The “Melina Mercouri” prize will be awarded by the European Commission to the 2023 Eleusis European Capital of Culture after the positive evaluation of the progress report, as stated in a relevant announcement.

The award, amounting to 1.5 million euros, comes as a culmination of “the enormous progress that has been made in recent months in all areas of administration of the institution, in order to ensure its successful implementation”, the European Commission typically states in its announcement. To add that “the transformation achieved by the 2023 Eleusis team is a true embodiment of the ‘Mysteries of Transition’.”

The evaluation committee closes its report by thanking the 2023 Eleusis European Capital of Culture for the extremely interesting and informative meeting with the implementation team and looks forward to the successful organization of the institution.

It is noted that the prize in question was established in 2010 in honor of the late Melina Merkouri and since then it has been awarded by the European Commission to every Capital of Culture that meets the criteria and successfully passes the control stages. The amount of the award is intended to finance the legacy of the institution.

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