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Migration and Home Affairs; Europe for Citizens programme
Contributions are sought from individuals, programme stakeholders, public authorities, civil society, beneficiaries and non-successful applicants based in EU Member States or participating countries (Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia.
The Commission would in particular like to encourage members of the following target groups to participate:
From 09.01.2017 to 10.04.2017
The aim of this consultation is to collect views and opinions on the results and impacts of activities and projects co-financed by the Europe for Citizens programme between 2014 and 2016 and to assess their relevance, effectiveness, efficiency, coherence and EU added value.
The Europe for Citizens programme was established by Council Regulation (EU) N° 390/2014 of 14 April 2014 for the period 2014-2020. It contributes to citizens' understanding of the Union, its history and diversity, and aims to foster European citizenship and improve conditions for civic and democratic participation at Union level.
This programme is divided into two strands: "European remembrance" and "Democratic engagement and civic participation". It supports a wide range of activities and organisations promoting active European citizenship through the involvement of individual citizens (those already active within organisations or institutions, but also those who are not yet engaged). It also supports civil society organisations pursuing an aim of European general interest, municipalities (town twinning and networks of towns), as well as projects initiated by civil society organisations and projects in the area of European remembrance. These projects and activities aim at promoting EU common values, knowledge of Europe’s shared history, responsible and democratic civic participation of citizens and feeling of common belonging.
This public consultation is part of a process to evaluate the results achieved by the actions implemented through the Europe for Citizens programme and aims at offering to citizens and stakeholders the opportunity to share their views, ideas and analysis. . It should also provide further reflection on how the programme can have a wider impact in the coming years, also in relation to other projects for citizens of the EU.
The Commission will present the results of the interim evaluation in a report to be submitted to the European Parliament, the Council, the European Economic and Social Committee and the Committee of the Regions by the end of 2017. These results will in particular be used to improve the implementation of the current Europe for Citizens programme. They will also feed into a communication to be presented by the Commission in 2018 on the continuation of the programme after 2020.
You can contribute to this public consultation by filling out the online questionnaire. You may find it useful to refer to the background document and to the roadmap which are published alongside this consultation.
As part of the European Transparency Initiative, the Commission asks organisations who wish to participate in public consultations to provide the Commission and the public with information about whom and what they represent, their objectives, funding and structures, by registering in the Transparency Register and subscribing to its Code of Conduct.
If an organisation decides not to provide this information, it is the Commission's stated policy to list the contribution as part of the individual contributions (Consultation Standards, see COM (2002) 704, and Communication on ETI Follow-up, see COM (2007) 127 of 21/03/2007). These replies will be published separately.
The contributions to this public consultation will be published on Internet, unless you provide a substantial justification for your opposition to the publication of your contribution. It is important to read the specific privacy statement of this consultation for information on how your personal data and contribution will be dealt with.
Replies may be submitted in any EU official language. Given possible delays in translating comments submitted in some languages, contributions in English are welcome, as they will help the Commission to process the survey more swiftly.
The results of the public consultation will be taken into consideration for the preparation of the Commission mid-term evaluation report on the Europe for Citizens programme 2014-2020. Explanations about how the contributions have been taken into account will be given in the same document.