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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 in our cities.

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Ivan Neirotti

Get to know the European Youth Capital 2022 - Tirana!

Under the slogan 'Activate Youth', Tirana European Youth Capital for 2022 encourages active participation focusing on the needs of young people today and tomorrow.

The packed programme features 100s of activities aimed at promoting volunteerism, empowering youth organisations, and creating networks and synergies among young people from all over Europe!

Why not get involved? 👀

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.

Previous European Youth Capitals

What's next?

Stay tuned for the #EYC2023 Lublin, Poland, and #EYC2024 Ghent, Belgium and #EYC2025 Lviv, Ukraine!

âš¡📞 The call for the European Youth Capital 2026 is now open! Do you think your city has what it takes?

With the Tirana European Youth Capital 2022's closing ceremony just around the corner, we are starting to look for the next European city of young people. More info and apply here

Exciting news! 🔥

Lviv (Ukraine) has just been announced the 2025 European Youth Capital!

A big congratulations to our other shortlisted candidates (in alphabetical order):

  • Fuenlabrada (Spain)
  • Izmir (Turkey)
  • 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!

Thank you to all the other municipalities that entered the competition - keep striving for youth inclusive cities!