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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

Stefan Sindelar

ECoD gemeinnützige GmbH

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Delivering Democracy: Opinion Piece by Erika Staël von Holstein

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Barcelona Presents Programme Year as European Capital of Democracy 2023 – 2024

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Our 4th ECN Meeting in Valongo: Building Green Cities

THE NETWORK ONE YEAR ON It has been a whole year since thirteen cities first formed the European Capital of …

European Capital of Democracy Hosts Dubravka Šuica, Vice President of European Commission

The European Capital of Democracy was delighted to host Dubravka Šuica, Vice President of the European Commission, at our office …

CoE Secretary General, Marija Pejcinovic Buric, Visits ECoD Vienna office

The European Capital of Democracy was honored to host the Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Marija Pejcinovic Buric, …

TALE – become a change-maker!

European Capital of Democracy and ALDA, the European Association for Local Democracy, have teamed up to launch an ambitious project …

Sneak a peek at Barcelona’s programme highlights

End of March, a vibrant presentation event at EL BORN CENTRE DE CULTURA I MEMÒRIA brought together key stakeholders to …

Exploring Sarajevo: Promoting Intergenerational Participation in Urban Life

From the 22nd to the 24th of February, representatives from ten European cities gathered in Sarajevo for the ECoD City …

Making a difference for democracy

2022 was the year that brought European Capital of Democracy to life, building an international network of political innovators and …

Improving Democracy through Citizens’ Participation

Results of the ECoD Citizens’ Jury “State of Democracy” pilot survey In November 2022, ECoD founder Helfried Carl and Stefan …

The ECoD Programme Year: Be part of a unique democratic journey

ECoD Programme Manager Mathis Dippon talks about what to expect from the first ECoD programme year …



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