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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.
Stefan Sindelar, CEO
ECoD gemeinnützige GmbH
+43 664 88665030
18 September 2020
Public announcement of the first pre-selected European Capital of Democracy
Europe-wide communication campaign
to generate awareness and promote future submissions
Call for submissions for first elected European Capital of Democracy 2023-2024
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
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 2022A 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
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.