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Donostia-San Sebastián promotes the values of its candidacy for the 2016 European Capital of Culture in the Belgian capital

2010 September 13

The Mayor of Donostia-San Sebastián, Odón Elorza, has presented the values of the program for the city's candidacy to become the 2016 European Capital of Culture in the Belgian capital. In Brussels, Elorza coincided with the Mayor of Vitoria-Gazteiz, Patxi Lazcoz, "thereby demonstrating", in the words of the former, "that the presence of the mayors of Vitoria and San Sebastian in Brussels is not the result of mere chance. It is the best demonstration of the European vocation of Basque cities, and here I also include the city of Bilbao".

With only a few weeks to go (the candidacy will be defended on the 28th of September) before a decision is reached on whether or not Donostia-San Sebastián will number amongst the finalists for the 2016 European Capital of Culture, the mayor appeared in the II European Conference on Culture and the Policies of Change (Brussels, 6th and 7th of September) celebrated in the headquarters of the European Economic and Social Committee. In this European forum, the Mayor of Donostia-San Sebastián, accompanied by the Councillor for Culture, Denis Itxaso, and the head of culture for the candidacy, Santi Eraso, has promoted "the values and strength" of the city's candidacy and the "enthusiasm of its citizens".

In the European Conference, organised by the Council of Europe with the participation of Community institutions, more than one hundred experts and representatives of public authorities and European cultural networks came together with the aim of analysing cultural policy and current challenges.

Whilst the Basque Delegation in Brussels envisaged a joint press conference involving the two Basque mayors, only Elorza was able to attend, accompanied by members of his staff and the Basque Delegate in Brussels, Marta Marín. The general strike in the French transport sector disrupted European air traffic, which delayed the arrival of the Mayor of Vitoria-Gasteiz, Patxi Lazcoz, in Brussels.

On the 28th of September, Donostia-San Sebastián will defend its candidacy before a panel of experts. On the 30th of September, the Minister for Culture will announce those cities, amongst the 16 Spanish candidates, who have successfully overcome the first selection phase. In 2011, the Spanish city that will serve as the 2016 European Capital of Culture will be chosen.

In 2016, a Spanish city and a Polish city will be assigned as European Capitals of Culture.
For further information on Donostia-San Sebastián's candidacy for the 2016 European Capital of Culture: www.sansebastian2016.eu

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