Eurocities’ members Ghent and Lviv have been nominated to become the European Youth Capital 2024. The European Youth Forum, a platform of more than 100 youth organisations, presented the four finalists on Tuesday. Besides Ghent in Belgium and Lviv, Ukraine, these are Chișinău, Moldova, and Veszprém, Hungary. The current Youth Capital is Klaipėda, Lithuania.
The European Youth Capital is a title designed to empower young people, boost youth participation and strengthen European identity.
The Ghent’s application , entitled ‘we are the city’, focuses on stimulating voluntary work and citizenship among young people, creating physical and mental space for them and building a warm city where young people feel safe.
Lviv has been the first Youth Capital of Ukraine in 2018. The city is home to the Union Forum, a non profit organisation with the purpose to promote international understanding and create opportunities for youth personal growth.
In the next round of the competition, the shortlisted cities must submit a programme of youth-related cultural, social and political activities. The winner will be announced in November.
You can read more about the European Youth Capital here.