EYC 2020: Applications are officially open!

December 16, 2016 -

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Applications for the European Youth Capital (EYC) title 2020 are officially open! From December 16th 2016 until February 26th 2017, cities across Europe are invited to present themselves as candidates for EYC 2020, before the eventual winner is announced at the European Youth Forum’s Council of Members in November 2017.

The European Youth Capital (EYC) title is awarded by the European Youth Forum to a different European city each year. During an EYC year, the host city implements projects and events designed to demonstrate the active, essential role that young people and youth organisations play in society. The EYC title will be awarded for the twelfth time in 2020, having first been awarded to Rotterdam in 2009. Since then, the title has gone to Turin (2010), Antwerp (2011), Braga (2012), Maribor (2013), Thessaloniki (2014), Cluj-Napoca (2015), Ganja (2016), Varna (2017), Cascais (2018) and Novi Sad (2019).

To secure the EYC title, applicant cities are asked to submit an application outlining their past performance in the youth field, their motivation, the key challenges facing young people, and a multi-faceted programme of activities designed meet them. Cities attempt to develop innovative projects, such as the youth participatory budgeting initiatives from Cluj-Napoca (2015) and Cascais (2018). They must detail clear plans to empower young people, continue and expand youth-related projects, and the longer-term impact of their proposed EYC year. The whole year must have a strong European dimension and link to European youth policies, and past EYCs have focused on important social issues for their cities, such as social inclusion, employment, education, development and participation.

From here, five short-listed candidates will be selected by a high-level, independent jury convened by the European Youth Forum. The jury is comprised of institutional and civil society experts and practitioners, representatives from youth organisations, the private sector, media and from local and regional authorities. These five candidates will be provided with feedback and recommendations as to how they can improve their applications, before a final winner is chosen and announced at the European Youth Forum’s Council of Members in November 2017.

The European Youth Forum is delighted to open this process, and looks forward to receiving the first applications for EYC 2020.

  • (1) The full call for applications, with all the relevant dates and details, is available here.
  • (2) The ‘Concept Note’ application form is available here.
  • (3) The legal terms and conditions governing the competition, which should be signed and submitted with the application, are available here.

Should you have any questions relating to the application and selection procedure, please contact Conor O’Neill at the European Youth Forum’s Secretariat:

European Youth Forum AISBL, 10 rue de l'industrie, 1000 Brussels Belgium

Tel.: +32 2 793 75 20
Fax : +32 2 893 25 803

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