Klaipeda ran for the European Youth Capital title and made it to the finals twice in a row. Finally, we were announced as the EYC2021 during the awards ceremony in Novi Sad (Serbia). Our call to #chooseklaipeda was heard and we were given an opportunity to bring youth from all over Europe together.

We see the EYC title as a platform to recreate ourselves, empower young people, boost youth participation and strengthen European identity.

In 2021 Lithuania will also celebrate the 25th anniversary of youth policy, therefore, we want to celebrate it together with the whole Europe!

#chooseklaipeda | rinkis Klaipėdą

Posted by Klaipeda – European Youth Capital 2021 on 2018 m. spalio 23 d., antradienis


The European Youth Capital initiative had started over 10 years ago. The contest is organized by the European Youth Forum.

Novi Sad (Serbia) holds the title in 2019 and will be followed by Amiens (France) in 2020.

More about the EYC – https://www.youthforum.org/youthcapital.


Klaipeda’s youth, youth organizations and Klaipeda City Municipality united for the common goal to empower youth. The application process involved over 500 young people, who shared their thoughts, insights and hopes, who brought #chooseklaipeda to life and transformed it into a movement of young people. We had launched #chooseklaipeda ambassadors as a pilot project to get young individuals involved in developing youth policy and youth participation.

Over 30 international, national, regional and local organizations, the Youthful Cities Commission of the Union of the Baltic Cities (UBC) that unites more than 100 cities, the Youth Board of the Baltic Sea States Subregional Co-operation (BSSSC) as well as the Youth Board of the Euroregion Baltic (ERB) expressed their support for our aspiration to bring EYC values to the Baltic Sea region and Northern Europe for the first time in the history of EYC.

#chooseklaipeda #EYC2021

It’s been a long journey with highs and lows. But we did it together, we made it to the finals twice in a row and finally brought the European Youth Capital 2021 title back to Klaipeda!!! We can’t describe how happy we are that the European Youth Forum and the respected Jury heard our invitation to #chooseklaipeda, believed in us and gave us a chance to welcome youth from all over the Europe in the upcoming years! We are still soooo overwhelmed with joy and want to say huge thanks to every single one of you, who shared your thoughts, insights, hopes and aspirations, who brought #chooseklaipeda to life and grown it into a movement of young people. Thanks to everyone, who supported #chooseklaipeda and especially to those of you who didn’t believe in us – you are the ones who made us grow stronger and make our voice heard! Thank you from the bottom of our hearts to everyone, who were the core of #chooseklaipeda, who supported Klaipeda’s youth during these 2 years: ✔️ For uniting for the common goal to empower youth and reveal Klaipeda’s youth potential – Klaipėdos miesto savivaldybė, Klaipėdos miesto jaunimo reikalų koordinatorius, Klaipėdos jaunimo organizacijų asociacija "Apskritasis stalas", Klaipėdos jaunimo reikalų taryba, all Klaipeda‘s youth organizations, all #chooseklaipeda ambassadors, VšĮ „Amicus Certus“ and the Mayor of Klaipeda Vytautas Grubliauskas for all that jazz we created in Brussels 💜. ✔️ All international, national, regional and local organizations that expressed their support for our aspiration to bring European Youth Capital values to the Baltic region and Northern Europe for the first time in the history of EYC – Lithuanian Youth Council LiJOT, Jaunimo Reikalų Departamentas, Agency of International Youth Cooperation Veiklus jaunimas (JTBA), National LGBT Rights Organization LGL, Klaipėdos regiono savivaldybių asociacija, Euroregion Baltic – ERB, Baltic Sea States Subregional Co-operation BSSSC, International Rotaract Club of Klaipeda, Pamario tuntas, Lietuvos verslo kolegijos Studentų atstovybė (LTVK SA), Klaipėdos universiteto studentų sąjunga – KUSS, association “Klaipėdos žalieji”, Lietuvos Raudonojo Kryžiaus draugija Klaipėdos skyrius, LAJM Studentų Atstovybė, Klaipėdos valstybinės kolegijos Studentų atstovybė (KVK SA), Klaipėdos "Senamiesčio" Rotaract klubas, Klaipėdos Interact klubas ,, Į Žvaigždes ", KLKJO "Klaipėdos kurčiųjų jaunimo organizacija", Jaunųjų konservatorių lyga, LMS Klaipėdos mokinių savivaldų informavimo centras (MSIC), Lietuvos studentų sąjunga – LSS, Nacionalinė jaunimo reikalų koordinatorių asociacija, Qtime, Ideju pakrante, Taško teatras, Lietuvos jaunimo darbuotojų asociacija, Estonian Youth Council Eesti Noorteühenduste Liit (ENL), Norwegian Children and Youth Council Landsrådet for Norges barne- og ungdomsorganisasjoner (LNU), National Council of Swedish Youth Organisations LSU – Sveriges Ungdomsorganisationer, Apeirono Teatras 🙏❤️.✔️ To our friends in the EYC2021 final – Chișinău 2021, Greater Nicosia 2021 – for European Youth Capital, Varaždin for European Youth Capital 2021 and Ярославль – Молодежная Столица Европы – we all did a magnificent job empowering our youth and we all deserved to stand proud on the awards scene 💛. We were given a chance and we’ll do everything possible to make you believe it was worth it 🤗🙌!!!#chooseklaipeda #EYC2021

Posted by Klaipeda – European Youth Capital 2021 on 2018 m. lapkričio 25 d., sekmadienis


Key challenges identified by Klaipeda’s youth:

  • Decreasing population, ageing city;
  • Selective solidarity while engaging youth in policy framing;
  • Low social and civic participation;
  • Lost identity, relationship with the city;
  • Lack of proper environment for entrepreneurship and creativity;
  • Boring and unattractive city;
  • Avoidance of “taboo” people and topics.

Klaipeda – the city of revealed youth potential: an open, cooperative, youth friendliest city in the Baltic Sea Region.


#chooseklaipeda programme is developed in 3 key directions and is built on 9 platforms. Each platform is dedicated to tackle a significant problem and overcome the challenges identified by youth.

We invite youth organizations, young individuals to take a fair share in implementing the EYC programme.

Klaipeda – EYC2021 will offer over 200 capacity building activities, engage young people in organizing around 400 events, build over 70 long-term partnerships with local, national and international organizations, expand our pool of volunteers to 1000.


Social and political activity of youth

  • Dialogues. Platform, based on assurance of youth social and civic rights
  • Solidarity. Promotion of volunteering, a platform for sustainable development and humanitarian aid

Youth-oriented creativity and entrepreneurship environment

  • Leadership. Youth entrepreneurship platform
  • Out of the box. Youth creativity platform

Open, attractive and youth-friendly city

  • Spaces. Platform for development of safe, open spaces
  • North-South. Platform of youth events and community inclusion
  • Colours. Environment to open up, become mature
Horizontal platforms
  • Connections. Platform for local, national, regional and international cooperation in youth policies
  • Potential. Capacity building and programme development platform

For the full Klaipeda – EYC2021 application and more details on #chooseklaipeda programme click here.