Alba Iulia, Baia Mare, Galati, Iasi, Ploiesti, Satu Mare and Suceava are competing for the title Youth Capital of Romania 2018.
Currently, the title is owned by Bacau, which will bring forward the title on May 2, 2018, on the National Youth Day. The city which will win the title will receive from the Romanian Commercial Bank (BCR), the co-initiator of the program, an award of EUR 50,000.
The evaluation of the submitted projects is made in two stages, by an independent jury formed of the youth NGO representatives, private environment, youth organizations of political parties and some public institutions. The first stage comprises the evaluation of the candidates and the finalists will be selected in August. Afterwards they will submit the full candidacy until October 15 and finally the winner will be announced on November 12, within the Youth Summit that will take place in Bacau.
The program is coordinated by the Governance of Youth capital from Romania- The Youth Council from Romania, the Youth Federation from Cluj, PONT group and BCR and aims to develop the manner in which the local authorities collaborate with the youth NGOs and private environment to support the urban development on the Romanian young people.
The 2017 edition is carried out under the High Patronage of Romanian president Klaus Iohannis.