• Budget:

    185.468.000 EUR

  • Duration of the programme:

    01. January 2014. - 31. December 2020.

  • Additional information:

    EU Programme in the field of citizens' understanding of the EU, its history and diversity and active citizenship

    Jovana Kontić

    Čarna Zeljković

General objectives:

  • Contribute to citizens’ understanding of the EU, its history and diversity;
  • Foster European citizenship and improve conditions for civic and democratic participation at EU level.

Specific objectives:

  • 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.

Annual priorities of the "Europe for Citizens" Programme

In line with the general objectives of the Programme, annual priorities are defined by the European Commission after consultation of the Programme Committee. Applicants are encouraged to develop projects in line with the objectives of the Programme and targeting the annual priorities.


Strand 1 – European remembrance


1.1 Commemorations of major historical turning points in recent European history


Eligible commemorations


1936 Beginning of the Spanish Civil War

1956 Political and social mobilisation in central Europe

1991 Beginning of the Yugoslav Wars

1951 Adoption of the United Nations Convention relating to the Status of Refugees in relation with the post WWII refugee situation in Europe


1917 The social and political revolutions, the fall of empires and their impact on Europe's political and historical landscape

1957 The Treaty of Rome and the beginning of European Economic Community


1918 The end of the WWI – the rise of nation states and the failure to create a European cooperation and peaceful coexistence

1938/1939 Beginning of WWII

1948 Beginning of the Cold War

1948 The Hague Congress and the integration of Europe

1968 Protest and civil rights movements, invasion to Czechoslovakia, student protests and anti-Semitic campaign in Poland


1979 European Parliament elections – also 40 years since the first directly elected EP in 1979

1989 Democratic revolutions in Central and Eastern Europe and the fall of the Berlin wall

2004 15 years of EU enlargement into central and Eastern Europe


1950 Robert Schuman Declaration

1990 German reunification

2000 Proclamation of the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights


1.2 Civil society and civic participation under totalitarian regimes
1.3 Ostracism and loss of citizenship under totalitarian regimes: drawing the lessons for today
1.4 Democratic transition and accession to the European Union


Strand 2 – Democratic engagement and civic participation


2.1 Understanding and Debating Euroscepticism
2.2 Solidarity in times of crisis
2.3 Combatting stigmatisation of "immigrants" and building counter narratives to foster intercultural dialogue and mutual understanding
2.4 Debate on the future of Europe

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