Ganja is European Youth Capital 2016!
The ‘European Youth Capital’ (EYC) is the title awarded to a European city for the period of one year, during which it will be given the chance to showcase, through a multi-faceted program, its youth-related cultural, social, political and economic life and development. The EYC initiative encourages the implementation of new ideas and innovative projects, with regard to active participation of young people in society, and seeks to present a role model for the further development of youth policies in other European municipalities.
The second biggest city of Azerbaijan Ganja has applied to become the European Youth Capital (EYC) 2016 and got shortlisted. Ganja has competed for the title with such cities as: Badajoz (Spain), Galway (Ireland), La Laguna (Spain), Varna (Bulgaria) and Vilnius (Lithuania).
Ganja was the only non-EU candidate city and the only representative city of the whole Caucasus. Ganja is a city with a high percentage of young people. 50% of the population of the city consists of young people, because of 4 universities and 4 colleges located in Ganja. The youth of the city is very active in NGOs, local activities, projects and youth organizations.
The city paid a special responsibility to the applying process for the title. The activities organized in the frame of Ganja EYC 2016 have been led and coordinated by a special local committee consisting of young people and a coalition of different youth organizations. The municipality of the city has provided a big support to Ganja EYC 2016 initiative.
Finally, on the 21st of November 2013, Ganja has been announced as the European Youth Capital 2016 in Thessaloniki, Greece (the EYC 2014) during the European Youth Forum’s Council of Members. The European Youth Forum gave the award based on an application from Ganja that focused on strong local and European youth participation and the commitment to work on human rights.
Follow their activities here: http://www.ganja2016.eu/
YEU is cordially congratulating to our friends in Ganja!