Migration and Home Affairs

Europe for Citizens Programme

The aim of the Europe for Citizens Programme is to contribute to citizens' understanding of the EU, its history and diversity and foster European citizenship and improve conditions for civic and democratic participation at EU level.

The projects will:

  • Raise awareness of remembrance, the common history and values of the EU and the EU's aim - namely to promote peace, the values of the EU and the well-being of its peoples.
  • Encourage the democratic and civic participation of citizens at EU level, by developing their understanding of the EU policy making-process, and stimulate interest and involvement in EU policy making.

Two supported activities

European remembrance - the EU as a peace project

The programme supports initiatives which reflect on the causes of the totalitarian regimes that blighted Europe's modern history, look at its other defining moments and reference points, and consider different historical perspectives.

Priorities for 2016:  

  • Commemorations of major historical turning points in recent European history
  • Civil society and civic participation under totalitarian regimes
  • Ostracism and loss of citizenship under totalitarian regimes: drawing the lessons for today
  • Democratic transition and accession to the European Union


Democratic engagement & civic participation - getting citizens involved

  • Town twinning 
    Projects will bring together citizens from twinned towns to debate issues from the European political agenda. They will develop opportunities for societal engagement and volunteering at EU level.
  • Networks of towns 
    Towns are encouraged to cooperate with other towns on a long term basis to explore particular topics or themes, share resources or interests, gain influence or face common challenges.
  • Civil society projects 
    These projects give citizens an opportunity to participate concretely in the EU policy-making process. They stimulate debates to propose practical solutions through cooperation at European level.

Priorities for 2017:

  • Challenging Euroscepticism and fostering informed debate
  • Solidarity in times of crisis
  • Combatting stigmatisation of "migrants" and building counter narratives to foster intercultural dialogue and mutual understanding
  • Debate on the future of Europe

Operating grants

In addition, the European Commission supports European public policy research organisations (think tanks) and civil society organisations with European outreach.

Applications for funding

The funding of the Europe for Citizens Programme is managed by EACEA, the Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency. For information about applications, see EACEA’s Europe for Citizens website.

You can also contact the Europe for Citizens Point in your country for information in your language