Monday, 5 January 2009

Call for Proposals Europe for Citizens Programme

Call for proposals: Europe for Citizens Programme: Active Citizens for Europe, Active civil society in Europe and Active European Remembrance


Deadlines

Action 1 Measure 1.1 Town twinning citizens' meetings: 1 February, 1
April, 1 June, 1 September 2009
Action 1 Measure 1.2 The thematic networking of twinned towns: 1
February, 1 September 2009
Action 1 Measure 2.1 Citizens' projects: 1 June 2009
Action 1 Measure 2.2 Support measures: 1 June 2009
Action 2 Measure 3 Support for projects initiated by civil society
organizations: 15 February 2009
Action 4 Active European Remembrance: 30 April 2009


Budget line / available budget

Varying, see call for proposals


Objectives and supported actions

The Europe for Citizens Programme has the following specific objectives:

* bringing together people form local communities across Europe to share
and exchange experiences, opinions and values, to learn from history and
to build for the future
* fostering action, debate and reflection related to European
citizenship and democracy, shared values, common history and culture
through cooperation within civil society organisations at European level
* bringing Europe closer to its citizens by promoting Europe's values
and achievements, while preserving the memory of its past
* encouraging interaction between citizens and civil society
organisations from all participating countries contributing to
intercultural dialogue and bringing to the fore both Europe's diversity
and unity, with particular attention to activities aimed at developing
closer ties between citizens from Member States of the European Union as
constituted on 30 April 2004 and those form Member States which have
acceded since that date.


Action 1 - Active Citizens for Europe

Measure 1 - Town twinning

This measure is aimed at activities that involve or promote direct
exchanges between European citizens through their participation in
town-twining activities.

Measure 1.1 - Town twinning citizens' meetings

This measure is aimed at activities that involve or promote direct
exchanges between European citizens through their participation in
town-twinning activities. A project must involve municipalities from at
least 2 participating countries, of which at least one is an EU Member
State. The project must have a minimum of 25 international participants
coming from the invited municipalities, with at least 5 participants
from each invited municipality.

Measure 1.2 - Networks of twinned towns

This measure supports the development of networks created on the basis
of town twinning links, which are important for ensuring structured,
intense and multifaceted cooperation among municipalities, and therefore
for contributing to maximizing the impact of the Programme. A project
must foresee at least 3 events. It must involve municipalities from at
least 4 participating countries, of which at least one is an EU Member
State. The project must have a minimum of 30 international participants
coming from the invited municipalities.


Measure 2 - 'Citizens' projects' and 'Support measures'

Measure 2.1 - Citizens' projects

This measure addresses a major challenge of the European Union today:
how to bridge the gap between citizens and the European Union. It aims
at exploring original and innovative methodologies capable of
encouraging citizens' participation and stimulating the dialogue between
European citizens and the institutions of the European Union.

Measure 2.2 - Support measures

This measure is a tool to develop the quality of projects submitted
within Action 1 'Active Citizens for Europe'. It supports the exchange
of experiences, expertise and good practice, as well as activities which
may lead to the establishment of long-lasting partnerships and networks.


Action 2 - Active civil society in Europe

Measure 3 - Support for projects initiated by civil society
organisations


The aim of this measure is to support concrete projects promoted by
civil society organisations belonging to different participating
countries. These projects should raise awareness on matters of European
interest and contribute to foster mutual understanding on different
cultures and to identify common values through cooperation at European
level.

A project must involve at least 2 participating countries, of which at
least one is an EU Member State.


Action 4 - Active European Remembrance

The aim of projects supported under this action is to keep alive the
memory of the victims of Nazism and Stalinism and to improve the
knowledge and understanding of present and future generations about what
took place in the camps and other places of mass-civilian extermination,
and why.


Applicants

The Programme is open to all promoters established in one of the
countries participating to the Programme and being:

* a public body or
* a non-profit organisation with a legal status (legal personality).

Each action of the Programme is however targeting a more specific range of organisations. The eligibility of applicant organisations is therefore defined in the Programme Guide specifically for each measure/sub measure.

Countries eligible under this Programme are EU Member States and Croatia.


Legal basis

Decision No 1904/2006/EC

*Community contribution*

Varying, see call for proposals

*Publication reference*

2008/C 328/09

Contact


eacea-p7@ec.europa.eu (for Action 1 measures and general enquiries)
eacea-p7-civilsociety@ec.europa.eu (for Action 2 measures)
eac-info@ec.europa.eu (for Action 3 measures)
eacea-p7-remembrance@ec.europa.eu (for Action 4 measures)


Directorate-General for Education and Culture:
http://ec.europa.eu/citizenship/index_en.html

Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency:
http://eacea.ec.europa.eu/citizenship/index_en.htm