Open Call for Proposals under Civil Society Facility 2015
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.
PRIORITIES FOR 2016-2020
Strand 1 – European remembrance
1.1 Commemorations of major historical turning points in recent European history
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
The Programme is implemented through two Strands:
Strand 1: EUROPEAN REMEMBRANCE
This strand supports activities inviting reflection on European cultural diversity and on common values. It aims to finance projects reflecting on causes of 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. This strand also concerns other defining moments and reference points in recent European history. Preference will be given to projects encouraging tolerance, mutual understanding, intercultural dialogue and reconciliation.
Strand 2: DEMOCRATIC ENGAGEMENT AND CIVIC PARTICIPATION
The strand includes three specific measures:
Town twinning – supporting projects bringing together citizens from twinned towns. By mobilising citizens at local and EU levels to debate on concrete issues from the European political agenda, this measure will seek to promote civic participation in the EU policy making process and develop opportunities for societal engagement and volunteering at EU level.
Networks of towns – providing funding to municipalities and associations working together on a common theme in a long term perspective, and wishing to develop networks of towns to make their cooperation more sustainable.
Civil society projects – supporting projects gathering citizens in activities directly linked to EU policies, providing an opportunity for direct participation in the policy making process. Funded activities may include: promotion of societal engagement and solidarity, gathering of opinions, volunteering.
OPERATING GRANTS support the permanent, usual and regular activities of organisations, with European outreach, contributing to the objectives of the programme, raising awareness of European remembrance or encouraging democratic and and civic participation.
18. January 2019. - opening date
02. September 2019. - deadline for submitting project proposalsLink
20. December 2018. - opening date
01. March 2019. - deadline for submitting project proposalsLink