Building the

European Capital
of Democracy

Bienvenue à la Capitale Européenne de la Démocratie

À partir de l’automne 2021, chaque année une nouvelle ville en Europe deviendra la Capitale Européenne de la Démocratie. Elle mettra en devant de la scène tous ceux qui sont impliqués dans l’innovation et le renforcement de la démocratie. 


Nous – individus, politiciens, experts, militantes, artistes, fondations, administrations, académies et le monde des affaires – nous y rencontrerons et travaillerons sur ce qui doit être fait, ensemble. 


Tout commence maintenant. 

Les ennemis de la démocratie ne dorment jamais. Nous non plus.

Messages de nos supporters


Nous vous invitons à identifier les meilleures pratiques du système politique démocratique. Si vous connaissez des projets phares auxquels vous croyez et considérez comme exemplaires et pertinents, n’hésitez pas à nous le faire savoir et écrivez-nous un email.

Les meilleures pratiques en matière de démocratie

Rejoignez nous pour créer la Capitale Européenne de la Démocratie!

Nous construisons une Europe plus forte avec les démocraties solides fondées sur nos valeurs partagées telles que l’équilibre social, prospérité, et droits de l’homme.

Avec la Capitale Européenne de la Démocratie nous voudrions donner une visibilité aux villes en soulignant leur pratiques démocratiques afin que les citoyens puissent faire l’expérience d’une véritable démocratie en action et retrouver la confiance envers cette forme de gouvernance meilleure.


Si vous souhaitez suivre le développement de la Capitale Européenne de la Démocratie, rejoignez-nous.

Les voix de la démocratie


Former Chairman of the ‘Solidarity’ movement, former President of Poland, Nobel Peace Prize winner 1983

“While we reflect on the historic victory of the Polish Solidarity movement on its fortieth anniversary, we need to address the fact that our freedom and openness are in crisis. To defend the free and open world we need to firmly stand up to challengers that see our values and way of life as a threat. We need to make people feel once again that institutions represent them and are accountable to their voices.”



Mayor of Sofia, Bulgaria

In our Europe, democracy is not a concept, but participation and policies that improve quality of life. The key to achieving this goal is to highlight best practice and efforts in the fields of policy, education, culture, social inclusion and innovation.


Democracy scholar and independent consultant for democratic innovation and political education

Democracy and cities have a common tense: the future. Both democratic negotiation as well as urban cohabitation are based on permanent change. There are no final certainties, everything is subject to the demand to change. With their promise of the future, cities are constantly attracting new ideas and people who are realising the ideal of democracy as foreign friends. The micropolitical experiences of the city have a great impact, often transversely to national structures. From Krutikov’s Flying City to the real utopias of municipalism, it is always about the question: How do we want to live together tomorrow, as strangers, next door to one another?


Executive City Councillor for Education, Integration, Youth and Personnel, Vienna, Austria

Cities have always been centres of democracy. But today they face the challenge of a growing gap between the residential population and the enfranchised population, which leads to problems regarding the democratic legitimacy of political decisions. Cities are therefore particularly called upon to facilitate the participation of all residents, by means of democratic innovations. Democracy is not a point of arrival but a process in which cities need to continually develop. Vienna is a good model in this regard, because it develops formats that enable all of the city’s inhabitants to actively participate in shaping the place where they live. Strengthening this will be a key objective of innovative, democratic cities in the future.


Partner and Global Head of Terra Numerata, Roland Berger, former French Minister of Innovation and Digital Affairs

Today, improving politics is essential for democracy in the changed environment. In daily work, it might often seem that there are good reasons not to change. So we need to provide encouragement and rewards – like the European Capital of Democracy initiative does – for offering new and real democracy to all.



We may exhaust ourselves in outrage over a lot of things these days. Forgetting that we always have the chance to act instead. The European City of Democracy initiative is putting the spotlight on those who are taking action already – for human rights, for democracy, for us. That is why I want to be part of it. Still outraged, but in a focused way for a change.


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