The aim of this programme is to:
• Contribute to citizens' understanding of the EU, its history and diversity.
• Foster European citizenship and improve conditions for civic and democratic participation at EU level.
The financed projects will:
• Raise awareness of remembrance, the common history and values of the EU and the EU's aim - namely to promote peace, the values of the EU and the well-being of its peoples.
• Encourage the democratic and civic participation of citizens at EU level, by developing their understanding of the EU policy making-process, and stimulate interest and involvement in EU policy making.
European remembrance - the EU as a peace project
The programme supports 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.
Priorities for 2014: 100th anniversary of the start of World War I; 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall; 10th anniversary of the arrival of central and eastern European countries and the Baltic states as EU members.
Democratic engagement & civic participation - getting citizens involved
Projects will bring together citizens from twinned towns to debate issues from the European political agenda. They will develop opportunities for societal engagement and volunteering at EU level.
Networks of towns
Towns are encouraged to cooperate with other towns on a long‑term basis to explore particular topics or themes, share resources or interests, gain influence or face common challenges.
Civil society projects
These projects give citizens an opportunity to participate concretely in the EU policy-making process. They stimulate debates to propose practical solutions through cooperation at European level.
Priorities for 2014: Priority will be given to projects dealing with citizens' participation in the democratic life of the EU, ranging from local democracy to the empowerment of citizens to play a full part in EU policy.
In addition, the European Commission supports European public‑policy research organisations (think tanks) and civil society organisations with European outreach.
The European Commission maintains a continuous and structured debate with key partners.
Europe for Citizens is implemented by the Executive Agency for Education, Audiovisual and Culture (EACEA).
The European Commission supervises the EACEA's work and is responsible for all tasks implying political choices - notably defining strategies and priorities for action. The Commission shares good practices and results.
Visit the EACEA website for information on how to apply for funding and the conditions and procedures for the selection of beneficiaries. For more information, contact the Europe for Citizens Point in your country.
"Europe for Citizens" programme guide 2014-2020 in all EU languages