Support for Sofia and the Region as European Capital of Culture Grows

With unanimously adopted declaration, the Regional Council for Development of the South-West Region expressed support for the candidacy of Sofia and the South-West Region for European Capital of Culture 2019 and committed itself to assisting in the contest for the prestigious title. After a heated debate on other agenda items related to the financial programs and mechanisms for cross-border cooperation by the year 2020, the members of the Council achieved remarkable consensus on the candidacy of Sofia and the South-West Region for the prestigious title.The guests from our neighbouring countries - Greece, Macedonia and Serbia, who participated in the meeting held on 18 and 19 June in Sandanski, also expressed their support.

"Once again culture showed and proved that it could bring together people with different views and interests, to unite cities, districts, and in this case - regions of different countries", said Svetlana Lomeva, Executive Director of Sofia Development Association, which organizes and coordinates the program of Sofia and the Region.

The Council undertook to disseminate information on the candidature and the creative program "Sharing Sofia" among local authorities in the region, to organize thematic meetings, discussions and workshops to involve the people of the South-West Region in the initiative, to promote the strengthening of regional cooperation. "We will help the successful implementation of the creative concept of Sofia and the South-West Region with all the rights and resources given to us by law," vowed the regional council participants in the declaration.

It consists of the mayors of all the municipalities of the South-West Region who are already working in support of Sofia’s bid for European Capital of Culture as well as representatives of the state and municipal authorities, employer organizations and trade unions. Nongovernmental organizations and the rectors of 5 universities have the right to advisory voting.

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