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The European Capital of Democracy is a Europe-wide initiative to innovate and strengthen democracy. From 2022, each year one city will be selected in a five-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.

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Stefan Sindelar

CEO, ECoD gemeinnützige GmbH

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  • Why Become A European Capital Of Democracy?

    We have all witnessed democracy becoming more and more fragile for quite some time now. Today, in 2022, the role of democracy and its values in securing a safe and free life for ourselves and our children has become very clear to most of us. The war in Ukraine shows that our democracy shouldn’t be […]

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  • The Complete Guide for Cities to apply for the ECoD

    Fighting for democracy means fighting for peace. Cities are at the forefront of this struggle. The European Capital of Democracy (ECoD) is on a mission to work with European Cities and Citizens to strengthen democracy together. We are building a strong network of Cities that will foster participation, a platform for hope, and for exercising […]

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