Valletta, along with all the localities of Malta and Gozo, was awarded the prestigious title of European Capital of Culture 2018 on 13th October 2012. The nomination presented by the Valletta Local Council, on behalf of all the localities of Malta and Gozo, was confirmed by an evaluation panel today, during a meeting in Valletta, where our country was awarded the title of European Capital of Culture 2018. This announcement was made during a press conference by Manfred Gaulhofer, Chairperson of the Evaluation Board. Mr. Gaulhofer said the board was convinced there was the necessary will, motivation and ambition in order to award the title to Valletta.
The Minister for Tourism, Environment and Culture, Mario de Marco, said this was very positive news for our cultural and creative sector as well as for our country. He said this confirmed that the Government was adopting the right policy for our cultural and creative sector, which would in turn lead not only to a cultural regeneration and a strengthened sector, but was also being recognised on a European level as the policy needed to dignify our historical heritage and our identity, whilst paving the way for the future of our country’s culture.
Minister de Marco said that in recent years the Government was and still is implementing policy based on the investment in cultural heritage and capital and infrastructural projects, on Maltese and Gozitan talent, as well as on strengthening our creative enconomy, which generates 4% of the GDP and employs around 8000 persons in around 3600 businesses. Minister de Marco explained that in recent years the Government, along with stakeholders, implemented three complementary and important processes, thanks to which the National Cultural Policy and the Draft Strategy for Creative and Cultural Industries were drafted, along with the drafting of the application for European Capital entitled Imagine 18. This has led our country to be awarded the title of European Capital of Culture 2018 . Mario de Marco thanked all entities and persons involved in the drafting of the application of Valletta, such as Foundation V.18, which includes the Valletta Local Council along with all the local councils of Malta and Gozo.
European Commission representative, Ann Branch, said that the title of European Capital of Culture is a prestigious one, which was awarded to a city rich in history and with the potential to further stregthen its cultural and socio-economical sectors. She congratulated Malta for the work done and emphasised that our cultural and creative sector has a bright future ahead and thus encouraged Malta to keep on implementing its long-term plans for this sector.
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