The title of “European Capital of Culture” has been awarded each year since 1985 for a period of 12 months. The European Capital of Culture 2025 will be selected by the Council of the European Union in 2020 following a multistage bidding procedure – two cities in Europe carry this title each year. Germany and Slovenia will put forward the European Capitals of Culture in 2025. In Germany, West-Berlin (1988), Weimar (1999) and Essen/Ruhr (2010) were the “European Capitals of Culture”.