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1. The Melina Mercouri Prize
If you win the selection/are chosen as European Capital of Culture in 2030, the European Commission will award the Melina Mercouri Prize if you meet all the conditions.
This prize amounts to 1.5 million euros.
The European Commission provides preparatory literature, such as:  

2. Flemish and French Communites
The French, Flemish or German-speaking community will provide funding in 2030 for the title year, depending on the authority under which the winning city is situated.

Browse previous selections

Want to get an idea of amounts and investments of previous ECOCs? In that case, it might be interesting to go through the selection reports (with estimates of amounts) or the final evaluation reports of cities through 2018.


The competition will be conducted in English

If required, interpreters can be provided during the preselection meeting and the final selection meeting.

Applications must be submitted in English, supplemented if necessary with bidbooks in the national language.

General questions are answered in English through the website. Specific questions are answered by email in the national language.

Annex 1 of the call specifies „Candidate cities must clearly answer all the questions below. For each section (1 to 6) questions can be answered separately or jointly.”  

Candidates can number questions or keep them in the bullet point format as long as they clearly answer all the questions. 

There is no specific format (letter or email) for communicating the intention to apply, but it should come from someone representing the candidate city. 

The aim of this obligation is just to know in advance the number of candidates so that the Ministry can arrange the agenda of the preselection meeting well in advance and inform panel Members. 

The inner front cover and inner back cover will not be included in the 60-page limit providing that they are not used to answer questions included in the questionnaire.

An oral presentation by each candidate city, giving an outline of its candidature, has a time limit of 30 minutes. A question/answer session between the Panel and each candidate city has a time limit of 60 minutes.

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