About the Initiative
The European Capital of Democracy Initiative has built a strong network of Cities fostering participation. Together with citizens, politicians, and institutions we are improving our democracies.
After a most successful start of the first Programme Year in Barcelona 2023/24, all eyes are now on the contenders for the second edition of European Capital of Democracy, with Bratislava, Gdansk, Izmir, Leipzig and Vienna shortlisted for the selection by Citizen Jurors.
The European Capital of Democracy 2024/25 will be announced mid December 2024.
Citizens are invited to contribute
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.
Your opportunity to play a key role in developing new forms of democratic practice.
2nd ECoD Call open
Declaration of Intent Phase ends – Interested Cities confirm their participation
Applicant Cities complete their submissions
Experts’ Jury evaluates submissions
Experts’ Jury presents the Shortlist of Nominee Cities
Citizens’ Jury selects the European Capital of Democracy 2024/25
2nd European Capital of Democracy is announced
January – August 2024
The Programme Year 2024/25 is prepared, coordinated by a Steering Board