European Youth Capital 2022 – applicant cities revealed!

16. 01. 2019

Twelve cities from across Europe are putting themselves forward to compete for the prestigious title of European Youth Capital 2022. They are now going through the first round of the selection process.

The European Youth Capital is a title awarded by the European Youth Forum designed to empower young people, boost youth participation and strengthen European identity.

Each year, a new European city is given the chance to showcase its innovative ideas, projects and activities that aim to raise up young voices and bring a new youth perspective to all aspects of city life.

The applicant cities are :

Baia Mare (Romania)

Bilbao (Spain)

Gdynia (Poland)

Kazan (Russia)

Leiden (the Netherlands)


Poznań (Poland)

Ribeira Grande (Portugal)

Tirana (Albania)

Ulyanovsk (Russia)  

Varaždin (Croatia)

Veszprém (Hungary)


The European Youth Forum is delighted to see so many cities taking steps to make their cities youthful. We look forward to the next stage of the selection process and wish every city the best of luck.

What happens next?

To award the title, the European Youth Forum convenes an independent Jury composed of institutional and civil society experts, youth representatives, local and regional authorities, people from the media and people from the private sector. 

The Jury members assess the applications and shortlist up to five cities for the second round of the competition. The shortlisted cities will be announced on 11 March 2019. 

In the second round of the competition, the shortlisted cities will have to submit a more detailed application outlining an extensive programme of youth-related cultural, social and political events and activities.

They will also receive recommendations from the independent Jury and a Focus Group and will submit their final, updated applications in November 2019.


Watch this space!

The winner will be announced in November 2019 in the official Award Ceremony hosted by Amiens- European Youth Capital 2020.

The current European Youth Capital is Novi Sad, Serbia.

Learn more more about Novi Sad here: 

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