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About the Europe for citizens Programme


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 (2014-2020) 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:

Budget 2014-2020

  • EUR 185,5 million

Eligible applicants

NGOs and civil society organisations
Local authorities
Trade unions
Educational institutions
Volunteer networks and organisations active in the field of voluntary work
Sport bodies
Municipalities and town twinning committees (specific to action 1)
Associations of survivors, associations of families of victims, memorials, museums (specific to action 4)

Who implements the Europe for citizens Programme

  • The European Commission: responsible for the management of the programme
  • The Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency: responsible for the implementation of the programme
  • The Member States and other participating countries through the "Programme Committee": consultative role

The "Europe for Citizens Points" (PEC): responsible for ensuring targeted grassroots dissemination of information on the programme.

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 citizenshippdf(157 kB) Choose translations of the previous link 

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