The 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. 

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. 

EYC Novi Sad group picture after winning

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 re-think how they engage with and include young people. 

It is crucial that young people have equal opportunity to shape the social, economic and political life of where they live. The European Youth Capital initiative aims to support both young people and the city to open up these possibilities and lead the way for other European municipalities to follow. Since 2014, the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe is an official endorsing partner the European Youth Capital title.

Does your city have what it takes to become the next European Youth Capital? The call for applications for European Youth Capital 2022 is now open! Learn more about the European Youth Capital and let’s #YouthUp! European cities together


How to apply


The legacy of each European Youth Capital winner lives on! What is achieved at local level continues to inspire new cities and connect to projects all over Europe. 

Discover the European Youth Capital winners (past, present and future) by clicking on the logos below!


Learn more about Klaipėda 2021

Learn more about Amiens 2020

Learn more about Novi Sad 2019

Learn more about Cascais 2018

Learn more about Varna 2017

Learn more about Ganja 2016

Learn more about Cluj-Napoca 2015

Learn more about Thessaloniki 2014

Learn more about Maribor 2013

Learn more about Braga 2012

Learn more about Antwerp 2011

Learn more about Turin 2010

Learn more about Rotterdam 2009

Have any questions? Contact Rita Jonusaite, Policy Officer on Participation at


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