Monday, 19 December 2011

EU: Proposal for new Europe for Citizens Programme 2014-2020

The Proposal for a COUNCIL REGULATION establishing for the period 2014-2020 under the new multiannual finacial framework the new "Europe for Citizens" - programme is out:

Get the DOCUMENT here: http://www.europolitics.info/pdf/gratuit_en/305710-en.pdf


The general objective of the future programme will be to "strengthen remembrance and enhance capacity for civic participation at the Union level". To this, the programme would contribute by developing citizens' organisations' capacity to engage citizens in the democratic life of the Union. The specific objectives proposed would comprise:

– Stimulate debate, reflection and cooperation on remembrance, Union integration and history;
– Develop citizens' understanding and capacity to participate in the Union policy making process and develop opportunities for solidarity, societal engagement and volunteering at Union level.

A budget of EUR 229 million for the period 2014-2020 is proposed to be allocated for the "Europe for Citizens" programme. (Source EC)

"The financial crisis has made Europe more important than ever before for the daily lives of citizens and for public debate. It is therefore more important than ever to support projects that allow citizens and civil society at large to become involved in EU affairs,” said Viviane Reding, the EU Commissioner for Justice, Fundamental Rights and Citizenship. "The ‘European for Citizens’ programme only has a small budget, but can help thousands of small projects, notably at local and regional level, that are very relevant for civil society organisations that are engaged in transnational projects and a dialogue across borders. The new Programme should stimulate civil society debate about the EU as well as concrete projects which take place close to citizens, such as town twinning.” (source; http://europa.eu/rapid/pressReleasesAction.do?reference=IP/11/1538&format=HTML&aged=0&language=EN&guiLanguage=en)


Compared to the current Europe for Citizens- Programme (2007-2013) the new relaunched programme faces a financial decrease of MINUS 41 million €!