Banja Luka, Mostar and Norwegian Bodo went to the second round of the European Capital of Culture Competition in 2024, EFTA reports.
The applications were evaluated by independent experts from five competing cities that made recommendations after a two-day meeting in Brussels.
Cities have a deadline until summer 2019 to complete their applications. A team of independent experts will meet again in the second half of 2019 to give their final assessment of the European Capital of Culture in 2024.
In 2024, the three cities will be the capital of European culture, one from Estonia and one from Austria.
The pre-election round in Estonia was held from October 22 to 23, 2018, and Narva and Tartu are the cities that are fighting for the candidacy, while the race for the city of Austria will be held at the end of January 2019.
The city of Banja Luka sent a candidacy application to the European Commission in early October for the European Capital of Culture in 2024.