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Lublin 2016

How often hopeful cities wish for the best when they make the second round. As the Fourth Report by Bob Palmer, Greg Richards and Diane Dodd point out, the selection process has become tougher. The first round can have as many as 11 cities in the case of Poland for 2016. They all compete with one another to get into the second round. An estimate of 2 Mill. Euros are spend to prepare the folder. Once on the short list, then not even one year is left to complete what were gaps in the first bid.
So naturally the joy of Lublin to have made it into the final round in Poland is understandable. On their website can still be read the announcement:
"We’re in the finals!!
11 October 2010
Lublin is on the shortlist for the European Capital of Culture 2016 competition. We have 9 months to complete and elaborate on our application.
“It is a great distinction and confirmation that the changes we have introduced to the city are needed,” said Włodzimierz Wysocki, the Deputy Mayor of Lublin City shortly after the shortlist was announced. “We have hoped to achieve this success since the very beginning as we believe that our city deserves this title” he added.
The presentations of the candidate cities took place on October 12 and 13 at the Grand Theater in Warsaw. The cities presented their ideas concerning ECC to the selection panel consisting of 11 members. The presentations lasted 30 minutes and were followed by questions asked by the experts.
Lublin’s presentation took place on October 12 at 3.45pm. Today, on October 13, at 5.00pm the Minister of Culture and National Heritage, Bogdan Zdrojewski, announced the shortlist. Lublin will compete with Gdańsk, Katowice Wrocław, and Warsaw. The cities have 9 months to prepare a more detailed application. The winner will be designated next autumn. What will happen now? We will have to work even harder and introduce further changes to the city; changes that are already unstoppable.
We would like to express our gratitude to all citizens of Lublin and the region, to those who have supported our candidacy for the ECC in the last years, those who have actively participated in the city’s activities, and those who have become fans of our work and Lublin’s ambassadors. You have made this enormous success possible!"

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