Rights, Equality and Citizenship Programme

The Rights and Citizenship Programme is the successor of three 2007-2013 programmes, namely Fundamental Rights and Citizenship, Daphne III, and the Sections "Antidiscrimination and Diversity" and "Gender Equality" of the Programme for Employment and Social Solidarity (PROGRESS).

The goal of the Programme is to contribute to the creation of an area, where the rights of persons, as enshrined in the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union and in the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union, are promoted and protected. In particular, this Programme should promote the rights deriving from European citizenship, the principles of non-discrimination and equality between women and men, the right to the protection of personal data, the rights of the child, the rights deriving from the Union consumer legislation and from the freedom to conduct a business in the internal market.

The Programme promotes the effective implementation of the principles of non discrimination on the grounds of sex, racial or ethnic origin, religion or belief, disability, age or sexual orientation, including equality between women and men and the rights of persons with disabilities and of the elderly. It also empowers consumers and businesses to trade and purchase in trust by enforcing the rights deriving from the European Union consumer legislation, and by supporting the freedom to conduct business in the internal market through cross-border transactions.

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Open Calls


Rights, Equality and Citizenship Programme

Name of Call

Description of Call

Eligible Applicants


Restricted call for proposals to address gender gaps over the life-cycle

The aim of the call is to support projects by Member States that analyse existing gender gaps and develop effective measures to tackle them, in particular the gender gap in pensions. The expected impact of the projects is to contribute to reducing the gender gap in pay, earnings and pensions and the higher risk of poverty faced by older women.


The proposal shall provide a detailed profile of the target population and demonstrate the existence of a clear problem and a real need for public intervention in the specific area that the project will cover. It should provide a rigorous description of the activities to be carried out, explaining how these are likely to address the identified need in the countries participating in the proposal and the expected results on the target population. The rationale for project design choices must be clearly explained.

National authority in charge of the policy on equality between women and men / the body responsible for gender equality at national level/ another national authority (only if no application is submitted by the two entities under (i) and (ii), will an application submitted by another national authority be eligible)

February 22, 2018