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About ECoD

What is ECOD?

A European Capital of Democracy will be designated for every year, starting in 2022 – as a Europe-wide initiative for strengthening democracy.

In cooperation with civil society and citizens, the designated city will curate, organise, and implement a wide range of activities and events. Visitors from all over Europe will be invited to observe and to participate in these efforts.

Vision & Mission

Our Vision

We aim to establish a highly visible space where the citizens of Europe come together, get involved, experience new forms of participatory and inclusive democracy in action and draw inspiration from a comprehensive programme designed to bring democracy forward and build or rebuild trust. Best democratic practice will shine under the media spotlight.

Our mission

In cooperation with civil society and citizens, we strengthen democracy, act as a catalyst for democratic development, provide space for democratic innovation and exchange, and showcase groundbreaking work to improve politics. All that in order to experience new forms of participatory and inclusive democracy in action and to draw inspiration – across borders and beyond party lines.

Our Core Values

What ECoD focuses on

Dimensions

Community

Community projects contribute to remarkable services, protecting the city’s inhabitants from harm by future-oriented policies and long-term planning.

Participation

Participation projects provide the city’s inhabitants with access to a range of tools to become an active part in decision-making processes.

Technology

Rapidly developing technology will profoundly shape the future of democracy. The opportunities presented by digitisation are infinite and so are the challenges it poses.

Empowerment

Empowerment projects enable the city to establish and maintain strong partnerships with civil society, academia and other relevant stakeholders.

Sustainability

Sustainability projects aim to foster an international discourse, supporting citizens and other cities in ensuring that radical climate transformation is a democratic, and not just a technocratic process.

OUR SUPPORTERS

Voices for democracy

We would like to thank all who have met our European Capital of Democracy initiative with enthusiasm and joined us in our efforts to make it real. They are politicians, political scientists, scholars, representatives of civil society and the business world, artists, engaged youths, and last not least our team. They all share fundamental democratic values and are committed to defending and supporting them.

Dubravka Šuica

“At this time of extraordinary difficulty and certainty, seeing this initiative taking shape and reaffirming the crucial role of our cities as strongholds and laboratories of democracy is reassuring and promising.”

Vice-President of the European Commission

Marija Pejčinović Burić

“European Capital of Democracy will provide the double benefit of highlighting democratic initiatives and providing the catalyst for more as cities compete to hold the title – and then reap the benefits that come with holding it.”

Secretary General of the Council of Europe