Following a challenging debate and tense voting, Sofia won the hosting of an external seminar of the Commission for Social Policy, Education, Employment, Research and Culture (SEDEC) at the Committee of the Regions.Sofia proposed a topic of present interest and an attractive programme, which won the support of about two-thirds of committee members.
In May 2017, Sofia will bring together representatives of European cities and regions to work on the main theme of the seminar - “The Role of Culture for Social Inclusion, Social Innovation and Intercultural Dialogue”. They will get familiar with and learn from Sofia’s experience in the field of management of cultural processes, innovative public-private partnerships for funding culture, and transformation of the urban environment through art installations and initiatives.
Sofia won for a second time the privilege to host such an event. In 2011, Sofia hosted a conference on the topic of “The Contribution of Culture to the Development of European Cities and Regions”: http://www.sofia-da.eu/en/conferences/the-importance-of-culture-for-the-development-of-europe%E2%80%99s-regions-and-cities.html.
The applications for both events were submitted to the Commission and successfully defended by Mrs. Malina Edreva, Permanent Representative to the Committee of the Regions and Chairperson of the Commission for Education, Culture, Science and Cultural Diversity, Sofia Municipal Council.