What do you want to achieve with this project?

Do you want to shape the future of European democracy? Join us in creating the first “European Capital of Democracy” !

Beginning in 2022, each year a different city will be designated as the European Capital of Democracy by a jury of 10,000 European citizens.

The winning city will be at the centre of Europe’s discourse on the future of democracy, hosting a year-long programme of exciting events, festivals and activities with citizens’ participation at its heart.

If you are a citizen of a Council of Europe member state, you can now pre-register as a Citizens’ Juror to select the winning city later this year.

Join us on our mission to strengthen European democracy together!

Do you need help to put your idea into practice?

We are recruiting 10,000 citizens from within the Council of Europe member states for the Citizens’ Jury so we will need a lot of help and support in disseminating the message and getting people to register.

What are the details of the project?

With the creation of a Citizens’ Jury of 10,000 Europeans, this project aims to encourage civic and democratic participation, and foster open and inclusive societies. With the support of the Council of Europe, this bottom-up initiative brings to life civic innovation in the fight against decreasing democratic participation and eroding social cohesion.

The main objectives of this board of 10,000 social innovators are engagement in selecting an annual European Capital of Democracy (ECoD), multiplying and fostering good practice projects for deliberative democracy on the local level in Europe,  involvement of the citizens in a Europe-wide political discussion and open exchange process, and empowerment of the citizens to take the role of multipliers for activating political engagement and participation.


Topics the proposal focuses on
  • Citizen Participation
  • Climate change
  • Collaboration
  • Culture
  • democracy
  • Democracy and Participation
  • Education
  • Education and culture
  • elections
  • Employment
  • freedom
  • Good governance
  • human rights
  • Human/ Fundamental Rights
  • Humanitarian aid
  • Immigration
  • Institutions
  • International relations
  • Media
  • participation
  • Peace
  • Regional policies
  • Social Innovation
  • Social justice
  • Technology
  • Transparency
  • Youth