The European Capital of Democracy is a Europe-wide initiative to innovate and strengthen democracy. From 2023, each year one city will be selected 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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A delegation of the European Capital of Democracy (ECoD) marked a momentous occasion during its two-day visit to Kyiv. Mayor Vitali Klitschko signed a Memorandum of Understanding on a special partnership regarding Kyiv´s role within the ECoD Initiative and its city network.
Press Release, 19 July 2023, Vienna Download English Version | German Version | ECoD Map Call for European Capital of Democracy 2024/25: Eight Cities Compete for the Title, Special Partnership with Kyiv Following Barcelona as the first-ever European Capital of Democracy, democracy takes center stage again as eight bold cities from across Europe enter the […]
End of March, a vibrant presentation event at EL BORN CENTRE DE CULTURA I MEMÒRIA brought together key stakeholders to introduce the European Capital of Democracy’s Programme Year, inviting the civil society and business community to partner-up with us to make Barcelona a beacon of democracy. At the event, attendees were given an in-depth look […]
European Capital of Democracy NPO appoints Alexander Heichlinger as local representative in Barcelona
Local government expert Alexander Heichlinger will take on the role as point of contact and envoy for the European Capital of Democracy initiative (ECoD) in the title-holding City of Barcelona.
Barcelona designated as the first European Capital of Democracy Following a vote by several thousand members of a pan-European citizen jury, Barcelona will host a year of events dedicated to strengthening European democracy. Barcelona has been awarded the title of European Capital of Democracy 2023/24. The result was announced at a press conference in Barcelona […]
Mayors, administrators, researchers, and young change-makers from across Europe and beyond will focus on tackling the climate and biodiversity emergency at this two-day event.
A livestreaming on-site experience and activist game jam assembling the European gaming community to take a stand for democracy and combat fake news.
A festival celebrating contemporary fine art, participation and society.
The 7th annual Innovation in Politics Awards honour 80 ground-breaking finalist projects from across Europe in 8 different categories in the ECoD – Barcelona!
Igniting the conversation around Democracy, Technology, and Collective Intelligence.
21 ECoD Applicant Cities, across 13 countries, gather together to discuss Digital Transition and join Barcelona’s Decidim Fest, 2023.
A day before the International Day of Democracy, Barcelona unveiled its year-long programme as the European Capital of Democracy (ECoD). This remarkable initiative is set to kick off in October, transforming the city into a vibrant hub for democratic discourse and innovation. The programme encompasses a series of events and activities dedicated to nurturing democratic […]
Press Release, 14 September 2023, BarcelonaDownload English Version I Download German Version I Images I Recorded Stream European Capital of Democracy 2023 – 2024: Barcelona Launches Programme A day prior of September 15, the International Day of Democracy, Barcelona has presented the year-long programme as European Capital of Democracy (ECoD). Starting in October the city will host a series […]
Pressemitteilung, 14. August 2023, Kyiv Kyiver Bürgermeister Vitali Klitschko unterzeichnet Partnerschaft mit Europäischer Demokratiehauptstadt Kyiv, Ukraine – Eine Delegation der Europäischen Demokratiehauptstadt (ECoD) konnte während eines zweitägigen Besuchs in Kyiv eine bedeutsame Zusammenarbeit festigen: Bürgermeister Vitali Klitschko unterzeichnete eine Absichtserklärung über eine Sonderpartnerschaft im Hinblick auf die Rolle Kyivs innerhalb der ECoD-Initiative und ihres Städtenetzwerks. Derzeit […]
In a significant step towards fostering stronger democratic ties, representatives from the European Capital of Democracy City initiative (ECoD) recently met with delegates from Kyiv. The meeting took place in Vienna, setting the stage for a promising partnership that seeks to promote democratic values and to provide insights on how to maintain governance in times […]
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