Moldova’s capital on the list of finalists for the title of European Youth Capital 2027

Chisinau, Moldova, has been selected as a finalist for the European Youth Capital 2027 designation. Other candidates for this nomination include Fuenlabrada and Málaga (Spain), Parma (Italy), and Skopje (North Macedonia), which are all EU Neighbours East.

The jury consists of several organisations, including the European Committee of the Regions, European Economic & Social Committee, European Parliament (CULT Committee), European Youth Forum, Open Society Initiative for Europe, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, and the Advisory Council of Youth of the Council of Europe.

The finalist cities have until 11 June to submit a more detailed application outlining their plans for youth-related events and activities in 2027.

The finalists will then receive further recommendations on their detailed applications from the independent jury and a focus group. Finally, they will submit their final and updated applications on 1 October 2024.

After that, the finalist cities will have the opportunity to convince the European Youth Capital 2027 selection jury why they should be chosen, at the jury meeting, which will take place before the official Award Ceremony in November 2024.

“IPN” notes that the Ministry of Education and Research and the National Youth Agency are implementing a “Youth Capital” national program that follows at the country level the European experience and involves the selection of a locality within which, during a year, activities and projects with and for the youth are concentrated.


Any locality in the Republic of Moldova (except Chisinau municipality and localities that held the “Youth Capital” title in the last three years since the edition for which they apply) which positively distinguishes itself and presents an ambitious program for youth involvement and development can become the Youth Capital, subsequently becoming a development model for other localities in the country.

At the first national edition in 2011, Ungheni municipality was the youth capital of Moldova, and the success was repeated in 2023. Cahul City will be the youth capital of Moldova in 2024.

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