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!

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

antwerp 2011 logo

Turin 2010 logo

rotterdam 2009 logo

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


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fax: +32 2 893 25 80
Rue de l’Industrie, 10
1000 Brussels

More information here.