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 2015: In the context of the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II, priority will be given to projects that focus on :
- World War II and the associated rise of intolerance that enabled crimes against humanity ;
- The consequences of World War II for the post-war architecture of Europe : its division and the Cold war on the one hand, and the beginning of the European integration process following the Schuman Declaration in 1950 on the other hand.
Democratic engagement & civic participation- getting citizens involved
1. Town twinning
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.
2. 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.
3. 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 2015:
Debating on the future of Europe : In the current debate on the European Union in times of the economic crisis and following the European elections of May 2014, there is a need to deepen further the discussion on the future of Europe on what kind of Europe citizens want, also stimulating new forms of civic participation whilst reinforcing those existing. This debate should be based on lessons learned from history and consider in particular the concrete achievements of the European Union. Such debate should not be limited to citizens already supporting the idea of the European Union, but reach out to citizens who have not been involved so far, or who reject the Union outright or put in question its achievements.
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 websitefor 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