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.

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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

LECH WAŁĘSA

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.”

 

Dominic Schwickert

Executive Director, Das Progressive Zentrum in Berlin, Germany

We believe cities are rising actors that can deliver the necessary answers to illiberal populism and other global issues. They can also serve as a vehicle for relaunching a cross-border dialogue, based on collaboration and progressive values. Cities are in fact the link between the local and the global. They are places of inspiration, refuge, freedom and progress. Many of our own projects such as “New Urban Progress” take this perspective. To see European cities in a friendly competition for democratic values like participation is a fantastic vision. This is why we support the ECoD initiative by heart. 

Paulina Fröhlich

Head of Programme “Future of Democracy”, Das Progressive Zentrum in Berlin, Germany

Already as a child I loved to travel to the European Capitals of Culture. It was thrilling to experience Europe, localism and culture all in one and I told my friends about it. The idea of launching the European Capital of Democracy is brilliant: one day it will be my children telling their friends in school that they have visited a European city in summer that was full of inspiration for sustainable communities, participation and democratic digitalisation.  

Rafał Trzaskowski

Mayor of Warsaw, Poland

I believe that it is time for a new solidarity. New European Solidarity. We have to give our democracies new meaning and take them to a better place together. Therefore, I am certain that the European Capital of Democracy initiative is a path that will lead to us regaining trust in democracy – without doubt, the best form of government.

YORDANKA FANDAKOVA

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.

TAMARA EHS

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?

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