Call for applications to the European Youth Capital 2025 title

Do you dream to #YouthUp your city in 2025? 

The European Youth Capital (EYC) is a title awarded by the European Youth Forum designed to empower young people, boost youth participation and strengthen European identity.

Each year, a new European city is given the chance to showcase its innovative ideas, projects and activities that aim to raise up young voices and bring a new youth perspective to all aspects of city life.

Do you think your city has what it takes? 

Here is your chance, as we are launching the call for applications to be the European Youth Capital 2025.

The EYC titlewill be awarded for the 17th time in 2025. 

The first Capital was Rotterdam in 2009, and the last awarded city was Ghent, which will be European Youth Capital in 2024.

Why should a municipality apply to be the next European Youth Capital?

Young people must have an equal opportunity to shape the social, economic and political life in their community. They bring fresh ideas, they rejuvenate local democracy, and their contributions benefit all of the city’s residents. The European Youth Capital project supports both young people and the city to open up these possibilities and lead the way for other European municipalities to follow.

Around the year of the European Youth Capital, the winning city engages young people and celebrates their contributions to urban life. The title allows the city to showcase its commitments and engage residents in inclusive co-creation. It leads to stronger support for youth and their rights, and it improves connection with other European cities which prioritise their young residents.

The application process itself is also an opportunity for municipalities and youth organisations to work together, discuss youth priorities, and receive feedback from an expert group on their proposals.

Want to know more? Check out the report “‘European Youth Capital – Ten years of boosting vibrant youthful cities“.

Who can apply?

The EYC competition is open to any local authority from Member States of the Council of Europe, which are parties to the European Cultural Convention.

How to apply?

Find all the needed information on our website page, including…

– The full call for European Youth Capital 2025 applications, with all the relevant dates and details.

– The European Youth Capital 2025 Application Questionnaire to guide the application.

– The European Youth Capital 2025 Application Form that cities must complete and submit. 

– The legal terms and conditions governing the competition, which should be signed and submitted together with other application documents.

If you have any questions related to the application and selection procedure, please contact Ivan Neirotti (, Project Officer, at the European Youth Forum’s secretariat.

Deadline for applications: 21 February 2022

The European Youth Forum (YFJ) is the platform of youth organisations in Europe. We represent more than youth organisations, which bring together tens of millions of young people from all over Europe.

Please find more information on the European Youth Forum’s website.

The content of this website is the sole responsibility of the author and can in no way be taken to reflect the views of the European Union, the Managing Authority or the Joint Secretariat of the South Baltic Cross-border Cooperation Programme 2014-2020. The project UMBRELLA is partly financed from the Interreg South Baltic Programme 2014-2020 through the European Regional Development Fund.