Scientific and Research Association for Art, Cultural and Educational Programmes and Technology EPEKA, Social Enterprise, was founded in 2008. EPEKA was founded as an initiative to connect creators of cultural, artistic, educational, scientific and technological content for the European Capital of Culture 2012 project. One year later, EPEKA proposed the Municipality of Maribor to submit candidacy for the European Youth Capital title. Consequently, Maribor became the European Youth Capital in 2013.
We continue our activity in the field of EU citizenship, EU values and intercultural dialogue.
EPEKA also has branches abroad: EPEKA Czech Republic, EPEKA Austria, EPEKA Serbia, EPEKA Turkey and an informal group of youth EPEKA Armenia. We also have an affiliate branch in Ljubljana.
EPEKA Association, Soc. Ent., is an association of public interest in the field of culture and an association of public interest in the field of youth. We are a non-governmental, non-profit organization, and we have been operating by the prionciples of a social enterprise since 2013. In addition to youth activities, we are also active in the field of culture and arts, volunteering, ecology and promotion of intercultural dialogue.
Currently, we are focusing on the international mobility of youth and informal education (acquisition of learning competencies) in the youth field.
This year, we have also established the EPEKA Youth Cooperative Society to support youth business.