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How to apply to become the European Capital of Democracy 2024/25

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Becoming a European Capital of Democracy is a unique opportunity for cities within the Council of Europe member states and Kosovo.

A city holding this title will enjoy a wide range of benefits, such as an enhanced international reputation as a centre of education and innovation, the chance to host international events and meetings of leading European politicians, and of course a boost to civic pride.

Based on transparent criteria, an Experts’ Jury draws up a Shortlist of up to five outstanding contenders (the Nominee Cities). The 10,000-strong Citizens’ Jury will then select the European Capital of Democracy.

The Call for Applications will be open in autumn 2024.
Click here to download the previous call document from ECoD 2023 and all Annexes.

Application Process

How to apply

Cities across the member states of the Council of Europe enjoying full rights of representation are invited to take part in a competitive selection process. In February 2023, the second ECoD Call for Proposals will open, kicking off a unique designation process for the European Capital of Democracy 2024/25.

How the Citizens’ Jury is composed

The Citizens’ Jury consists of a cross-section of society and it is selected by ECoD NPO to be as representative as possible so that the yearly selection of the title-holding City by the Citizens’ Jury is transparent, objective, and fair.

Your benefits as Capital of Democracy

A city holding this title will enjoy a wide range of benefits, such as an enhanced international reputation as a centre of education and innovation, the chance to host international events and meetings of leading European politicians, and of course a boost to civic pride. The media coverage will focus on democratic best practice. All cities joining the ECoD City network will profit from mutual exchange of knowledge and experience, access to international expertise and cooperation.

International reputation

The city will gain an enhanced international reputation as a centre of education and innovation.

Host impactful events

The city will get the chance to host international events and meetings of leading European politicians.

Civic pride

The city will enjoy heightened civic pride.

Find out more about the ECoD Programme.

Apply here

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