Amongst the four cities shortlisted (Goes/NL, Derry-Londonderry/UK, Karlstad/S), Maribor especially caught the jury's attention for its cooperation with and strong support of stakeholders from the local to the European level and a very diverse programme including a variety of activities addressing challenges that young people all over Europe face. The application presented the most detailed breakdown of budget provisions, the clearest team and governing structures.

The European Youth Capital 2013 award is an initiative of the European Youth Forum. The title is granted to a European city for a period of one year, during which it is given the chance to showcase its youth-related cultural, social, political and economic life and development. The current European Youth Capital 2010 is Torino (Italy), and Antwerp (Belgium) will be the European Youth Capital 2011.

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