Candidates present and promote their projects
At the end of the six-month period followign the submission of the first application, call candidates present a full bid dossier based on defined specifications. These bid dossiers will be used as the basis for the work of BIE Enquiry Missions that will be carried out in candidate countries.
Enquiry Mission – project assessment
Enquiry missions are carried out by the BIE in each candidate country. They assess the feasibility and viability of the Expo project, the political and social climate of the candidate country and city and the support of the government for the project.
The following elements are evaluated:
- The proposed theme (its definition and its content)
- Date and duration
- Area of the Expo site
- Number of expected visitors
- Proposed measures to ensure financial feasibility and financial guarantees
- Indicators that will allow the evaluation of the participation costs for countries and the proposed financial and material provisions to minimize this cost.
- Attitude of relevant authorities and interested parties
- Citizens' support
- Environmental impact of the project
- Plans for the communication and promotion of the project
The results of these missions are compiled in a report, reviewed by the Executive Committee of the BIE and forwarded with advice to the General Assembly. The General Assembly then decides which proposals the BIE will further investigate. Once approved, the report forms the basis of evaluation by the BIE Member States during the vote.
International campaign - project development
As soon as they submit the initial application, candidate countries carry out international campaigns to garner support for their project. They organise international symposiums, forums and other activities and travel the world to meet with representatives of BIE Member States.
During each General Assembly of the BIE held between the submission of the bid and the final vote, candidate countries have the opportunity to present their Expo project to delegates.