Europe for Citizens aims to promote active European citizenship with the main scope of bridging the gap between citizens and the European Union through financial instruments that promote active European citizenship. It intends to encourage cooperation between citizens and organisations from different countries and facilitate the development of a sense of belonging to common European ideals and to promote the process of European integration.
The programme aims to address the need for more genuine debates on Union related issues at the local, regional and national levels, which can be translated into a pan-European perspective. It seeks to reach out to the large group of citizens – those who would normally not seek to influence or take part in Union affairs – through a broad set of organisations to take a first step towards involvement, whatever the (Union related) topic or format, as long as it is trans-national or has a European dimension.
The programme shall have the following specific objectives, which shall be implemented through actions on a transnational level or with a clear European dimension:
1. raise awareness on remembrance, the Union's history, identity and aim by stimulating debate, reflection and networking; Progress will be measured against the number of beneficiaries reached directly and indirectly, quality of projects, and percentage of first time applicants.
2. encourage democratic and civic participation of citizens at Union level, by developing citizens' understanding of the Union policy making-process and promoting opportunities for societal engagement and volunteering at Union level. Progress will be measured against the number of beneficiaries reached directly and
indirectly, the perception of the EU and its institutions by the beneficiaries, quality of projects, and percentage of first time applicants.
The Citizenship team of the Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA) manages the implementation of Europe for Citizens (together with the DG Education and Culture). The programme is implemented through two types of grants: grants for projects and grants for the operating budget for NGOs promoting active European Citizenship.
Public procurement contracts will cover the purchase of services, such as for organising events, studies and research, information and dissemination tools, monitoring and evaluation.
The programme may cover joint activities in the field covered by this programme, with relevant international organisations, such as the Council of Europe and UNESCO, on the basis of joint contributions.
In order to implement the programme, the Commission shall adopt annual work programmes by way of implementing acts in accordance with the advisory procedure referred to in Article 9(2). They shall set out the objectives pursued, the expected results, the method of implementation and the total amount of the financing plan. They shall also contain a description of the actions to be financed, an indication of the amount allocated to each action and an indicative implementation timetable. They shall include for grants the priorities, the essential evaluation criteria and the maximum rate of co-financing.
Project proposals are then evaluated on the basis of
The programme shall consist of the following two strands:
The two strands shall be complemented by horizontal actions for analysis, dissemination and exploitation of project results ("Valorisation" actions).
In order to achieve its objectives, the programme shall finance inter alia the following types of actions, implemented on a transnational level or with a clear European dimension:
Legal basis: Council regulation (EU) No 390/2014 establishing the ‘Europe for Citizens’ programme for the period 2014-2020
€ 185,47 million
€ 185,47 million in current prices
Member States of the European Union are eligible to participate fully in all actions of the Programme. The Programme is potentially open to other countries, namely the EFTA countries which are parties to the EEA Agreement, the aceeding, Candidate Countries and potential candidates and countries from the Western Balkans, provided that certain legal and financial obligations are fulfilled. European research institutions, local authorities, policy research organisations (think-tanks), citizens' groups and other civil organisations, educational institutions, which promote active European citizenship, are eligible for funding.
Applicants must have:
Public bodies or non-profit organisations with a legal personality can apply.
The programme is open to the 28 EU Member States, and provided they have signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Commission, to