The EU's strength is the diversity and potential of its nearly 500 million inhabitants. The Europe for citizens programme helps promote understanding between the Union and its citizens, seeks to deepen awareness of what it means to be a European, and assists in developing a sense of European identity.
The Europe for citizens programme (2007-2013) aims to give the citizen a key role in the development of the European Union: promoting Europe’s common values and history, fostering a sense of ownership of the EU project among citizens, and developing ideas and activities with a European angle.
Europe for Citizens will focus on four key action areas:
NGOs and civil society organisations
Volunteer networks and organisations active in the field of voluntary work
Municipalities and town twinning committees (specific to action 1)
Associations of survivors, associations of families of victims, memorials, museums (specific to action 4)
DECISION No 1904/2006/EC OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND OF THE COUNCIL of 12 December 2006 establishing for the period 2007 to 2013 the programme ‘Europe for citizens’ to promote active European citizenship