Europe for Citizens


The specific aim of the 2014-2020 programme is to contribute to citizens’ understanding of the EU’s history and diversity. It also aims to foster European citizenship and encourage democratic engagement at EU level.

The Europe for Citizens Programme helps to promote understanding between the Union and its citizens. It funds activities carried out by a range of not-for-profit organisations, local authorities and research institutions across Europe.

The programme is composed by two actions, called strands:

Strand 1: European Remembrance

What is it for ?

  • To contribute to citizens’ understanding of the EU, its history and diversity
  • To raise awareness of remembrance, common history and values and the aim of the EU

Strand 2: Democratic Engagement and Civic Participation

What is it for ?

  • To foster European citizenship and improve conditions for civic and democratic participation at EU level
  • To encourage democratic participation of citizens at EU level
  • To support concrete participation in the EU policy-making process

Measures in this strand are *

  1. Town Twinning
  2. Networks of towns
  3. Civil society projects

The deadlines for the strands are:

Strand 1: European remembrance

01 March 2018

Stand 2: Democratic engagement and civic participation*

Town Twinning: 01 September 2017 and 01 March 2018
Networks of towns: 01 September 2017 and 01 March 2018
Civil society projects: 01 March 2018 

Eligibility for Participation:

  • Public Local/Regional Authorities
  • Researchers/Research Centers/Institutions
  • NGOs
  • Associations


Empowering Citizens of Small Member States

The project seeks to examine whether and to what extent citizens of small EU member states, feel that they have diminished influence as citizens of the European Union. Additionally it will explore the way such views affect their stance towards the EU at a practical level ie. Is a cause of absenteeism in the European Elections.

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Youth Promoting Solidarity

The YPS project is the first initiative,at European level,promoted and coordinated by Dali, in partnership with its friend town, to create a permanent active network which can ensure innovative collaboration,active democratic engagement and civic participation.

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Commitment to Democracy through Increasing Women’s Participation

Parliaments are the most important floors for the implementation of Gender Equality, Women’s Empowerment, and voters (men and women) sensitization towards equality and towards the social profits from valuing women’s contribution to National and European (N&E) development and progress.

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70 Steps Towards European Peace

The Makrakomi municipality project entitled “70 STEPS” aims to enhance the-breaches of fundamental values such as freedom, democracy, social solidarity, justice and respect for human rights caused by Nazism in EU,-Europeans resisted Nazi and their contribution to the consolidation of peace.

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Act Locally, Think Internationally. Union (S)Elections

More than half century ago, six countries initiated a perpetual process of unification of – a destroyed by the two World Wars – Europe. What started as the European Coal and Steel Community is now the EU of 28 countries.Despite the impressive expansion, the EU seems to need a lot of effort to achieve the active participation of its citizens in the policy-making process.

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Euroscepticism: testing the feelings of the European Citizens

The project promoted by the municipality of Giardini Naxos (IT), is a Town Twinning between municipalities and Organizations from Italy, Spain, Greece, Poland and Malta.The project, titled “Euroscepticism: testing the feelings of the European Citizens, will be held in Giardini Naxos from 20th to 26th April 2017.

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Debating Threats to Democracy and Human Rights

Increases in extremism, populism and demagoguery strongly affect human rights, democracy and the “European Project”. This consortium raises secondary school students’ voices about these topics, because it affects their future and the peace and stability of our countries and continent.

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European Rural Network for Job Mobility

The project main objective is to connect people from different European Union countries and beyond the Union who live together in the same local communities, to raise awareness of their common values and needs but also to promote the empowerment of their social and multicultural differences, through the creation of a network of European rural municipalities for job mobility…

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The Citizens Are Speaking

The aim of this project as the name implies, ‘The Citizens Are Speaking’ is to engage EU citizens on the current highly debatable issue of immigration with a view to encourage civic participation of citizens at Union level. A topic which gained prominence as a result of instability in the European neighbourhood area.

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Europe For Citizens

Contact Information

Europe for Citizens Point Cyprus
Cyprus Symphony Orchestra Foundation

27 Ifigeneias Street,
2007 Strovolos, Nicosia

Panayiotis Krashias
Europe for Citizens Programme Officer

Tel: +357 22463106

Programme Guide

Does your project idea fit? Read the Programme Guide for 2017