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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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  • Three Cities on shortlist for first European Capital of Democracy
    Three Cities on shortlist for first European Capital of Democracy

    Experts’ Jury members from left to right: Amina Krvavac, Bruno Kaufmann, Antonella Valmorbida, Robert Krimmer, Jaimie Just 5 December, Vienna: Barcelona, Braga and Brussels in final voting by Citizens’ Jury to become the first European Capital of Democracy 2023/24. Three cities that are frontrunners in democracy have been shortlisted by the Experts’ Jury in the […]

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  • 13 Cities join forces to strengthen European Democracy
    13 Cities join forces to strengthen European Democracy

    19 October 2022, Vienna, Austria: 13 Cities from all over Europe have joined a network of dedicated cities that are frontrunners in democracy. The European Capital of Democracy’s City Network, with the aim to share expertise on democracy and to change our world for the better, is currently celebrating its launch in Vienna. “We are proud […]

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  • 13 cities compete to become the first European Capital of Democracy
    13 cities compete to become the first European Capital of Democracy

    Democracy is our best bet to restore peace, protect our civil rights and fight climate change. One of 13 cities from eight countries has the chance to become the very first European Capital of Democracy. Each participating city joining the European Capital of Democracy Initiative becomes a champion of democratic innovation, fostering cohesion, collaborative opportunities […]

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  • Protecting cultural freedom and expression: The Art of Democracy Festival
    Protecting cultural freedom and expression: The Art of Democracy Festival

    Our Art of Democracy Festival will take place for the first time in 2024 as part of the Programme Year of the European Capital of Democracy. But perhaps you are wondering: What exactly does art have to do with democracy? The core aim of The Innovation in Politics Institute is to identify and develop innovations […]

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  • Introducing Art of Democracy
    Introducing Art of Democracy

    Art of Democracy was born from our strong belief that art is a seismograph of past and present social processes. Bound by neither geography, nor language, artists often reflect on what is happening right now, and what moves us all. With aesthetic tools they analyze the DNA of our society from an unaccustomed perspective. This […]

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  • The European Capital of Democracy initiative meets enthusiastic response from Mayors all over Europe
    The European Capital of Democracy initiative meets enthusiastic response from Mayors all over Europe

    22 Cities from 13 countries have applied to become the first European Capital of Democracy        At the July 2022 deadline date for submissions, 22 cities* from 13 countries have responded to the call and applied for the nomination to become the first European Capital of Democracy (ECoD). The cities are located in […]

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  • Acts of Democracy: Refugee Counselling, Democratic Governance and LGBTQ Rights
    Acts of Democracy: Refugee Counselling, Democratic Governance and LGBTQ Rights

    From freshly-published books, current exhibitions, digital exploration journeys, arts & culture projects, podcasts, films, essays and studies, we’ve hand-picked fifteen acts of democracy for you to explore and get curious about this month. By Ioana Casapu 6 Tips For Treating Refugees With Respect And Support “Help for self-help is the mantra in refugee counseling. As […]

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  • Why Become A European Capital Of Democracy?
    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
    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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  • ECoD CEO Stefan Sindelar im Interview
    ECoD CEO Stefan Sindelar im Interview

    Europa leidet zunehmend unter der Politikverdrossenheit seiner Bürger*innen. Eine Initiative, die wieder Lust auf die Teilhabe an demokratischen Prozessen machen soll, kommt aus Österreich u. nennt sich European Capital of Democracy. Der Gründer und Geschäftsführer des gemeinnützigen Vereins, MTD-Absolvent Stefan Sindelar, stellt sein ambitioniertes Projekt im Interview vor. Nachdem er 2003 den Campus Hagenberg verlassen […]

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