Bearing the title European Capital of Culture in 2023 is “an opportunity for Europe and for Hungary, and for Veszprém to further develop its cultural life and present it to domestic and foreign audiences”, György Hölvényi, MEP of Hungary’s allied ruling Christian Democrats, told an event at which the Veszprém-Balaton region’s programme was presented in Brussels late on Wednesday.
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Andrea Bocskor, an MEP of ruling Fidesz, said it was important “to treasure and preserve Europe’s cultural heritage and diversity, and support the arts and creative industries all across Europe”.
Veszprem Mayor Gyula Porga told Hungarian reporters that the programme was designed not only to present the special culture of his city and its region but to take Hungarian culture to other countries while “bringing to the region Europe’s diversity”. He said the European programme was instrumental in developing the city and a community, while it created “good financial and intellectual opportunities for Veszprem to belong among Europe’s most liveable cities by 2030”.
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