A panel of European Commission judges is set to review preparations for next year's Capital of Culture events in Galway.

As part of an ongoing monitoring process, the panel will travel to the city tomorrow to check on plans for the Galway 2020 event.  

Their deliberations will determine whether they recommend that Europe award an additional €1.5 million in funding for the project. 

If the judges feel that preparations are progressing correctly, they can call for the Melina Mercouri prize to be awarded to Galway and to Rijeka in Croatia; the two cities designated as Cultural Capitals in 2020. This is worth €1.5m to each of the cities. 

Announcements in this regard are expected tomorrow. 

This evening, senior figures in the Galway 2020 company have been briefing the City Council on their efforts, at the monthly meeting of the local authority. 

The company's Creative Director, Helen Marriage, said last month's programme launch was a statement about the kind of vision that was in place for the year-long celebration of culture. She said the event in Eyre Square set the tone for the kind of programme that was being planned.

A total of €25m in State funding has been provided to Galway 2020. €15m of this comes from the Department of Culture, with the two local authorities in Galway contributing a combined total of €10m.