Report from the Commission to the European Parliament, the Council, the European Economic and Social Committee and the Committee of the Regions Ex Post evaluation of the 2015 European Capitals of Culture (Mons and Pilsen) ADD 1 Commission staff working document Evaluation Accompanying the document Report from the Commission to the European Parliament, the Council, the European Economic and Social Committee and the Committee of the Regions Ex Post evaluation of the 2015 European Capitals of Culture (Mons and Pilsen) ADD 2 Commission Staff Working Document Executive Summary of the Evaluation Accompanying the document Report from the Commission to the European Parliament, the Council, the European Economic and Social Committee and the Committee of the Regions Ex Post evaluation of the 2015 European Capitals of Culture (Mons and Pilsen

1. In 2015 Mons in Belgium and Pilsen in the Czech Republic were host cities to European Capital of Culture (ECoC). ECoC is an EU initiative which aims to highlight the contribution of long-term development of cities and each year two cities host the title. The report communicates the findings of the external evaluation that was carried out and the actions that the Commission will put forward. It is presented under Article 12 of Decision No 1622/2006/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 24 October 2006 establishing a Community action for the ECoC for the years 2007 to 2019, which requires the Commission to ensure an external and independent evaluation of the results of ECoC and report on the evaluation to other EU institutions.

2. The evaluation explored the two ECoC 2015 cities and considers the impact and assesses relevance, efficiency, effectiveness and sustainability. The report draws conclusions and considers implications for future cities hosting ECoC. Both cities saw ECoC as a cultural event strengthening and internationalising their cultural offering and promoting cultural diversity.

3. The Commission conclude from the report that ECoC remains extremely relevant at EU level and highly valued by the cities who host it. It generates extensive cultural programmes with positive outputs and impacts. The programmes from both cities were innovative and consistent, reflecting the European dimension, engaging with local people and stakeholders, bringing culture to new audiences and have a planned legacy both physical and intangible.

Topic  Culture 
Department  DCMS 
Council Reference  8685/17 
COM Reference  COM (17)193 
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  1. 8685/17 ADD 1 - 798 KB - pdf
  2. 8685/17 ADD 2 - 314 KB - pdf
  3. Doc 8685/17 - 328 KB - pdf
  4. EM 8685/17 - 195 KB - pdf

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