La Capitale européenne de la Jeunesse

Le titre de Capitale européenne de la Jeunesse est décerné par le Forum européen de la Jeunesse en vue d'autonomiser les jeunes, d'insuffler un puissant élan à la participation des jeunes et de renforcer l'identité européenne. 

Chaque année, une nouvelle ville européenne se voit offrir la chance d'illustrer ses idées, activités et projets novateurs qui permettent aux jeunes de s'exprimer et d'amener une nouvelle perspective jeunesse dans tous les aspects de la vie de la ville. 

EYC Novi Sad group picture after winning

Des transports publics et de l'infrastructure aux programmes culturels et éducatifs et à l'élaboration politique démocratique, le titre de Capitale européenne de la Jeunesse invite les villes à travers le continent à repenser la façon dont elles s'engagent avec les jeunes et dont elles les incluent. 

Il est essentiel que les jeunes aient les mêmes possibilités de forger la vie sociale, économique et politique du lieu où ils vivent. L'initiative de Capitale européenne de la Jeunesse veut soutenir à la fois les jeunes et la ville pour permettre à ces possibilités de jaillir et d'ouvrir la voie aux autres municipalités européennes qui suivront. Depuis 2014, le Congrès des Pouvoirs locaux et régionaux du Conseil de l'Europe est un partenaire officiel du titre de Capitale européenne de la Jeunesse. 

Votre ville a-t-elle tout ce qu'il faut pour devenir la prochaine Capitale européenne de la Jeunesse ? Découvrez-en davantage à propos de ce titre et ensemble redynamisons les villes européennes ! 

 

How to apply

Comment poser sa candidature? 

L'héritage de chaque Capitale européenne de la Jeunesse survit ! Ce qui est réalisé au niveau local continue d'inspirer de nouvelles villes et de créer des liens à des projets à travers toute l'Europe. 

Découvrez les lauréats du titre (passés, présent et futurs) en cliquant sur les logos ci-dessous ! 

Amiens 2020 logo

Novi Sad logo

cascais logo

varna 2017 logo

ganja 2017 logo

cluj-napoca 2015 logo

thessaloniki 2014 logo

maribor 2013 logo

braga 2012 logo

Antwerp2011 logo

Turin 2010 logo

rotterdam 2009 logo

Des questions? Contactez Ivan Neirotti, Project Officer ivan.neirotti@youthforum.org

 

Why apply to become the next European Youth Capital?

The European Youth Capital title represents significant value to the awarded city and includes a number of benefits on the local, regional and European level. 

Any project aimed at empowering youth and supporting them in being active members within a society will lead to a better future, as someone well served by a community in their youth is more inclined to serve their community in return.

The European Youth Capital is still a relatively young project and it positions the city as a pioneer of this exciting opportunity. The cities selected in the next few years will be working to create a standard of excellence that future European Youth Capitals will look to and learn from. For years to come these municipalities will be seen as the founding fathers of a movement toward a better environment for youth and a more unified community in general.

Local and regional dimension

As for the regional impact, it creates a forum for new and creative thinking in which projects and ideas can stimulate a stronger cultural life and encourage all the citizens of a municipality and its neighboring areas to be active within their society.

It can be easily assumed that the active stimulation of youth involvement and encouraging the youth to think outside the box will present a community with endless possibilities as to the potential productivity of their youth in generating new ideas.

The development of programmes during the European Youth Capital year can also help with gaining momentum for sustainable long-term programmes, which will endure long after the year in question.

Another example of potential benefits is that being selected as the European Youth Capital ensures that attempts to garner additional public funding and new financial donors is made significantly easier.

European dimension

The title provides a chance for the city to showcase its cultural and professional youth issues on European scale.  The city is spotlighted by a variety of media, which inevitably creates a heightened sense of popularity for the city as well as increasing its visibility as a tourist destination.

As a leader in youth empowerment the European Youth Capital will also be established as a city for international and European meetings presenting itself as the logical place to host any kind of large-scale conference related to youth.  This is of course not to mention the amount of international young people and young leaders who will have the opportunity to visit EYC, increasing visibility and popularity for politicians and policy makers yet to come.

Is there funding for the European Youth Capital title?

There is no particular funding from the side of the European Youth Forum, however, the European Youth Forum is happy to support the city to apply for funding through existing funding mechanisms and diverse programmes such as Citizens for Europe, Erasmus+, EU Cohesion Funds, European Youth Foundation etc. 

Is my city eligible to apply for the European Youth Capital title?

The European Youth Capital competition is open to any Local Authority from Member States of the Council of Europe, which are parties to the European Cultural Convention adopted in 1954 in Paris. A local authority is defined as a municipality or group of municipalities located in a common geographical area. In that case one city still must be the lead city for the purpose of accountability and responsibility.

The size of the city is not a factor

Over the time smaller and bigger cities have been awarded the title, hence, the size is not the definite factor determining whether the applicant city will be successful. The human and financial capacity of a city as well as its capacity in terms of physical and youth infrastructure, and most importantly motivation is a factor however. To address such issues municipalities may involve surrounding areas, a group of municipalities located in the common geographical area, to apply for the title. However one city must be the lead city for the purpose of accountability and responsibility.

 

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