Five cities shortlisted for European Youth Capital 2018

April 29, 2015 - EYC

5 Shortlisted


Brussels, April 29th 2015 // Five cities have been selected to compete for the European Youth Capital (EYC) 2018 title. They are (in alphabetical order):

  • Cascais (Portugal)
  • Kecskemét (Hungary)
  • Manchester (United Kingdom)
  • Novi Sad (Serbia)
  • Perugia (Italy)

The five shortlisted cities were selected by an independent high-level jury from twenty candidate cities – a record number of applications for the highly coveted title. These five cities will now progress to the second round of the competition, where they’ll be requested to submit a more detailed application outlining an extensive programme of youth-related cultural, social and political events and activities by 28 June.

Applications for EYC2018 came in from right across Europe, with an incredibly high standard throughout. The shortlisted five faced strong competition from fifteen other cities. These are: Amiens (France), Angra do Heroísmo (Portugal), Ankara (Turkey), Bratislava (Slovakia), Bristol (United Kingdom) Coimbra (Portugal), Erzurum (Turkey), Istanbul (Turkey), Kamyanets-Podilsky (Ukraine), Kingston Upon Hull (United Kingdom), Larnaka (Cyprus), Limassol (Cyprus), Naples (Italy), Poznan (Poland), and Tbilisi (Georgia). The Youth Forum will soon send detailed feedback to these cities and work with them if they wish to reapply for the EYC2019 title.

In the next round of the competition, the shortlisted cities will receive recommendations from the high-level jury and a focus group of young people. They will then submit their final, updated applications in October. The choice of the high-level jury for European Youth Capital 2018 will be announced at the European Youth Forum’s Council of Members in November 2015.

The European Youth Forum is delighted to see so many cities working to engage young people, and to develop youth policy and youth participation at the local level. As in previous years, the EYC 2018 title will encourage cities to implement the Council of Europe’s Charter on Local & Regional Participation of Young People, through innovative new ideas and projects. The Council of Europe’s Congress of Local & Regional Authorities is an endorsing partner of the EYC title.

Notes to the editors

– The ‘European Youth Capital’ (EYC) title is awarded by the European Youth Forum to a European municipality for a period of one year, during which it is given the chance to showcase its youth-related cultural, social, political and economic life and development. The EYC title encourages municipalities to continue and expand the implementation of youth participation projects and to develop the active participation of young people in society.


– The EYC high-level jury includes representatives from the European institutions, media, the private sector, youth organisations, academia and other stakeholders. These include the European Parliament, Council of Europe’s Congress of Local & Regional Authorities, the International IDEA, Euractiv, Microsoft, the Council of European Municipalities and Regions, the Committee of the Regions of the EU, the Assembly of European Regions, the Advisory Council on Youth of the Council of Europe, the University of Cagliari and the European Youth Forum.

For any questions or comments, please contact Conor O’Neill, Policy Officer on Participation, at

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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