European mayors to launch ”European Capital of Democracy” initiative


This Friday, 18 September, mayors from various European countries will launch the Europe-wide initiative ”European Capital of Democracy” in Vienna.

By launching the ”European Capital of Democracy Initiative”, mayors and international organisations want to make a real contribution to strengthening democracy in Europe.

From 2021 onwards, each year one city will be awarded the title and thereby implement a comprehensive programme to strengthen democracy.

Furthermore, international organisations will be invited to contribute by implementing activities in the respective city – international conferences, cultural festivals, educational programmes, summer camps for young citizens and much more.

The initiative was founded by the Innovation in Politics Institute together with international partners.

Who are the participants at the online launch Round Tables

  • Dubravka Šuica, Vice-President for Democracy and Demography, European Commission;
  • Kostas Bakoyannis, Mayor of Athens, Greece;
  • Jürgen Czernohorszky, Executive City Councillor for Education, Integration, Youth and Personnel of Vienna, Austria;
  • Aleksandra Dulkiewicz, Mayor of Gdansk, Poland;
  • Yordanka Fandakova, Mayor of Sofia, Bulgaria;
  • Peter Feldmann, Lord Mayor of Frankfurt am Main, Germany;
  • Zdeněk Hřib, Lord Mayor of Prague, Czech Republic;
  • Gergely Karácsony, Lord Mayor of Budapest, Hungary;
  • Hermano Sanches Ruivo, Deputy Mayor for European Affairs, Paris, France;
  • Rafał Trzaskowski, Mayor of Warsaw, Poland;
  • Matúš Vallo, Mayor of Bratislava, Slovakia;
  • Erion Veliaj, Mayor of Tirana, Albania.
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