Due to the effects of the coronavirus crisis, the Commission has decided to give Rijeka (Croatia) and Galway (Ireland) the opportunity to extend their mandates as European Capitals of Culture 2020 until 30 April 2021. The Commission is also proposing to change the year in which Novi Sad (Serbia) will be the European Capital of Culture from 2021 to 2022 and Timisoara (Romania) and Elefsina (Greece) from 2022 to 2023. Margaritis Schinas, Vice-President for Promoting the European Way of Life, said: Rijeka and Galway deserve a fair opportunity to recover and show their resilience and creativity, unite hearts and minds, welcome audiences and artists which has always been the essence of European Capitals of Culture. And it will stay that way. I am convinced that Novi Sad, Timisoara and Elefsin will have additional time to recover from the difficulties in the cultural and tourism sector and to mobilize relevant investments, including through solidarity at the European level. Mariya Gabriel, Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth, said: Culture has been hit hard by the pandemic, and European Capitals of Culture are no exception. Despite the energy, enthusiasm and professionalism of their teams and partners, Rijeka and Galway were unable to implement the planned European Capital of Culture programs for 2020. I hope both cities will make the most of the opportunity offered to them to extend their special year. I am sure that Timisoara, Elefsina and Novi Sad, the next European Capitals of Culture, will benefit from the extra time to prepare ambitious programs. The Commission proposal is now forwarded to the European Parliament and the Council for consideration and final adoption.
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