Thessaloniki (Greece), Heraklion (Greece) and Ivanovo (Russia) have been selected among applications from cities all over Europe. These cities will now compete for the title of European Youth Capital 2014.
The three short-listed cities will have until October to provide more details about their programme, planned activities, events and policy development to their applications. This second phase will lead to the final selection of the European Youth Capital 2014.
The applications of Thessaloniki, Heraklion and Ivanovo all presented ambitious programmes that went beyond outlining preparations, implementation and follow-up mechanisms for the EYC project. All three came up with visions of youth-centred events that related to a variety of crucial domains (most notably, culture, sports and youth employment) and aimed at fostering civic empowerment and social inclusion in times of economic criss across Europe.
The jury, which includes representatives from the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities in Europe, the Committee on Culture and Education of the European Parliament, the Committee of the Regions, the Council of European Municipalities and Regions, Council of Europe the Advisory Council of Youth, EurActiv, NOW (Think Tank from Finland), the University of Montpellier, the Portuguese Youth Council, the Local Youth Council of Braga, the Slovenian Youth Council and the European Youth Forum will convene again in November in Brussels and discuss the top short-listed applications in order to select the European Youth Capital 2014.
The award ceremony will take place during the European Youth Forum Council of Members meeting taking place in Braga from November 18-20.
Learn more about the events taking place in the current European Youth Capital- Antwerp