The European Capital of Democracy is a Europe-wide initiative of the ECoD Non-Profit Organisation, powered by The Innovation in Politics Institute to promote democracy. From 2022, each year one city will be selected in a two-stage process – by a jury of experts and a jury of 10,000 European citizens – and granted this honorary title.

Together with its citizens, the European Capital of Democracy curates, organises and hosts a variety of activities that strengthen democracy. Visitors from all over Europe – politicians, experts, civil society actors, artists, citizens and media representatives – are invited to take part in the initiative and make the city a stage for European democracy. 

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Online Round Table (from left to right / top to bottom): Jürgen Czernohorszky, Executive City Councillor of Vienna, Austria; Aleksandra Dulkiewicz, Mayor of Gdansk, Poland; Hermano Sanches Ruivo, Deputy Mayor for European Affairs, Paris, France; Rafał Trzaskowski, Mayor of Warsaw, Poland; Gergely Karácsony, Lord Mayor of Budapest, Hungary; Dubravka Šuica, Vice-President for Democracy and Demography, European Commission; Helfried Carl, Co-Founder of ECoD and Managing Partner at The Innovation in Politics Institute; Kostas Bakoyannis, Mayor of Athens, Greece; Zdeněk Hřib, Lord Mayor of Prague, Czech Republic; Matúš Vallo, Mayor of Bratislava, Slovakia; Uta Zeuge-Buberl, Editor at The Innovation in Politics Institute