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European Youth Capital 2025 - final 4 cities revealed!


The competition to become European Youth Capital 2025 is heating up! After receiving applications from 19 cities, the Jury has now shortlisted our final four.

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Ivan Neirotti

A big congratulations to (in alphabetical order):

Fuenlabrada (Spain)

Izmir (Turkey)

Lviv (Ukraine)

Tromsø (Norway)

All of these finalist cities have demonstrated amazing commitment to investing in young people and opening up opportunities for active involvement in city life. Well done!

The European Youth Capital year is an opportunity for young people to play an active role in shaping the community where they live and having a stronger say on the decisions that affect them. Throughout the application process, cities are encouraged to showcase how they are working together with young people to ensure that year will reflect their ideas, interests and opinions.

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

Alimos (Greece)

Antalya (Turkey)

Azuqueca de Henares (Spain)

Burgas (Bulgaria)

Chisinau (Moldova)

Dubrovnik (Croatia)

Gratwein-Straßengel (Austria)

Komotini (Greece)

Ljubljana (Slovenia)

Madrid (Spain)

Mosjøen (Norway)

Pordenone (Italy)

Savona (Italy)

Stara Zagora (Bulgaria)

Strumica (North Macedonia)

We hope that each of these applicants will continue to strive to be youth-inclusive cities, and as part of the Youth Capital process, we are committed to providing feedback on their application. We also look forward to continuing to work with those cities that were not shortlisted but wish to re-apply for the title in the future.

Next steps

In the next round of the competition, the shortlisted cities have until 23 June 2022 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 10 October 2022.

Then the shortlisted cities will have a last chance to convince the EYC 2025 Selection Jury why they should be awarded the title at the Jury meeting taking place prior the official Award Ceremony in November 2022, where the winner will be announced.

Who are the Youth Capital Jury?

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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