Europe for Citizens contributes to citizens’ understanding of the EU, its history and diversity; fosters European citizenship and improves conditions for civic and democratic participation at EU level; raises awareness of remembrance, common history and values; and encourages democratic participation of citizens at EU level, by developing citizens’ understanding of the EU policy making-process and, by promoting opportunities for societal and intercultural engagement and volunteering at EU level.
The Programme consists of two strands:
- European Remembrance: Focuses on Europe 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. Remembering the lessons of the past is a pre-requisite for building a brighter future.
- Democratic engagement and civic participation: Strengthens the general public’s understanding of how EU policies are shaped today. It also fosters the close involvement of civil society in European policy-making. Citizens’ organisations can draw on funding to encourage and develop the responsible, democratic civic engagement of the general public in the processes of European integration.