One of the most beautiful cities in Poland, Wroclaw, will be the European Cultural Capital in 2016. This decision was taken on June 21, 2011 by an international commission composed of experts from the EU countries.
For the honorary title of the European Cultural Capital along with the Wroclaw fought such great European cities with ancient history and culture as Warsaw, Gdansk, Lublin and Katowice. One of the early contenders for the title of the City of the European Culture was also Ukrainian city of Lviv.
According to the decision of the committee, which included 7 delegates from EU and 6 experts from Poland, Wroclaw will be the European Capital of Culture in 2016 along with one of the Spanish cities.
The cities, which won the contest, will receive a grant for 1.5 million euros, which will be spent on the organization of cultural events, supporting and developing of cultural facilities and increase of inbound tourist flow into the country.
The final approval of Wroclaw as the European City of Culture 2016 will be held in the second quarter of 2012, after consultations with the European Parliament and the European Commission.