185,468,000 euros
Duration of the program:
01. January 2014 – December 31, 2020
Additional information:

The European Union program in the field of understanding the European Union, its history and diversity and active citizenship

Jovana Kontić
El. mail:

Čarna Sokanović
El. mail:

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

The Programme is implemented through two Strands:


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.


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.

  • EU member states
  • EU candidate and potential candidate countries: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, FYR Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia
  • Serbia fully participates in all parts of the programme.

  • Associations;
  • Association networks;
  • Educational institutions and research institutes;
  • Local and regional authorities;
  • European networks and umbrella organisations;
  • European public policy research organisation (think-tanks);
  • Civil society organisations;
  • Youth organisations;
  • NGOs;
  • Trade Unions, etc.

Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA)

Contact information can be found at the following link:

Serbian Government
The Office for Cooperation with Civil Society

Palace of Serbia - east entrance
Bulevar Mihajla Pupina 2, 11070 Belgrade, Serbia

EU invitations


01. September 2020. - deadline for submitting project proposals


01. September 2020. - deadline for submitting project proposals


01. September 2020. - deadline for submitting project proposals


03. March 2020. - deadline for submitting project proposals


04. February 2020. - deadline for submitting project proposals