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Within a set of initiatives aimed at stimulating a wide-ranging public debate at national and European level the Commission has decided to provide financial assistance to the organisation and funding of events using culture as a vehicle in order to promote a better understanding of the role and the actions of the EU and their impact in the Member States.
The Commission offers financial support to encourage the organisation of pan-European communication initiatives aimed at stimulating debates on key EU issues. The proposed communication events must take place in at least two of the Member States holding the Presidency of the Council during the period from January 2009 until end of 2010 and during the period in which they effectively exercise the Presidency. These cultural events will lead to debates and communication activities on the role of the EU and its major achievements in one or several of the following priority domains of action: energy, climate change, migration and intercultural dialogue.
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On 2 April 2008, the Commission adopted a Communication to the Council, the European Parliament, the European Economic and Social Committee and the Committee of the Regions entitled "Debate Europe - Building on the Experience of Plan D for Democracy, Dialogue and Debate". It noted that the first phase of Plan D focused on the "debate and dialogue" part of the process. The next phase of Plan D will take this process one step further and focus on "D for democracy", further enabling citizens to articulate their wishes directly to decision-makers and making better use of the media in the process. This new phase has been named "Debate Europe".
Drawing on this experience, the Commission, through its Representations in EU Member States, will offer grants in some Member State for civil society initiatives focusing on "Debate Europe" priority issues. These are:
The Commission wishes to help fund national and regional initiatives by civil society organisations to:
Such a financial assistance is provided through the call for proposal launched by the Representations of the Commission, as mentioned below:
Through its decision C(2008) 3938 of 29 July 2008, the Commission adopted by anticipation the 2009 work programme of DG Communication regarding grants for financing the host structures of Europe Direct information centres across the European Union
On this basis, the European Commission Representations have launched their national calls for proposals to select the host structures of the Europe Direct information centres for the period 2009-2012. Guidelines for applicants and the relevant documentation are available on the Representations' websites: