European Youth Capital

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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)

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 2022 calendar year is Tirana, Albania.


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 (2009–2024)[edit]

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

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

finalists: Russia Ivanovo, Greece Heraklion, other candidates: Spain Barcelona, Turkey Konya, Russia Perm, Turkey Trabzon

2015 Cluj-Napoca Romania Romania Info

finalists: Russia Ivanovo, Lithuania Vilnius, Bulgaria Varna other candidates: Poland Katowice, Spain La Laguna, Spain Badajoz, Azerbaijan Ganja, Italy Lecce and Russia Perm

2016 Ganja Azerbaijan Azerbaijan other candidates: Bulgaria Varna, Lithuania Vilnius, Spain La Laguna and Spain Badajoz
2017 Varna Bulgaria Bulgaria other candidates: Portugal Cascais, Republic of Ireland Galway, United Kingdom Newcastle and Italy Perugia[6]
2018 Cascais Portugal Portugal other candidates: Hungary Kecskemét, United Kingdom Manchester, Serbia Novi Sad and Italy Perugia
2019 Novi Sad Serbia Serbia other candidates: France Amiens, United Kingdom Derry/Strabane, Republic of Ireland Galway, United Kingdom Manchester and Italy Perugia
2020 Amiens France France other candidates: Moldova Chișinău, Lithuania Klaipėda, Romania Timișoara and Austria Villach
2021 Klaipėda Lithuania Lithuania other candidates: Moldova Chișinău, Cyprus Greater Nicosia, Croatia Varaždin and Russia Yaroslavl
2022 Tirana Albania Albania other candidates: Romania Baia Mare, Russia Kazan, Poland Poznań and Croatia Varaždin
2023 Lublin Poland Poland other candidates: Romania Baia Mare, Russia Kazan, Turkey İzmir, Ukraine Lviv and Poland Poznań
2024 Ghent Belgium Belgium other candidates: Moldova Chișinău, Ukraine Lviv and Hungary Veszprém

See also[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]

Serbia Novi Sad (2019)
Poland Lublin (2023)