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The European Capital of Democracy is a Europe-wide initiative of the ECoD Non-Profit Organisation, powered by The Innovation in Politics Institute to promote democracy.

From 2022, each year one city will be selected in a two-stage process – by a jury of experts and a jury of 10,000 European citizens – and granted this honorary title.

Together with its citizens, the European Capital of Democracy curates, organises and hosts a variety of activities that strengthen democracy. Visitors from all over Europe – politicians, experts, civil society actors, artists, citizens and media representatives – are invited to take part in the initiative and make the city a stage for European democracy.

Contact
Stefan Sindelar, CEO
ECoD gemeinnützige GmbH
shs@capitalofdemocracy.eu
+43 664 88665030

Timeline

  • 18 September 2020

    Official launch

  • Autumn 2020

    Public announcement of the first pre-selected European Capital of Democracy

    Europe-wide communication campaign
    to generate awareness and promote future submissions

  • Spring 2021

    Call for submissions for first elected European Capital of Democracy 2023-2024

  • Autumn 2021

    Public announcement of the second pre-selected European Capital of Democracy

  • Autumn 2021 – Autumn 2022

    First pre-selected city holds the title of European Capital of Democracy

  • March 2022

    The first contender cities have completed their registration.

  • April – July 2022

    The international Group of Experts assesses all applications, visits cities
    for interviews, and selects
    a shortlist of five cities.

  • August 2022

    A jury of 10,000 citizens selects the next European Capital of Democracy.
  • 15 September 2022

    Public announcement of the jury-selected third European Capital of Democracy on
    the International Day of Democracy

  • Autumn 2022 − Autumn 2023

    The second pre-selected city holds the title of European Capital of Democracy.

  • September 2022 – September 2023

    The third European Capital of Democracy prepares its year-long programme. Pre-events with jurors, civil society, politicians, and other citizens

  • 15 September 2023

    Opening ceremony for the third European Capital of Democracy on the International Day of Democracy

Documents

ECoD Brochure
ECoD Voices
ECoD Factsheet
Institute Factsheet

Photos

All press photos are royalty free for editorial use, photo credit: Sebastian Philipp 

Helfried Carl, Founder and Advisory Board Member of European Capital of Democracy Initiative and Managing Partner at The Innovation in Politics Institute.