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These concerns were integrated into the design of the Daphne Initiative, announced just after the Hearing and which was launched in May 1997. Logically attached to the Commission’s services in charge of Justice and Home Affairs and Fundamental Rights, this one-year funding line of 3 million ecus would be used to support modest projects (up to 100,000 ecus in the first year) that would bring together NGOs from at least two Member States to cooperate in research, data collection and analysis, good practice identification and sharing, training, exchange and networking, awareness raising and information campaigns, direct action to support victims of violence, and the production of tools for policy and practice, such as guidelines and protocols. The Daphne Initiative was open to all Member States, and NGOs submitting projects were additionally encouraged to find partners among research institutes, law enforcement bodies, public authorities, schools and training establishments, the media and other sectors whose cooperation might be vital in combating violence.
In early anticipation of the planned European Campaign against Violence against Women in 1999, and recognizing the links between violence against women and violence against children and young people, the Daphne Initiative aimed to promote actions to combat not only violence against children but also against young people and women.
The one-year Daphne Initiative of 1997 struck a chord with NGOs and response to the two calls for proposals (the first in May and the second in September) was high. As a result, funding for the Initiative was renewed in 1998 and increased to 5 million ecus. When the budget line was renewed for a third time in 1999, with a modest increase in project funding to a maximum of 125,000 Euros, it was with a view to continuing action while a legal base was identified and processes were completed for a multi-annual programme to be launched in 2000.