Tirana is the 14th city to win this award but this is more than a just a prize. For one year, Tirana will be the European Capital of Youth, which means a lot of projects, activities, an extraordinary promotion of Tirana and Albania. There will be many opportunities for our youth to organize, connect and strengthen the European identity.
Encouraging Youth Participation, the European Youth Capital title has contributed to increasing young people’s engagement in decision-making processes through further improved or newly developed co-decision-making and participation structures, thus, better connecting young people with local authorities.
What is the aim of the European Youth Capital program?
Through the activities that will be organized the program aims to: opens up new opportunities, brings positive change, encourages active participation, promotes volunteering, fosters European identity, champions diversity and inclusion, strengthens youth organizations, boosts investment in youth, amplifies voice in Europe, transforms the city into an international meeting point, connects young people.
The first city who won this award was Rotterdam in 2009. On rotation: Turin (Italy), Antwerp (Belgium), Braga (Portugal), Maribor (Slovenia), Thessaloniki (Greece) Clunj Napoca (Romania); Ganja (Azerbaijan), Varna (Bulgaria), Cascais (Portugal), Novi Sad (Serbia); Amiens (France).
Municipalities from all over Europe have had the opportunity to apply in this competition, each with videos and examples of why it deserves to be the European Youth Capital, showing the particularities of youth identity and strength. Tirana was presented with a wonderful two-generation video, where the younger generation, many children and then young people speak several foreign languages. The Municipality of Tirana is preparing the calendar of activities, aiming our capital to be on the map for the European Youth.
Source: Youth Forum