13 cities compete to be European Youth Capital 2019!

29. 02. 2016

The cities in the running for the European Youth Capital 2019 title have been revealed. In total, 13 cities applied for the title from right across Europe. 

Applications for the EYC2019 title have been received from:

  • Amiens (France)
  • Canary Islands (Spain)
  • Derry-Strabane (Northern Ireland)
  • Dornbirn (Austria)
  • Galway (Republic of Ireland)
  • Graz (Austria)
  • Kecskemét (Hungary)
  • Manchester (England)
  • Novi Sad (Serbia)
  • Perugia (Italy)
  • Székesfehérvár (Hungary)
  • Trabzon (Turkey)
  • Villach (Austria)

The strong number of applications reflects the rising prestige and outreach of the title, with previous Youth Capitals and the 2015 Youth Capital, Cluj-Napoca (Romania), demonstrating how cities can be truly youthful and open to the input and participation of young people.

The Youth Capital jury composed of civil society youth policy experts and practitioners, representatives from the private sector, media and from local and regional authorities, will select the five short listed candidates cities, which will be announced by 29th April. After input from the jury and young people, these five candidates will be asked to submit an updated application by October. After a final jury meeting, the winner of the EYC2019 title will be announced at the European Youth Forum’s General Assembly in Varna, Bulgaria (EYC2017) in November 2016.

The European Youth Forum is delighted to see so many cities are taking steps to make their city youthful and to prioritise young people. We look forward to the next stage of the selection process for 2019’s European Youth Capital.

Any questions regarding this application process should be directed to Conor O’Neill at

For more information on the title and on previous Youth Capitals, visit: