European Capital of Culture

Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport written question – answered on 22nd February 2018.

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Photo of Gavin Robinson Gavin Robinson Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Home Affairs), Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Defence)

To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, if he will make representations to the European Commission to reverse its decision that UK cities cannot bid to be the European Capital of Culture for 2023.

Photo of Michael Ellis Michael Ellis The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

The matter was raised urgently with the European Commission after we were informed of their decision to discontinue UK cities' participation in the European Capital of Culture programme and discussions are ongoing.

We will continue to work with the five cities that submitted bids and will be meeting their representatives again shortly.

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