Europe for Citizens

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:

1. 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.

2. 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.

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Open Calls


Europe for Citizens

Name of Call

Description of Call

Eligible Applicants


Town Twinning 2018 - Round 1

This measure aims at supporting projects bringing together a wide range of partner towns in a town twinning event around topics in line with the objectives of the Programme and taking into consideration the multi-annual priorities. Town twinning projects must organise project activities within 21 days (maximum duration of the project).

By mobilising citizens at local and Union levels to debate on concrete issues from the European political agenda, this measure will seek to promote civic participation in the Union policy making process and develop opportunities for societal engagement and volunteering at Union level.

Twinning must be understood in largo sensu, thus referring to the municipalities which signed or are engaged to sign twinning agreements as well as to the municipalities having other forms of
partnerships fostering their cooperation and cultural links.

Towns/municipalities or their twinning committees or other non-profit
organisations representing local authorities.

March 01, 2018
September 01, 2018

Network of Towns 2018 - Round 1

Municipalities and associations working together on a common theme in a long-term perspective may wish to develop networks of towns to make their cooperation more sustainable. Networking between
municipalities on issues of common interest appears to be an important means for enabling the exchange of good practices.

Twinning is a strong link that binds municipalities; therefore, the potential of the networks created by a series of town twinning links should be used for developing thematic and long-lasting cooperation between towns. The European Commission supports the development of such networks, which are important for ensuring structured, intense and multifaceted cooperation, therefore contributing to maximising the impact of the Programme.

Towns/municipalities or their twinning committees or networks;

Other levels of local/regional authorities; Federations/associations of local authorities. Non-profit organisations representing local authorities.

The other organisations involved in the project can
also be non-profit Civil Society Organisations;

March 01, 2018
September 01, 2018

Civil Society Projects 2018

This measure aims at supporting projects promoted by transnational partnerships and networks directly involving citizens. Those projects gather citizens from different horizons, in activities directly linked to Union policies, with a view to give them an opportunity to actively participate in the Union policymaking process in areas related to the objectives of the Programme. As a reminder, this can be achieved at all stages, and with all institutional interlocutors, and includes notably: agenda-setting activities, advocating during the preparation phase and negotiation of policy proposals, providing feedback on relevant initiatives that are implemented. To that end, those projects will invite citizens to act together or debate on the multiannual priority themes of the Programme at local and European level.

Non-profit organisations, including civil society organisations, educational,
cultural or research institutions, other organisations involved in the project can also be public local/regional authorities.

March 01, 2018

European Remembrance 2018

This Strand will support activities that invite to reflection on European cultural diversity and on common values in the broadest sense. In this context, it aims to finance projects reflecting on causes and consequences of authoritarian and totalitarian regimes in Europe's modern history (especially but
not exclusively Nazism that led to the Holocaust, Fascism, Stalinism and totalitarian communist regimes) and to commemorate the victims of their crimes.

The Strand also encompasses activities concerning other defining moments and reference points in recent European history. In particular, it will give preference to actions which encourage tolerance, mutual understanding, intercultural dialogue and reconciliation as a means of moving beyond the past and building the future, in particular with a view to reaching the younger generation.

Moreover, projects should be implemented on a transnational level (creation and operation of transnational partnerships and networks) or with a clear European dimension.

Public local/regional authorities or non -profit organisations, including civil society organisations, survivors' associations, and cultural, youth, educational and research organisations, Preference is given to projects that will clearly reach out the younger generation.

March 01, 2018