Five cities shortlisted for European Youth Capital 2019
April 29, 2016 -
Brussels, April 29th 2016 // Five cities have been shortlisted by an independent jury for the final stages the European Youth Capital (EYC) 2019 competition. They are (alphabetically):
Derry City & Strabane (Northern Ireland)
Manchester (United Kingdom)
Novi Sad (Serbia)
The five shortlisted cities were selected from a pool of thirteen applicants from right across Europe, and will now progress to the second round of the competition. The cities will have two months to submit an extensive programme of youth-related cultural, social and political events and activities, and outline a partnership between the municipality and the city’s young people to create, plan, and run the EYC year.
The competition for EYC 2019 was very strong, with several cities having entered past competitions for the title. Of the five shortlisted finalists, all have previously applied, built on the feedback received, and re-applied this year with stronger candidacies. This highlights the longer-term commitment and years of work often needed to secure the EYC title, and this process in itself involves significant reform and investment in young people and youth participation.
The shortlisted five beat competition from eight other cities, who will receive detailed feedback and strong encouragement to reapply. They are: Canary Islands (Spain), Dornbirn (Austria), Galway (Ireland), Graz (Austria), Kecskemét (Hungary), Székesfehérvár (Hungary), Trabzon (Turkey), and Villach (Austria).
In the next round of the competition, the shortlisted cities will submit a longer, more detailed application, which will be assessed by the high-level jury and a focus group of young people. They will make revisions based on this feedback, submit their final applications in October, and after a final jury meeting, the winner of the EYC 2019 title will be announced at the European Youth Forum’s Council of Members in November 2016.
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 2019 title will encourage the implementation of 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 became an endorsing partner of the EYC title in 2014.
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 both continue and expand the implementation of youth participation projects and to develop the active participation of young people in society. Information on the past EYCs and their activities is available here.
– The EYC high-level jury includes representatives from the European Parliament, the Council of Europe’s Congress of Local & Regional Authorities, the Open Society Initiative for Europe, the Council of Europe’s Advisory Council on Youth, the Council of Eurpean Municipalities and Regions, the OSCE-ODIHR, Euractiv, CSR Europe, the Committee of the Regions, Schwarzkopf Foundation Young Europe, the International IDEA, POLITICO European Edition, and the European Youth Forum. The full jury list is available here.