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TOPIC : Improve the inclusion of mobile EU citizens and their political and societal participation

Topic identifier: REC-RCIT-CITI-AG-2017
Publication date: 30 March 2017

Types of action: REC-AG REC Action Grant
Opening date:
27 April 2017
Deadline: 29 June 2017 17:00:00

Time Zone : (Brussels time)
  Rights, Equality and Citizenship Programme REC website
Pillar: REC Programme 2014-2020
Work Programme Year: REC-2017
Work Programme Part: REC-2017
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  • 10 April 2018 12:55

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  • 07 June 2017 16:11

    Questions and answers document was added under Additional documents in Topic conditions and documents

Topic Description

1. Priorities and activities to be funded

1.1. Priorities

The aim is to support Member States' efforts to address challenges arising from intra-EU mobility whilst also promoting and facilitating the effective exercise of the free movement rights by EU citizens and their family members. Project activities should foster the successful inclusion and participation of mobile EU citizens and their family members in the host EU country's civic and political life and their participation in the democratic life of the EU, particularly with a view to the 2019 European elections. Action grants will complement the work the Commission is funding in this domain following the publication of the 2017 Citizenship report, and of the work being funded through the European Parliament's pilot projects on e-voting and e-democracy.

1.2. Description of the activities

Development, exchanges and dissemination of best practices amongst national/regional/local authorities and civil society organisations. Support understanding of relevant national/regional/local rules and their interaction with EU citizenship rights. Directly support the participation of mobile EU citizens through information and advice. This could involve in particular (NB. The list is indicative and focusses on the intended outcome of the projects):

  • inclusion policies / best practices which do not solely focus on one profile of EU mobile citizens but take into account both the different needs of these EU citizens as well as the challenges big/smaller cities, are facing when welcoming EU mobile citizens (e.g. housing, schooling, inclusion to the job market, involvement in community decision-making and volunteering etc.) and which promote multiculturalism.

  • ways of fostering and supporting engagement in public debate (including through e.g. access to cross-border political information and facilitation of access to local political information) and participation in local and EU elections, including of young people and EU citizens living in another EU country than their own. This can be achieved through digital, interactive, innovative tools and / or best practices (debates, campaigns, initiatives, information, events, administrative practice etc.).

  • best practices / toolkits for newly arriving EU mobile citizens and their families, including on helping them settle down, find a job/training, participate in democratic life in the local community and create links in/with the local community.

  • dissemination of practical information and advice on what are the rights, including voting rights, and responsibilities of EU mobile citizens in a given country/region/city and assistance in seeing them through.

1.3. Expected results

  • increased capacity of national, regional and local experts to enable and facilitate the participation of mobile EU citizens in their host Member State;

  • increased capacity of national, regional and local experts to promote and welcome EU mobile citizens;

  • strengthened cooperation and exchange of information between competent national, regional and local authorities in relation to enabling mobile EU citizens' participation in the host MS, including in democratic life (e.g. voting and standing as candidates) and challenges related thereto (e.g. eliminating dual voting);

  • improved knowledge on the legislation and administrative practices related to enabling democratic participation for mobile EU citizens;

  • alignment of the administrative practices in relation to the applicable EU rules in different Member States;

  • improvement in the information provided to support the participation of EU citizens in the political and social life of their host communities.

Topic conditions and documents

Please read carefully all provisions below before the preparation of your application.

  1. List of eligible countries
    The Member States (MS) of the European Union (EU), including their overseas departments, and Iceland

  2. Eligibility and admissibility conditions

    2.1 Admissibility requirements are described under point 1 of part C of the Guide for applicants

    2.2 Eligibility of the applicant and of the partners

    Applicants and co-applicants must be public entities or private organisations, duly established in one of the countries participating in the Programme, or international organisations. Organisations which are profit-oriented must submit applications in partnership with public entities or private non-profit organisations.

    2.3 Eligibility of the application

    (a) the application must be transnational and involve organisations from at least two participating countries.
    (b) the EU grant applied for cannot be lower than EUR 75.000.

    The initial duration of the projects should not exceed 24 months.

  3. Selection criteria
    Selection criteria are described under point 4 of part C of the Guide for applicants

  4. Award criteria
    Award criteria are described under point 5 of part C of the Guide for applicants

  5. Provisions, proposal templates and evaluation forms for the type(s) of action(s) under this topic


Additional documents

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  • Call update flash info - call results en
  • Abstracts of selected proposals en

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