Today, the Commission is publishing its mid-term evaluation of the Europe for Citizens programme 2014-2020. The evaluation shows that the programme plays an overall positive role in encouraging civic participation and democratic engagement.
Between 2014 and 2016, grants were awarded to support more than 1000 projects in the 33 participating countries. Altogether, 3.3 million citizens were directly involved in activities supported by the programme and a further 3.9 million were indirectly involved (for example as users of online material produced as part of the programme or readers of studies produced by think tanks). The total number of partners participating in each project also increased considerably. In total, more than 2500 organisations were involved, split into approximately 700 remembrance organisations and 1800 civil society organisations.
Europe for Citizens has demonstrated its added value at EU level both in terms of its impact on participants and its complementary role to other EU funding programmes and policy initiatives in the fields of education, culture and EU citizenship. Aspects which have been identified for improvement mostly relate to increasing the programme's visibility, amending the monitoring indicators and strengthening the synergies with other relevant EU funding programmes and initiatives.
The Europe for Citizens Programme 2014-2020 was proposed in 2012 to address a crisis of confidence and limited trust in the EU institutions. It promotes a greater sense of belonging to the European Union and explains the achievements made in European integration. The objectives of the programme are:
The mid-term evaluation is required in the legal act establishing the programme.