Work on the European Youth Capital 2016 already underway in Ganja, Azerbaijan
September 17, 2014 - Ganja
Work has already begun in Ganja, Azerbaijan in preparation for the city’s upcoming year as European Youth Capital (EYC) 2016. Though almost fifteen months remain until the city takes on the title, youth representatives and political leaders have been meeting to make sure that Azerbaijan’s youth-related cultural, social, political and economic life is well-showcased in 2016.
The European Youth Capital is a title granted to a European city for a period of one year, during which events and projects are held to demonstrate the active, essential role that young people and youth organisations can (and do) play in society. It is presented by the European Youth Forum on behalf of a jury of local and regional authorities, cultural committees, youth councils, and other youth-related bodies. Ganja was awarded the title last November, and will succeed Thessaloniki, Greece (2014) and Cluj Napoca, Romania (2015) as Europe’s Youth Capital from January 1st 2016.
A European Youth Forum delegation visited Ganja from 28-31st August to monitor developments and provide assistance with the City’s preparations. The delegation held intensive meetings with the Mayor & Vice-Mayors of Ganja (as well as municipality representatives) and received presentations on the work plan for the upcoming EYC year. Moreover, they met with many young people and youth organisation representatives, who discussed their involvement with the EYC and the projects that are currently in development. The Network of European Youth Capitals also convened in the city, discussing Ganja’s integration into the network of past capitals and best practices for the year ahead.
The European Youth Forum is pleased to see preparations underway ahead of Ganja’s year as European Youth Capital 2016, and looks forward to the promotion of close cooperation between the Azerbaijani government and young people/youth organisations. Such cooperation is vital in delivering on commitments to tackle issues of youth participation, education, social inclusion and employment in Europe.
Article from the Youth Policy Watch #107, 16th of September