European Youth Capital

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Netherlands Rotterdam (2009)
Italy Turin (2010)
Belgium Antwerp (2011)
Portugal Braga was the European Youth Capital for 2012.
Slovenia Maribor (2013)
Greece Thessaloniki (2014)
RomaniaCluj-Napoca (2015)

The European Youth Capital (abbreviated EYC) is the title awarded to a European city for the period of one year, during which it is given the chance to showcase, through a multi-faceted programme, its youth-related cultural, social, political and economic life and development.[1] The European Youth Capital is an initiative by the European Youth Forum, and the first capital was chosen in 2009. The current capital (2014) is Thessaloniki, the capital of Central Macedonia, Greece.

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 2009-2016[edit]

Since 2009, there have been six European Youth Capitals, and the selections for 2015 and 2016 have also been announced, while the competition for 2017 is ongoing:[3]

European Youth Capital
Year City Country Notes
2009 Rotterdam Netherlands Netherlands
2010 Turin Italy Italy
2011 Antwerp Belgium Belgium
2012 Braga Portugal Portugal Info
2013 Maribor Slovenia Slovenia Info
2014 Thessaloniki Greece Greece Info
2015 Cluj-Napoca Romania Romania other candidates: Poland Katowice, Spain La Laguna, Spain Badajoz, Russia Ivanovo,Romania Cluj-Napoca, Lithuania Vilnius, Azerbaijan Ganja, Italy Lecce and Russia Perm
2016 Ganja Azerbaijan Azerbaijan other candidates: Bulgaria Varna, Lithuania Vilnius, Azerbaijan Ganja, Spain La Laguna,Spain Badajoz

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "ABOUT THE EYC". www.youthforum.org/CAPITAL. Retrieved 20 May 2010. 
  2. ^ a b "General Information". www.youthforum.org/CAPITAL. Retrieved 20 May 2010. 
  3. ^ "EYCs of the Past, Present and Future". www.youthforum.org/CAPITAL. Retrieved 20 May 2010. 

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