Culture is responsible for a number of the practical tasks involved in the competition to become the Danish host city for the European Capital of Culture event 2017. 

For example, the Ministry of Culture is to

  • define the rules for the Danish competition,
  • invite applications from interested cities,
  • appoint the Danish members of the appointments panel,
  • act as the administrative and technical secretariat for the competition,
  • arrange meetings of the panel of experts,
  • arrange visits to the applicant cities.

Denmark has hosted the event once before (then called European City of Culture). That was in 1996, when Copenhagen held the title.

Read more about the European Capital of Culture (danish website)

Report recommends the city of Aarhus

The independent jury delivers a report to the Ministry of Culture with the reasons for its recommendation of the city of Aarhus as the European Capital of Culture in 2017. On the basis of the report the Ministry of Culture will recommend a city as European Capital of Culture to the European institutions by the end of 2012. The Council officially designates the Danish Capital of Culture in spring 2013. The report is published on the website of both the European Commission and the Ministry of Culture. 

Major legislation

The Danish competition to become the European Capital of Culture 2017 follows the set of rules in the following documents:

DECISION No 1622/2006/EC OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND OF THE COUNCIL of 24 October 2006 establishing a Community action for the European Capital of Culture event for the years 2007 to 2019

Rules of procedure – Competition for the 2017 European Capital of Culture title in Denmark

    The independent jurys recommendation of the city of Aarhus as European Capital of Culture 2017

    Download report (pdf)The selection panels final selection report

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