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EU programme “Europe for Citizens”

Europe for Citizens (2014-2020) is a European Union programme offering financing for initiatives that strengthen European remembrance and encourage civic participation at the EU level.

Goals of the programme:
– To contribute to citizens’ understanding of the EU, its history and diversity;
– To foster European citizenship and to improve conditions for civic and democratic participation at the EU level;
– To raise awareness of remembrance, common history and values;
– To encourage democratic participation of citizens at the EU level, by developing citizens’ understanding of the EU policy-making process and by promoting opportunities for societal and intercultural engagement and volunteering at the EU level.

What does this programme support?
Strand 1: European remembrance: raising awareness of remembrance, common history and EU values as well as the goals of the EU.
Strand 2: Democratic engagement and civic participation: encouragement of democratic and civic participation at the EU level.
Town twinning agreements
Town twinning networks
Civil society projects
Strands 1 and 2. Structural support for organizations.

Who can submit applications?
Applications can be submitted by legally registered organizations in the public or non-profit sectors.
Detailed guidelines are applicable to both strands.

See the strands European remembrance and Democratic engagement and civic participation.

More information about the programme can be found at www.pilieciams.eu

Priorities of the programme for 2015

The Annual Priorities of the programme for 2015 are:

Strand 1: European remembrance

In the context of the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II, priority will be given to projects that focus on :

– World War II and the associated rise of intolerance that enabled crimes against humanity;

– The consequences of World War II for the post-war architecture of Europe : its division and the Cold war on the one hand, and the beginning of the European integration process following the Schuman Declaration in 1950 on the other hand.

Strand 2: Democratic engagement and civic participation

Debating on the future of Europe : In the current debate on the European Union in times of the economic crisis and following the European elections of May 2014, there is a need to deepen further the discussion on the future of Europe on what kind of Europe citizens want, also stimulating new forms of civic participation whilst reinforcing those existing. This debate should be based on lessons learned from history and consider in particular the concrete achievements of the European Union. Such debate should not be limited to citizens already supporting the idea of the European Union, but reach out to citizens who have not been involved so far, or who reject the Union outright or put in question its achievements.

For further information, visit the EU Citizenship portal