Presentation on theme: "Europe for Citizens Programme 2014-2020 Regional Forum Zagreb, 27 November 2014 Cécile Le Clercq."— Presentation transcript:
Europe for Citizens Programme 2014-2020 Regional Forum Zagreb, 27 November 2014 Cécile Le Clercq
The new programme 2014-2020 Successor to programmes 2004-2006 and 2007-2013. Adopted by he Council on 14 April 2014 (article 352 TFEU) Period : 2014-2020 ( MFF) Budget : 185.468.000 EUR
3 General objectives: To contribute to citizens' understanding of the Union, its history and diversity To foster European citizenship and to improve conditions for civic and democratic participation at Union level
4 Specific objectives: Raise awareness of remembrance, 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
5 Annual priorities 2014: European remembrance: 100th anniversary of the beginning of World War I 25th anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall 10th anniversary of EU enlargement to Central and Eastern Europe Democratic engagement and civic participation: Elections to the European Parliament and citizens' participation in the democratic life of the EU
Participating countries: 28 EU Member States, Potentially participating countries: –Acceding countries, candidate countries and potential candidates –EFTA => sign an Agreement with the European Commission Signed : Serbia, Montenegro, and the former Yougoslav Republic of Macedonia Pending : Albania, Bosnia Herzegovina
Structure of the Europe for Citizens programme 2014-2020 Strand 1.- European remembrance (+- 20 %) Strand 2.- Democratic engagement and civic participation (+- 60 %): -Town Twinning -Networks of Towns - Civil Society Projects Horizontal Action / Valorisation (+- 10 %): - Dissemination and use of results and of good practices
Structure of the Europe for Citizens programme 2014-2020 TYPES OF GRANTS PROJECT GRANTS: Programme Guide OPERATING GRANTS: Call for proposals COMM C2/01/2013 Structural support for European public research organisations (think tanks) and for civil society organisations 2014-2017
General features of the EfC Programme Equal access Transnational and local dimension Intercultural dialogue Volunteering
STRAND 1: EUROPEAN REMEMBRANCE Projects reflecting on causes of totalitarian regimes in Europe's modern history (specially but not exclusively Nazism that led to the Holocaust, Fascism, Stalinism and totalitarian communist regimes) and to commemorate the victims of their crimes. Projects concerning other defining moments and reference points in recent European history. In particular, action which encourage tolerance, mutual understanding, intercultural dialogues and reconciliation as a means of moving beyond the past and building the future, in particular with a view to reaching the younger generation.
STRAND 1: EUROPEAN REMEMBRANCE Projects including multidisciplinary activities and involving partners and citizens coming from different disciplines. Moreover, projects should be implemented at a transnational level (creation and operation of transnational partnerships and networks) or with a clear European dimension.
STRAND 1: cont'd Applicant and partners Public local/regional authorities or non-profit organisations with legal personality established in an eligible country. Maximum grant 100.000 EUR. Maximum project duration 18 months.
STRAND 2: DEMOCRATIC ENGAGEMENT AND CIVIC PARTICIPATION Town twinning Networks of Towns Civil Society Projects
STRAND 2 (cont'd) Town twinning Projects bringing together a wide range of citizens from twinned towns around the preliminary predefined themes of European interest (annual priorities) with a clear link to the European political agenda.
STRAND 2 (Cont'd) Town twinning Applicant and partners Towns/municipality or their twinning committees or other non- profit organisation with legal personality representing local authorities and established in an eligible country. Partners: Municipalities/organisations from at least 2 eligible programme countries of which at least one EU Member State. Minimum of 25 participants Maximum grant 25.000 EUR. Maximum project duration 21 days (meeting), 9 months (eligibility period).
STRAND 2: (Cont'd) Networks of Towns Multilateral projects promoted by transnational twinning partnerships and networks around issues of common interest for developing thematic and long-lasting cooperation.
STRAND 2 (Cont'd) Networks of Towns Applicants: Towns/municipalities or their twinning committees, other levels of local/regional authorities or federations/associations and NGOs representing local or regional authorities Partners: same as applicants + NGOs A project must involve municipalities/regions/organisations from at least 4 countries participating in the Programme of which at least one is an EU Member State. Maximum grant 150.000 EUR. Maximum project duration 24 months At least 4 events
STRAND 2 (Cont'd) Civil Society Projects Projects promoted by transnational partnerships and networks directly involving citizens. Those projects gather citizens from different horizons, who will act together or debate on the annual priority themes of the programme at local and European level.
STRAND 2 (Cont'd) Civil Society Projects Applicants Non-profit organisations with legal personality established in an eligible country Partners: NGOs or public regional or local organisations A project must involve organisations from at least 3 eligible programme countries of which at least one is an EU Member State. Maximum grant 150.000 EUR. Maximum project duration 18 months
STRAND 2 (Cont'd) Civil Society Projects Qualitative criteria: Annual priorities have to be covered Link to the European political agenda and policy-making process; Types of activities: Promotion of societal engagement and solidarity Gathering of opinions Volunteering
STRAND 2 (Cont'd) Civil Society Projects Qualitative aspects: Annual priorities have to be covered Link to the European political agenda and policy-making process; Types of activities: Promotion of societal engagement and solidarity Gathering of opinions Volunteering
OPERATING GRANTS Separate call for proposals for: A)European public policy research organisations (Think tanks). Maximum amount: 350.000 € B) Civil Society organisations working at European level (both strands) Maximum amount: 200.000 € C) Platform of pan-European organisations Maximum amount: 600.000 €
Award criteria Consistency with the objectives of the Programme and Programme Strand + annual priorities Quality of the plan of activities/work programme, Dissemination and use of results, Impact and citizens' involvement