The Municipality of Tirana has cast its candidacy for being the center of culture in Europe.

After attending the First Capital Conference in Florence, Mayor Erion Veliaj said that this was the best time for the capital of Albania to be involved in the competition.

“Albania has applied to be a candidate in 2024, so we have used this excellent opportunity for all European capitals of culture in the past to lobby for our candidacy.

“Thanks to the contribution of our friend, Dario Nardella, Mayor of Florence, our sister city, I believe that Albania has a very good chance, as there will be the support from this city in the preparation of candidacy in 2024,” expressed Erion Veliaj.

Veliaj underlined his belief that, thanks to the preparations that have already begun, we will have another success story.

“Like all the cities that are running for hosting the Olympic Games, the World Football Championship or various activities, preparations start years ahead.

“So, we are starting the preparations 4-5 years ahead, since we have the infrastructure and the necessary budget, plus the help from the European Commission. I believe we will produce another success story for our Tirana,” expressed Veliaj.

As for next year, Mayor Veliaj stressed that a special importance to culture has been given in the Municipal budget.