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European Youth Capital 2021: Applications are open!

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03 July 2019
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The ‘European Youth Capital’ (EYC) is a 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. The EYC title will be awarded for the thirteenth time in 2021, having first been awarded to Rotterdam in 2009.

The EYC initiative aims at strengthening the relationship between the European and local levels, fostering youth participation at the local level by applying common European objectives regarding youth policy. The title aims to demonstrate the complementary nature of European, national and local citizenship, especially regarding youth. Since 2014, the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe is an official endorsing partner the European Youth Capital title.

To secure the EYC title, applicant cities are asked to submit an application outlining their past performance in the youth field, their motivation, the key challenges facing young people, and a multi-faceted programme of activities designed to meet them. They must detail clear plans to empower and involve young people, continue and expand youth-related projects, and the longer-term impact of their proposed EYC year. Five short-listed candidates will be selected by a high-level, independent jury convened by the European Youth Forum. These five candidates will be provided with feedback and recommendations as to how they can improve their applications, before a final winner is chosen and announced at the European Youth Forum’s General Assembly in November 2018.

How to apply?

  • The full call for EYC 2021 applications, with all the relevant dates and details, is available HERE.
  • The EYC 2021 ‘Concept Note’ application form that cities must complete and submit is available HERE.
  • The legal terms and conditions governing the competition, which should be signed and submitted for the second round of the application, are available HERE.

If you have any questions relating to the application and selection procedure, please contact Rita Jonusaite at the European Youth Forum’s Secretariat:

Deadline for applications: 21 January 2018

More information on the European Youth Capital website.

The European Youth Forum is the platform of youth organisations in Europe representing 104 youth organisations both national youth councils and international non-governmental youth organisations, bringing together millions of young people from all over Europe in order to represent their common interests.