European Youth Capital
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.
More than a title!
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.
Many more, by simply applying to the title, experience innovative youth-focus initiatives taking place.
From public transport and infrastructure, to cultural and educational programmes and democratic policy-making, the European Youth Capital title invites cities across the continent to rethink how they engage with and include young people.
Empowering young citizens
It is crucial that young people have equal opportunity to shape the social, economic, political and cultural life of their local community.
The European Youth Capital initiative aims to support both young people and decision-makers to open up these possibilities and lead the way for other European municipalities to follow.
Inspiring a legacy
In over a decade of the existence of the European Youth Capital title, the Capitals have managed to become real champions for young people, fostering their engagement in decision-making processes and building their European identity.
From the first European Youth Capital, Rotterdam, in 2009 to this year's winner, Tirana, Youth Capital cities have been shown to establish strong relationships between young people, youth organisations, municipalities and local businesses to transform their communities.
Does your city have what it takes to become the next European Youth Capital?
Exciting news! The selection process for European Youth Capital 2025 is underway!
Find out more about the process and everything you need to apply.
Submit your city's application by 21 February 2022