"Winning the title of European Youth Capital 2012 will be an opportunity to promote, internally and externally, the historical development, cultural, and the attractiveness of the city, at various levels, taking advantage of this visibility to mobilize resources and efforts to improve the support structure for young people and create opportunities for the future, promoting improvements in the quality of life."
It is therefore responsible for the establishment of a set of landmarks in youth policies at national, European and world levels.
In 1998, Braga hosted the 3rd edition of United Nation’s World Youth Forum, which brought together representatives of youth NGOs, the UN and other intergovernmental organizations worldwide to promote Youth Policy and Participation for Human Development. This resulted in the Plan of Action for Youth of Braga.
Concerning youth, the city of Braga is unique, with different structures and support services to the youth movement, as the Portuguese Youth Institute, the Federation of Youth Associations of the District of Braga, the Municipal Youth Council and also the National Agency for the Management of the Youth in Action.
In 2009, the 11th National Youth Meeting was held in Braga, with the theme "Action for the transformation: the future is in your hands," organized by the National Youth Council.
In 2011 we hosted the Council of Members of the European Youth Forum and the Conference "A Europe for New Generations", the latter in partnership with the CNJ (National Youth Council).
The title of European Youth Capital is, in addition to the recognition of its history and its present, a strong contribution to the affirmation of Braga, a city of European youth as a path for the qualification, sustainability and growth, with we hope to go far beyond 2012.
Moreover, the GeNeRation project was born from the opportunity and impact from the application of the Youth Branch of the city of Braga to host an European Youth Capital.
This investment reflects the various aspects of the project Braga 2012: European Youth Capital as a contribution to the strengthening of areas such as youth employment, entrepreneurship, creativity and innovation, non-formal education, promoting participation, volunteering and structured dialogue, fostering new social practices and ways of understanding and building society.
The European Youth Capital (CEJ) is an annual title awarded by the European Youth Forum to a European city. During this year, the city will have the opportunity to display all sorts of cultural developments, and also social, political and economic affairs related to young people.
The Council of Members of the European Youth Forum (EYF), meeting in Brussels, established the European Youth Capitals in November 2007 with the appointment of Rotterdam (Netherlands) in 2009. It has also established an application process for the ECJ in 2010, whose winning city was Turin (Italy), and then 2011 Antwerp (Belgium), 2012 was won by the city of Braga (Portugal), 2013 Maribor (Slovenia) and in 2014 Thessaloniki (Greece).
Since 2008, the ECJ has been attributed to municipalities that are distinguished by their inclusion programs and youth empowerment capacity, encouraging the implementation of new ideas and innovative projects that seek active participation of young people to serve as an example for development in other European cities.
The first corresponds to the Integral Development of Young, investing in their skills, giving them more tools to address the labor market. Innovation, Entrepreneurship, Employment, Education and Creative Industries are the keywords for this area of programming.
The second represents the Youth Reflection on the future of cities on their Quality of Life and Social Inclusion. It focuses on today's urban life and its challenges, especially related to sustainable development (social, economic and environmental). This program recognizes the need to encourage new practices in the life of the societies of the future, inviting young people to participate in their discussions and implementation. We invite you to experience the city more intensely and more healthily.
The third corresponds to the European and international dimension of the event. It integrates issues related to multiculturalism, the Heritage, the European Youth Policy, the mobility of young people, the Non-Formal Education, etc..
We will have our youth in mind, being participatory and committed to building an energetic, cosmopolitan city, so that in the future we can continue to maintain an attractive quality of life.