About the Initiative
The European Capital of Democracy Initiative will build a strong network of Cities that will foster participation; a platform for hope, and for exercising the will and power to change our world for the better. Together with citizens, politicians, and institutions we will improve our democracies.
At the July 2022 deadline date for submissions, 22 cities* from 11 countries have responded to the call and applied for the nomination to become the first European Capital of Democracy (ECoD).
Democracy is our safest bet to protect our planet, restore peace, and secure a safe and prosperous future for us and our children. Become a Citizens’ Juror now and play a crucial role in strengthening and securing Europe’s democratic future!
Join us Building the European Capital of Democracy
Become a part of the European Capital of Democracy Programme Year.
Corporations, Foundations, and Organisations can build bridges for democratic innovation.
You have the opportunity to play a hands-on role in developing new forms of democratic politics.
WELCOME TO THE EUROPEAN CAPITAL OF DEMOCRACY
ECoD Call open
Declaration of Intent Phase for Interested Cities ends
Contender cities for European Capital 2023/24 will complete their registration by June 2022.
Applicant Cities complete their submissions
Experts’ Jury evaluates submissions
Experts’ Jury presents the Shortlist of Nominee Cities
Citizens’ Jury reviews Shortlist and selects the European Capital of Democracy
Designated European Capital of Democracy is announced
January – August 2023
The Programme Year is prepared, coordinated by a Steering Board
Opening ceremony of the European Capital of Democracy
Official opening ceremony for the first selected European Capital of Democracy 2023/24.