Bulgaria, in partnership with Italy is included in the candidates list from 2007 to 2019. The “European Capital City of Culture” initiative was first announced in 1985 by Melina Mercuri. The idea aims giving assistance in terms of cultural dialogue and joint understanding between the countries, members of EU. The initiative became very popular and in 1999 transmuted into European Union activity, named ““European Cultural Capital City”. The honoured title is also bestowed to countries, which are not members of EU.
In 1999 host of the European month of culture was Plovdiv. Now Varna is certain ho be host for the coming summer season of “Days of Liguria”.Genoa is the capital of Liguria region. Varna will also organize a sea festival, called “Darzalei” in 2007.