According to the president for the Commission for Coordination and Regional Development (CCDR), Roberto Grilo: “This candidacy is a process that places culture as a decisive factor in the development of cities and their surroundings and that brings European citizens closer to their common legacy and above all else, this is an opportunity for the city and the region.”

Grilo continued: “The candidacy of Évora should only surprise those who have been less attentive to the history, events and recognition associated with the city that has long place it in a strategic position in the projection of heritage values, whether they be cultural, natural or in relation to the entire region of the Alentejo.”

The “privileged geographic position” of the city within the Iberian Peninsula and the “prominent status” of Évora dating back to Roman occupation also make the city a prime candidate in his opinion, while its rural location is also seen as a benefit.