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Europe for Citizens (EFC) support initiatives to strengthen remembrance of the recent European history and to enhance civic participation at EU level.

Europe for Citizens is the EU’s programme for funding projects that:

  • help the public understand the EU's history, values and diversity
  • encourage citizens to participate and engage in democracy at the EU level.

It has a total budget of €187,718 000 for 2014-20.


Funding streams

1. European remembrance — the EU as a peace project

The programme supports initiatives that:

  • discuss why and how the totalitarian regimes that blighted Europe’s modern history came into power
  • look at the EU's other defining moments and reference points
  • consider different historical perspectives

Priorities for 2019 and 2020

  • commemorations (PDF) of major historical turning points in recent European history
  • civil society and civic participation under totalitarian regimes
  • antisemitism, anti-gypsyism, xenophobia, homophobia and other forms of intolerance: drawing the lessons for today
  • democratic transition and accession to the European Union

2. Democratic engagement & civic participation — getting citizens involved

Town twinning

Projects bring together citizens from twinned towns to debate issues on the European political agenda. They develop opportunities for people to engage with each other and to volunteer at EU level.

Networks of towns

Towns are encouraged to cooperate with each other in the long term to explore particular topics or themes, share resources and/or interests, increase their influence and/or face common challenges.

Civil society projects

These projects give citizens an opportunity to participate concretely in the EU policy-making process. They stimulate debates to propose practical solutions to issues through cooperation at European level.

Priorities for 2019 and 2020

  • debating the future of Europe and challenging euroscepticism
  • promoting solidarity in times of crisis
  • fostering intercultural dialogue and mutual understanding and combatting the stigmatisation of migrants and minority groups

Operating grants

European think tanks (public policy research bodies) and civil society organisations active across the EU can receive operating grants — financial support for costs related to their activities.

Apply for funding

See details on the website of the Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency.

Civil Dialogue group

Civil Dialogue group

Europe for Citizens contact points

Get guidance and support in your language from the Europe for Citizens contact point in your country:

Europe for Citizens contact points

Reference documents

Reference documents

Projects financed by Europe for Citizens

Find project information and results of projects supported by the Europe for Citizens programme in 2014-20:


17 FEBRUARY 2020
Europe for Citizens Infographic
(1005.06 KB - PDF)

30 OCTOBER 2019
Annual Work Programme 2020
(647.29 KB - PDF)