This programme aims to strengthen remembrance and enhance capacity for civic participation at the European Union level. The programme contributes by developing citizens’ organisations’ capacity to engage citizens in the democratic life of the EU.
The Annual Priorities of the programme for 2015 are:
Strand 1: European remembrance
In the context of the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II, priority will be given to projects that focus on:
- World War II and the associated rise of intolerance that enabled crimes against humanity;
- The consequences of World War II for the post-war architecture of Europe : its division and the Cold war on the one hand, and the beginning of the European integration process following the Schuman Declaration in 1950 on the other hand.
Strand 2: Democratic engagement and civic participation
Debating on the future of Europe : In the current debate on the European Union in times of the economic crisis and following the European elections of May 2014, there is a need to deepen further the discussion on the future of Europe on what kind of Europe citizens want, also stimulating new forms of civic participation whilst reinforcing those existing. This debate should be based on lessons learned from history and consider in particular the concrete achievements of the European Union.
Such debate should not be limited to citizens already supporting the idea of the European Union, but reach out to citizens who have not been involved so far, or who reject the Union outright or put in question its achievements.
The 2015 Calls are now open with a deadline of 2 March 2015
Specific eligibility criteria apply to the different Strands and actions as follows:
Strand 1 – European remembrance
- Public local/regional authorities or non-profit organisations, including civil society organisations, survivors’ associations, and cultural, youth, educational and research organisations, associations of twinned towns
- A project must involve organisations from at least one Member State, but preference is given to transnational projects
Strand 2: Democratic engagement and civic participation (action grants)
- Towns/municipalities or their twinning committees or other non-profit organisations representing local authorities
- Must involve towns from at least two eligible countries of which at least one is an EU Member State
Networks of Towns
- Towns/municipalities or their twinning committees or networks, other levels of local/regional authorities, federations/associations of local authorities and non-profit organisations representing local authorities; the other organisations involved in the project can also be non-profit Civil Society Organisations
- Must involve towns from at least four eligible countries of which at least one is an EU Member State
Civil Society Projects
- Non-profit organisations, including civil society organisations, educational, cultural or research institutions; the other organisations involved in the project can also be public local/regional authorities
- Must involve organisations from at least three eligible countries of which at least one is an EU Member State