European Youth Capital

The European Youth Capital (abbreviated EYC) is the title awarded by the European Youth Forum to a European city, designed to empower young people, boost youth participation and strengthen European identity through projects focused on youth-related cultural, social, political and economic life and development.[1] The European Youth Capital is an initiative by the European Youth Forum and is awarded for a period of one year. The first capital was chosen in 2009. Since 2014, the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe is an official endorsing partner the European Youth Capital title. The current, capital for the 2023 calendar year is Lublin, Poland.

European Youth Capital
Current: [2021 European Youth Capital]
European Youth Capital Logo
Logo of the European Youth Capital
Awarded forAwarded to a city with innovative ideas, projects and activities that aim to raise up young voices and bring a new youth perspective to all aspects of city life.
Presented byEuropean Youth Forum
First awarded2009
WebsiteOfficial website Edit this at Wikidata
Italy Turin (2010)
Belgium Antwerp (2011)
Portugal Braga (2012)
Slovenia Maribor (2013)
Greece Thessaloniki (2014)
Romania Cluj-Napoca (2015)
Azerbaijan Ganja (2016)

Goals edit

The European Youth Capital aims in promoting intra-European co-operation between young people. Among the most important aspects of the institution is the betterment of everyday life of the youth in the city selected as youth capital, not just for the duration of the festivities, but in the long term.[2] Additionally, participation of the youth in the design and implementation of the plans for each capital of youth is encouraged by the EYC.[2] Ensuring that the youth are informed and actively involved in society and given opportunities for a better future is also a priority for the EYC initiative.[1] Tourism and increased international prestige are some of the additional benefits of being named European Youth Capital.[1]

Capitals (2009–2025) edit

Since 2009, there have been the following European Youth Capitals:[3][4][5]

European Youth Capital
Year City Country Notes
2009 Rotterdam   Netherlands
2010 Turin   Italy
2011 Antwerp   Belgium
2012 Braga   Portugal Info
2013 Maribor   Slovenia Info
2014 Thessaloniki   Greece Info

finalists:   Ivanovo,   Heraklion, other candidates:   Barcelona,   Konya,   Perm,   Trabzon

2015 Cluj-Napoca   Romania Info

finalists:   Ivanovo,   Vilnius,   Varna other candidates:   Katowice,   La Laguna,   Badajoz,   Ganja,   Lecce and   Perm

2016 Ganja   Azerbaijan other candidates:   Varna,   Vilnius,   La Laguna and   Badajoz
2017 Varna   Bulgaria other candidates:   Cascais,   Galway,   Newcastle and   Perugia[6]
2018 Cascais   Portugal other candidates:   Kecskemét,   Manchester,   Novi Sad and   Perugia
2019 Novi Sad   Serbia other candidates:   Amiens,   Derry/Strabane,   Galway,   Manchester and   Perugia
2020 Amiens   France other candidates:   Chișinău,   Klaipėda,   Timișoara and   Villach
2021 Klaipėda   Lithuania other candidates:   Chișinău,   Greater Nicosia,   Varaždin and   Yaroslavl
2022 Tirana   Albania other candidates:   Baia Mare,   Kazan,   Poznań and   Varaždin
2023 Lublin   Poland other candidates:   Baia Mare,   Kazan,   İzmir,   Lviv and   Poznań
2024 Ghent   Belgium other candidates:   Chișinău,   Lviv and   Veszprém
2025 Lviv   Ukraine other candidates:   Fuenlabrada,   Izmir and   Tromsø

See also edit

References edit

  1. ^ a b c "The European Youth Capital". Retrieved 15 September 2020.
  2. ^ a b "General Information". Archived from the original on 21 July 2011. Retrieved 20 May 2010.
  3. ^ "EYCs of the Past, Present and Future". Archived from the original on 4 October 2010. Retrieved 20 May 2010.
  4. ^ Archived 2017-09-01 at the Wayback Machine Varna (Bulgaria) awarded European Youth Capital 2017, 20 November 2014
  5. ^ "And the winner is: Cascais, EYC 2018!". 3 December 2015. Archived from the original on 26 September 2017. Retrieved 16 December 2015.
  6. ^ "Five cities short-listed to become the European Youth Capital 2017". Archived from the original on 25 October 2014. Retrieved 17 October 2014.

External links edit

  Novi Sad (2019)
  Lublin (2023)