DOI: 10.5593/sgemsocial2014/B23/S7.005


A. Suhanyiova, L. Suhanyi, J. Horvathova, M. Mokrisova
Saturday 1 November 2014 by Libadmin2014

References: International Multidisciplinary Scientific Conference on Social Sciences and Arts SGEM2014, www.sgemsocial.org , SGEM2014 Conference Proceedings, ISBN 978-619-7105-27-8 / ISSN 2367-5659 , September 1-9, 2014, Book 2, Vol. 3, 41-48 pp

The “European Capital of Culture” project was elaborated by the European Union for the purpose of convergence of individual citizens of the European Union countries and to present the culture of selected cities, states on a European scale. Its aim is to highlight the richness and diversity of European cultures and the features they share, to contribute to better mutual knowledge of European citizens and to support a sense of belonging to the same European Community. The first locality became to be Athens in 1985. Since then, more than forty cities have been selected on annual basis. Since 2009, two cities have been selected each year as a European Capital of Culture, one of the original EU-15 countries and one of the new Member States. The factors affecting the success of the project include quality, cost, relevance of programs, experience in creating projects and programs, long-term impact or sustainable development. The EU Council nominates the European Capital of Culture four years ahead. In September 2008, the city of Košice has been nominated as a “European Capital of Culture 2013”. Košice is the second largest city in Slovakia with more than 240,000 inhabitants and it is the county seat. Together with the city of Košice became to be a European cultural capital in 2013 also a meridional port city of Marseille.
The paper analyzes the impact of the “European Capital of Culture” (ECOC) project on the financial situation of the city of Košice, analyzes the method of financing the project, as well as the costs associated with it. A comparative analysis will be made to investigate the allocated and drawn funds for the project ECOC Košice with comparison to other selected cities of ECOC, but the selected parameters of ECOC cities in the years 2009-2013 will be also compared.

Keywords: European Capital of Culture, comparative analysis, Košice 2013, funding