Decades of peace, stability and prosperity separate Europe from the outbreak of WWI, the devastation brought by World War II and cold War which separated its East and West. In order to ensure that we learned from the past, to reflect on the present and plot a course for the future, it is important to keep the memory alive.
The legacy of Nazism, Stalinism, Franco regime and other dictatorships Europe experienced in its modern history underscore just how important valuable and at the same time fragile democratic values and civil liberties are. By commemorating the victims, reflecting on the causes of Europe's dark past as well as recalling moments from which we can draw an inspiration such as peaceful civic resistance and democratic revolutions which led to the fall of dictatorships in southern and central Europe, as well as myriad other actions, Europeans – particularly younger generations – can draw lessons for the present and the future.
By remembering the past Europeans can contemplate on the origins and on the history of European integration. Drawing on this, people can then foster a stronger sense of community and belonging together and chart a course towards the kind of Europe in which they wish to live in the future. This is the thinking behind European Remembrance Strand.
Support will be provided to initiatives which reflect on the causes of the totalitarian regimes that blighted Europe's modern history, look at its other defining moments and reference points, and consider different historical perspectives. The projects under this strand are expected to include different types of organisations (local authorities, civil society organisations, research institutes, etc.) or developing different type of activities (research, non-formal education, public debates, exhibitions, etc.) or involving citizens coming from different walks of life. Projects should be implemented on a transnational level (creation and operation of transnational partnerships and networks) or with a clear European dimension.