Thessaloniki: European Youth Capital 2014
Greece might be under an economic crisis but at least the good news for youth in the country is that they can be proud of Thessaloniki – the city which has been elected as the European Youth Capital for 2014. Following Braga's (Portugal) and Maribor's (Slovenia) European footsteps in the upcoming years 2012 and 2013 respectively, this beautiful, historic but focused on young people city (which can be seen in its promotional video here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n4G4ZEJan3w ) will have the honour to represent European youth.
According to the jury panel, Thessaloniki presented itself as a city vibrant with civil society involvement, and outlined strong stakeholder support from the local, to the European level. The juries also remarked that Thessaloniki highlighted the importance of establishing sustainable projects for a variety of activities that address young people’s challenges by building on existing structures – as we read in the YFJ press release.
The award ceremony took place in Braga on the 19th of November 2011. The European Youth Capital title has been awarded since 2009 when Rotterdam received the award. The selection of the winner is coordinated by the European Youth Forum. We congratulate Thessaloniki and so far encourage youngsters to visit Braga – the European Youth Capital 2012.
YEU Newsmail Journalist and Editor