Luxembourg officially became the European cultural capital for 2007 following a pompous inauguration ceremony on Sunday evening, attended by His Highness Henri, Grand Duke of Luxembourg, Luxembourg PM Jean-Claude Juncker and Sibiu Mayor Klaus Johannis. Luxembourg shares the status of 2007 European cultural capital with the Transylvanian city of Sibiu.

The Central Romanian city will mark the opening of the European Cultural Capital programme on January 1, 2007, as festivities first scheduled for November 29 were postponed not to interfere with the ceremonies organized to mark the National Day of Romania. On January 1, 2007 Romania will also celebrate its first day as a member of the European Union.

The slogan promoting Sibiu for the programme is “City of Culture, Inter-cultural City”.