Photo: Andreas Nilsson

Our road to designation

This is how Umeå was selected
At the beginning of 2008 all the cities in Sweden were invited to apply. Some cities, such as Kalmar and Norrköping that had considered applying backed out since there was no political consensus in their city councils.

The application should contain some compulsory information according the EU rules, but it could also contain other forms of information, such as photos, film clips or sound. An important part of the application was the presentation of a cultural programme for the entire 2014 in Swedish and English versions.

Autumn 2007
A long series of open meetings and seminars in Umeå began. Various aspects of the ECoC efforts were discussed.

27 October 2008
The City Council in Umeå dealt with the application.

31 October 2008
The application was submitted to the National Council for Cultural Affairs. Three other cities also submitted their applications: Gävle, Lund and Uppsala.

Selection panel
The applications were considered by an international selection panel of thirteen members, seven of whom were appointed by EU institutions and six by the Swedish Government after consultation with the National Council for Cultural Affairs and the National Heritage Board.

Pre-selection
After the expiration of the deadline the selection panel met and made the pre-selection. The panel also presented a report on its assessment of the shortlisted cities’ applications.

9 December 2008
The section panel informed Umeå and Lund that they would continue to the second selection round.

January–June 2009
Work with a more detailed programme for the application.

30 June 2009
An amended application was submitted.

23–24 August 2009
Members of the selection panel visited Umeå and Lund.

7–8 September 2009
The selection panel met and decided to recommend Umeå. They informed the National Council for Cultural Affairs that in turn informed the Government.

2009/2010
The Government nominated the city.

10–11 May 2010
The EU’s Council of Ministers of Culture made the final decision.