ISTANBUL - Anatolia News Agency
The European Commission will grant a donation to Istanbul under a program titled the Civil Society Dialogue: Istanbul 2010 European Capital of Culture.
The commission will grant 1.5 million euros to nongovernmental culture and arts organizations that aim to demonstrate the capacity and cultural heritage of Istanbul.
The title of European Capital of Culture was extended between 2005 and 2019 to include cities in countries that are not members of the European Union. Istanbul’s bid document, “Istanbul: City of the Four Elements,” was presented to the European Commission in 2005. On Nov. 13, 2006, the city was declared one of the three European Capitals of Culture for 2010, along with Germany’s Essen and Hungary’s Pécs.
The European Commission supports this initiative through the Civil Society Dialogue grant program in the context of the Instrument for Pre-Accession, or IPA.
The program will not only strengthen the role of civil-society initiatives in Turkey but will also contribute to the establishment of multilateral partnerships in the areas of culture and arts, thus contributing to the civil-society dialogue between Turkey and the EU.