Seven Hungarian cities have submitted applications to bear the European Capital of Culture title in 2023, including Debrecen, Eger, Gödöllő, Győr, Székesfehérvár, Szombathely and Veszprém, the state secretariat for culture said on Thursday.

The application deadline was December 20 and the winners are expected to be announced in late 2018, the statement said.

A twelve-member international jury will assess the applications submitted to the human resources ministry and a shortlist will be announced early next year.

In 2023 the title will go to a city in Hungary and a city in the UK. The southern Hungarian city of Pécs was a European Capital of Culture in 2010.

The European Capitals of Culture initiative was designed to highlight the richness and diversity of cultures in Europe, celebrate the cultural features Europeans share, and foster the contribution of culture to the development of cities.

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Source: MTI

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