Meet the EYC19 Finalists: Novi Sad

October 28, 2016 - EYC

Stay tuned and read all about the 5 finalists for European Youth Capital 2019. Once a week you will find one-page summaries from each of the finalists for EYC 2019 written in their own words – Amiens, Derry Strabane, Manchester, Novi Sad & Perugia. The winner will be announced November 16th 2016.

Short history: The meaning of the name of Novi Sad in the Serbian language is “a new garden”, which symbolically stands for the 80,000 youngsters and additional 80.000 students who are growing in this “YOUNG CITY“. For more than a century, Novi Sad has been a pioneer and a symbol of youth activism, making significant social changes in the history and systematic youth care.

“I love that welcoming sound I hear every time I come back to Novi Sad. Novi Sad celebrates its visitors!

The overall goal of “OPENS19” is: creating more opportunities for youth by youth, empowering them to become pro-active initiators of positive change, introducing innovative ideas not only in the NS, but also at national and international level.

NOVI SAD IS….Just the right size. Not too big not too small. It is peaceful and dynamic, at the same time.



While the young face many daily life challenges, the initiatives of OPENS19 aim at creating spaces for creativity, ideas development and discussions with policy makers in order to create more OPPORTUNITIES for young people. The motto “Opening Doors” symbolizes the creation of new opportunities for youth in the city of NS but also in developing bridges with other regions and countries.

The program has three pillars:

  • (1)“Novi Sad opening its doors”
  • (2)“Youth programs and infrastructure opening doors”
  • (3) “Novi SAD City Hall Opening its DOORS”:

“Novi Sad should be given a chance to prove itself to Europe, because we truly deserve it. Young people did not have easy path due to the wars and everything, still we managed to fight for our rights”.


Main motivation: The overall goal of OPENS19 is to create opportunities for young people, together with young people and the motivation to work on creation of opportunities for young people for the project came from young people and youth organisations from Novi Sad.

“We love Novi Sad because it is a city of diversity and inter-culturalism. Everyone can find something for themselves”



By becoming European Youth Capital 2019, we want to:

– Celebrate the energy of young people & promote right “role-models” for youth

– Strengthen the creativity and innovation in entrepreneurship, youth policy, youth work

– Foster youth activism and participation

– Get closer to young people

– Improve the conditions for youth NGOs

– Promote European dimension and EYC

– Celebrate diversity

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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