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

Deadline

Improve the inclusion of mobile EU citizens and their political and societal participation

The aim is to support Member states’ efforts to address the challenges arising from the intra-EU mobility whilst promoting and facilitating the effective exercise of the free movement rights by EU citizens.  Some of the eligible activities are:

-  inclusion policies that do not focus on one profile of the EU mobile citizens, but rather on different needs;
- ways of fostering and supporting engagement in public debates and participating in local and EU elections;
- toolkits for the newly arriving EU mobile citizens, such as in helping them to settle, find a job;
- dissemination of practical information and advice on the rights such as voting rights.

It is expected that from this call, some of the results will: cooperation and exchange of information between authorities , improve knowledge on the legislation and administrative practices, and improvement in the information provided to support the participation of EU citizens in the political and social life of their host communities.

Public entities or private organisations

June 29, 2017

Capacity-building in the area of rights of the child

Projects can be national or transnational, and need to involve at least two organisations. Projects shall support capacity building of professionals working for and with children in rights of the child and child protection.

 Project activities shall focus on putting in place robust national or regional mechanisms to support children ageing out of/leaving alternative care and they should encompass a strong child participation component (in project conception, design and implementation: agency, empowerment and resilience of children/the child’s right to be heard/children’s involvement in reviewing service delivery).

Project activities may include:
• mutual learning, exchange of good practices, cooperation;
• design and implementation of protocols, development of working methods which may be transferable to other regions or countries;
• capacity-building and training for professionals;

Public or Private legal entities, or international organisations

June 29, 2017

Monitor, prevent and counter hate speech online

This call aims at supporting projects in the field of countering hate speech online, including projects aimed at contributing to better understand, monitor, prevent and counter hate speech online. The call will support priorities aimed at the: understanding and countering hate speech online on social platforms; building capacity of civil society; developing of online balance narratives and promoting the development of critical thinking by Internet users; tackling online hate speech against journalists.

Some of the funded activities under this call are: studies analysing the spreading of racists and xenophobic hate speech; development of web tools countering hate speech online and supporting data collection; dissemination and awareness raising activities; exchange of best practices; capacity building and training activities.

From this call, amongst few, it is expected that there will be more cooperation between national authorities, civil society organisations and internet companies; increase awareness of the general public; curbing the increasing trends of illegal hate speech over the internet.

Legal public or private entities

June 29, 2017

Support national or transnational projects on non-discrimination and Roma integration

This call will aim to co-fund national or transnational projects tackling at least one of the following grounds of discrimination of Art. 19 TFEU: racial or ethnic origin, religion or belief, disability, age or sexual orientation.

This call will fund activities on:

- data collection and survey; monitoring the implementation of non-discrimination legislation;

- training of professionals;

- mutual learning, exchange of good practices, cooperation, including identifying best practices which may be transferable to other participating countries;

- dissemination and awareness raising activities (including at local level), such as seminars, conferences, campaigns or social media and press activities.

Private, Public and international legal entities

September 9, 2017

Prevent and combat racism, xenophobia and other forms of intolerance

The aim of this call contributes to prevent and combat racism, xenophobia and other forms of intolerance. The project shall focus on preventing and combating: anti-Semitism; xenophobia and anti-migrant hatred; anti-Muslin hatred and intolerance; other forms of intolerance such as homophobia, transphobia, anti-gypsyism, Afrophobia, and hate crimes against persons with disabilities.

The call will fund activities on:
mutual learning and exchange of best practices between Member states;
development of tools and practices to improve better to responses such as practical toolkits, educational material and training amongst few;
supporting the victims of such hate crime;
strengthening in cooperation between the key actors;
capacity building and training activities; increase in better relationships between communities such as the development/establishment of networks and spaces for dialogues; dissemination and awareness raising activities to break down any stereotype. 

From this call, it is expected that there will be an increase capacity of the key players to address the above mentioned issues; better cooperation and exchange of information in preventing these hate crimes; improve the support to the victims; more awareness to the general public on the impact of the hate crimes and better understanding between the communities; curbing manifestations of hate crimes.

Public or private legal entities

November 7, 2017

Restricted call for proposals for public authorities on preventing and combating racism, xenophobia and other forms of intolerance, and in particular hate crime and hate speech

This restricted call aimed to assist the Member states’ authorities in developing tools and practices to effectively prevent racism, xenophobia, other forms of intolerance such as hate crime and hate speech.

Support under this call is for projects focusing on:
• the improving the effective investigation, prosecution and on ensuring adequate sentencing;
• addressing the underreporting and ensuring support for the victims;
• improving the methodologies for recording and collecting data on hate crime; and
• developing strategies to prevent and combat racism, xenophobia and other forms of intolerance.

Some of the activities that will be funded under this call are: mutual learning and exchange of best practices amongst Member States; development of tools and practices to improve better responses to this phenomenon; support to the hate crime and hate speech victims’ and addressing the notion of the underreporting; capacity building and training activities; and better cooperation/ coordination between key actors.

From this call, it is expected that the outcome will be: an increase capacity of competent public authorities to effectively investigate, prosecute and sentence the hate crime/ hate speech cases;  improve knowledge/ awareness of competent public authorities of the impact of racism, xenophobia and other forms of intolerance including hate speech/ hate crime; better methodologies on the  data and statistics collection on hate crime across Europe; strengthening cooperation and exchange of information between national authorities and other key actors; development and implementation of comprehensive strategies to combat and prevent these crimes; improve the support to the victims and  curbing manifestations of hate crimes.

Lead Applicant: Public authorities; Private entities may be partners

November 7, 2017