Varna (Bulgaria) awarded European Youth Capital 2017
November 20, 2014 -
Cluj Napoca, Romania, 19th November 2014 // Varna, Bulgaria’s third–largest city, was today awarded the title of European Youth Capital 2017, by the European Youth Forum.
An independent, high-level jury gave the award based on an application from Varna that focused on making the city a “social hub”, with “Innowave” the title of Varna’s year. The jury felt that this could lead to significant change in terms of sustainable long-term youth participation in the city, which is one of the key aims of the European Youth Capital (EYC) title. In its year as European Youth Capital, Varna will focus on social innovation, in particular on the development of social entrepreneurship as a tool for development of youth participation, sustainable employment, creativity, networking, exchange and education.
With a population of approximately 340,000, Varna has a large number of young people (around 158,000 under the age of 35). Varna was selected amongst a field of four strong bids, including: Cascais (Portugal), Galway (Ireland) and Perugia (Italy).
The award ceremony took place during a Youth Fair, just ahead of the European Youth Forum’s General Assembly taking place this week in Cluj Napoca, Romania, which becomes European Youth Capital in 2015.
The European Youth Capital 2017, as in previous years, will encourage participation of young people through the promotion of new ideas and innovative projects. During an EYC year, the host city holds events and projects designed to demonstrate the active, essential role that young people and youth organisations can and do play in society.
Peter Matjašič, President of the European Youth Forum, comments:
“We would like to congratulate Varna, European Youth Capital 2017, for their strong, diverse and detailed proposal and their commitment to tackle issues such as youth participation, education, social inclusion, employment and volunteering. I know it was a particularly difficult decision for the jury to make, given the strength of the applications.
“This prestigious title is a fantastic way to showcase good practice examples of youth policy making and youth participation at local level and think of new, innovative ideas and projects designed by and for young people to truly engage them in the life of their city. The EYC is also a unique way to strengthen the bonds between the candidate cities and Europe.”
Maya Doneva, member of the Varna European Youth Capital 2017 team, said:
“This is an amazing opportunity to show that we are a city of innovation and the European Youth Capital title is a great tool for that. We are absolutely delighted to win! Varna as European Youth Capital 2017 will be a new horizon for youth work.”
Notes to the editor:
– The European Youth Capital is a title awarded each year to a city by the European Youth Forum. 2017 will be the ninth European Youth Capital. Since the first European Youth Capital was awarded to Rotterdam in 2009, the title has been awarded to Turin, Antwerp, Braga, Maribor, Thessaloniki, Cluj-Napoca and Ganja.
– The EYC high-level jury includes representatives from the European Parliament, Microsoft, the Committee of the Regions of the EU, the Assembly of European Regions, the Council of European Municipalities and Regions, the Advisory Council on Youth of the Council of Europe, EurActiv, the University of Cagliari and the European Youth Forum.
– For more information visit: www.europeanyouthcapital.eu
About the European Youth Forum
The European Youth Forum is the platform of youth organisations in Europe. Independent, democratic, youth-led, it represents 99 National Youth Councils and international youth organisations from across the continent. The Forum works to empower young people to participate actively in society to improve their own lives, by representing and advocating their needs and interests and those of their organisations towards the European Union, the Council of Europe and the United Nations. For more information, visit www.youthforum.org