Be Part of the EYC 2026 Focus Group: Join Now!


Are you passionate about promoting youth participation in cities and implementing European youth policies at the local level? Then the European Youth Forum wants to hear from you!

The European Youth Capital (EYC) is a title awarded annually to a European city with an exceptional commitment to engaging and empowering young people. For the 2026 edition, the EYC 2026 Focus Group is seeking five young people to help analyse the applications of the five short-listed candidate cities: Izmir, Málaga, Sarajevo, Tromsø, and Vila do Conde.

If you want to be part of this exciting project, read on to learn how you can apply.

Join the EYC 2026 Focus Group

The EYC 2026 Focus Group will meet in Novi Sad, Serbia, the European Youth Capital of 2019, on July 4 and 5, 2023. As a member of the Focus Group, you will have the opportunity to use your expertise to analyse each city’s application and develop recommendations that will help the jury select the 2026 European Youth Capital.

The European Youth Forum will cover your travel and accommodation expenses, and you’ll be working alongside an expert who will guide your analysis. Your feedback will also be sent to the finalists as valuable feedback on their applications.

To apply, send your CV and answers to the following questions to [email protected] before Friday, April 28, 2023:

  • How can you contribute with your experience to the work of the European Youth Capital 2026 Focus Group?
  • In which way the participation of young people and youth organisations can have a positive impact on the city and its governance? How can the European Youth Capital title contribute to this?
  • In your opinion, what is an ideal long-term legacy for the European Youth Capital year?
  • Is there any reason that may prevent you from providing objective feedback on the applications of this year’s finalists? 

Please declare any connections you may have with the following cities: Izmir (Turkey), Málaga (Spain), Sarajevo (Bosnia and Herzegovina), Tromsø (Norway), Vila do Conde (Portugal).

Don’t miss out on this unique opportunity to help shape the future of European youth engagement! Apply by April 28th, 2023.


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