European Youth Capital 2024 - shortlisted cities revealed!

09. 03. 2020

The European Youth Forum is very excited to present the four shortlisted cities that will continue in the running to become the European Youth Capital 2024 (EYC 2024)!

The cities are (in alphabetical order):

Chișinău (Moldova)
Ghent (Belgium) 
Lviv (Ukraine)
Veszprém (Hungary)

The European Youth Forum is pleased to see a growing number of cities from across Europe ready to work directly with youth organisations and invest in young people in their bid for the European Youth Capital title. 

The EYC 2024 application process has sparked many interesting ideas and proposals on how to strengthen youth participation, foster inclusivity and address local and regional issues that young people face.

While not shortlisted this time, we also acknowledge the impressive submissions of: 

Batumi (Georgia)
Istres (France)
La Louvière (Belgium)
Szekesfehervar (Hungary)
Vila Nova de Gaia (Portugal)

Each of these cities will receive feedback on their application from the European Youth Forum. We will also continue to work with those cities that were not shortlisted but wish to re-apply for the title in the future.

We would also like to note that Lublin was awarded with the EYC 2023 title on 27 February 2021, and therefore has withdrawn from the EYC 2024 selection process.

Next steps in the application process

In the next round of the competition, the shortlisted cities have until 23 May 2021 to submit a more detailed application outlining an extensive programme of youth-related cultural, social and political events and activities.

The shortlisted cities will again receive recommendations on their detailed applications from the independent jury and a focus group, and will submit their final, updated applications on 20 September 2021. 

Then the shortlisted cities will have a last chance to convince the EYC 2024 Selection Jury why they should be awarded the title at the Jury meeting taking place prior the official Award Ceremony in November 2021, where the winner will be announced. 

The European Youth Capital Jury

Finally, we’d like to express our thanks to the independent European Youth Capital jury for dedicating their time to thoroughly and fairly assess the applications of all the cities that apply. The jury comprises of representatives of the following institutions and organisations (in alphabetical order): 

Advisory Council of Youth of the Council of Europe

Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe

Council of European Municipalities & Regions



Europe Goes Local

European Association for Local Democracy - ALDA

European Committee of the Regions

European Economic & Social Committee

European Movement International

European Parliament

European Union - Council of Europe Youth Partnership 

European Volunteer Centre

European Youth Forum

Open Society Initiative for Europe 

Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development

OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights 

Schwarzkopf Foundation Young Europe

United Nations Economic Commission for Europe

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