‘Europe for Citizens’ Programme is an EU initiative supporting projects developed by civil society organisations and local authorities, as well as other organisations and institutions active in the field of civil society, democratic engagement and European remembrance.
Under the overall aim of bringing the Union closer to citizens the general objectives are:
to contribute to citizens' understanding of the Union, its history and diversity;
to foster European citizenship and to improve conditions for civic and democratic participation at Union level.
Specific objectives shall be pursued on a transnational level or with a European dimension:
raise awareness of remembrance, common history and values and the Union's aim that is to promote peace, its values and the well-being of its peoples by stimulating debate, reflection and development of networks;
encourage democratic and civic participation of citizens at Union level, by developing citizens' understanding of the Union policy making-process and promoting opportunities for societal and intercultural engagement and volunteering at Union level.
‘Europe for Citizens’ Programme is implemented through two Strands and a horizontal Action:
Strand 1: European remembrance: Raise awareness of remembrance, common history and values and the Union's aim.
Strand 2: Democratic engagement and civic participation: Encourage democratic and civic participation of citizens at Union level.
Measures in this strand are:
Networks of Towns
Civil Society Projects
Horizontal Action: Valorisation: Analysis, dissemination and use of project results.
Another form of support offered to organisations and institutions within ‘Europe for Citizens’ Programme are operating grants that provide financial support for costs required for the proper conduct of the usual and permanent activities of an organisation.
The Programme has an overall budget of 185 468 000 euro for the seven years (2014-2020).