Press Release

European Youth Capital 2019 announced: Novi Sad, Serbia

16. 11. 2016

The European Youth Forum announced this evening (16th November) that the European Youth Capital for 2019 is to be the city of Novi Sad, in Serbia.

An independent, high-level jury, convened by the European Youth Forum, chose Novi Sad from a shortlist of five finalist cities for the EYC (European Youth Capital) 2019 title. Through an open application process, Novi Sad’s proposal aims to celebrate and empower young people under the “OPENS19” theme, and beat close competition from Amiens (France), Derry City & Strabane (UK), Manchester (UK), and Perugia (Italy).

In its year as European Youth Capital, Novi Sad will work to create more opportunities for youth, including a newly-formed ‘Local Youth Governing Forum’, which will enable youth civil society to input on youth policies. A year-long programme of initiatives looks to further empower young people to become proactive initiators of positive change, introducing innovative ideas not only in Novi Sad, but also at the national and international level.

The city’s motto of ‘opening doors’ symbolises the creation of new opportunities for young people in the city itself, but also in developing bridges with other regions and countries. The Novi Sad EYC year is committed to working on diversity, developing specific projects in the areas of gender equality, LGBTIQ+ rights, and the inclusion of refugees.

Novi Sad is a youthful city, with a youth population of 80,000, plus a further 80,000 students. The award ceremony took place in Varna, Bulgaria – 2017’s European Youth Capital - just ahead of the European Youth Forum’s General Assembly, which brings together more than 200 young delegates representing youth organisations from all over Europe.

The European Youth Capital 2019, as in previous years, will encourage participation of young people through the promotion of new ideas and innovative projects. During an EYC year, the host city holds events and projects designed to demonstrate the active, essential role that young people and youth organisations can and do play in society.

Johanna Nyman, President of the European Youth Forum, said:

“Congratulations to Novi-Sad, European Youth Capital 2019! With their strong proposal for a year that will truly empower young people and create opportunities, we are convinced that they will have a successful year as EYC. We welcome their commitment to fostering meaningful youth participation and to building bridges between the local, national and international. All five shortlisted candidate cities’ applications were of excellent quality and so I know this was a very tough decision for the jury to make.”

Valentina Antic, coordinator of international cooperation for Novi Sad, said:

"I am extremely happy and proud of our city and our team, and want to thank all organisations that supported us and believed in us. Last but not least, big thanks to the European Youth Forum for giving us this fantastic opportunity."

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Notes for editors

About the European Youth Forum

The European Youth Forum is the platform of youth organisations in Europe. Independent, democratic, youth-led, it over 100 National Youth Councils and international youth organisations from across the continent. The Forum works to empower young people to participate actively in society to improve their own lives, by representing and advocating their needs and interests and those of their organisations towards the European Union, the Council of Europe and the United Nations. For more information, visit www.youthforum.org

About the European Youth Capital

The ‘European Youth Capital’ (EYC) title is awarded by the European Youth Forum to a European municipality for a period of one year, during which it is given the chance to showcase its youth-related cultural, social, political and economic life and development. The EYC title encourages municipalities to both continue and expand the implementation of youth participation projects and to develop the active participation of young people in society. Information on the past EYCs and their activities is available here: europeanyouthcapital.org