The effects of the coronavirus crisis have led the European Commission to propose that the 2020 and 2021 European Capitals of Culture extend and postpone their activities.
The Commission proposes to give Rijeka (Croatia) and Galway (Ireland) the possibility to have their title extended until 30 April 2021. The Commission also proposes to postpone the year in which Novi Sad (Serbia) will hold the title from 2021 to 2022 and the year in which Timisoara (Romania) and Elefsina (Greece) will hold the title from 2021 to 2023.
The 2022 European Capitals of Culture, Kaunas (Lithuania) and Esch (Luxembourg), and the 2023 European Capital of Culture Veszprém (Hungary) are less affected as they still have enough time to adjust their programmes.
The Commission’s proposal is now with to the European Parliament and the Council for consideration and final adoption.