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Brief Intro

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.

Throughout the Programme Year, EURACTIV will act as strategic media partner of the European Capital of Democracy.

Media relations

Amadea Horvath

Creative Lead and Media Relations,
ECoD gemeinnützige GmbH

+43 660 10 27 903

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Event review: Democracy Networks

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