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EUROPE FOR CITIZENS

Europe for Citizens Programme, which has been available to Croatia since 2007, is one of the programmes of the European Community presenting an integrated series of activities adopted by the European Community with the aim of promoting cooperation among its member countries in different areas linked with common policies of the European Community. As a rule these programmes are intended for the EU member countries but some of them are also available to the countries in the process of accession so that they could be introduced to the EU methods of work and to be integrated in the Union's sectoral policies. Non-member countries of the EU are liable to paying the membership fee for participation in each programme. Annual national financial contribution that Croatia is going to pay from the beginning of 2008 into the EU budget in order to participate in the Programme shall amount to € 85,000, but that sum shall be provided from the EU pre-accession funds as well, in addition to the state budget funds. The Government Office for Cooperation with NGOs was appointed as the coordinator of the Programme and functions as „Europe for Citizens Point“. This Community programme is of a centralized sort – it is implemented by the Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA) (EACEA) , and Directorate General for Communication is in charge of it.

Europe for Citizens is a programme that provides financial support to projects for promoting „active European citizenship“. The programme strives to strengthen the citizens' participation enabling them to discuss and exchange opinions on the EU, strengthen European identity, develop a sense of belonging to the EU in citizens and promote intercultural dialogue among citizens. The programme is a response to the necessity of more active citizens’ participation in the building of Europe and it encourages cooperation between citizens and their organizations in different countries with the aim of meeting, united action and development of their own ideas in the European environment while respecting their mutual differences. The total budget planned for this programme for the period from 2007 to 2013 is 215 million euros.
 
Leaflet on the results achieved within the Europe for Citizens Programme in Croatia in the financing period 2007-2013 can be found here.
 
WHO CAN PARTICIPATE IN THE EUROPE FOR CITIZENS PROGRAMME?
 
• local authorities and organisations
• European public policy research organisations (think-tanks)
• citizens’ groups
• civil society organisations
• non-governmental organisations
• trade unions
• educational institutions
• organisations active in the field of voluntary work
• organisations active in the field of amateur sport, etc.
 
With the aim of implementation of its main objectives, the Programme is composed of 4 main activities which are further divided into individual measures:
 
Activity 1: Active citizens for Europe, activity which directly involves citizens, through projects of town-twinning or through other aspects of citizens' programmes
Activity 2: Active civil society for Europe, activity targeted at civil society organizations around Europe receiving grants based on their operating programmes or (trans-national) projects
Activity 3: Together for Europe, activities that include citizens at the level of Europe for the purpose of improving the visibility of EU action and getting Europe closer to its citizens
Activity 4: Active European Remembrance, the action that commemorates the victims of Nazism and Stalinism.
 
 
GENERAL OBJECTIVES
 
The general objectives of the Europe for Citizens Programme are to contribute to: 
  • giving citizens the opportunity to interact and participate in constructing an ever closer Europe, which is democratic and world-oriented, united in and enriched through its cultural diversity, thus developing citizenship of the European Union
  • developing a sense of European identity, based on common values, history and culture 
  • fostering a sense of ownership of the European Union among its citizens
  • enhancing tolerance and mutual understanding between European citizens
  • respecting and promoting cultural 
PRIORITY THEMES
 
Under this Programme, priority is given to certain themes of particular relevance for the development of an active European citizenship. The setting up of themes will also encourage synergies between projects working on the same issue and will ensure greater visibility and impact of the supported activities and of the Programme in general. Applicants under this Programme are invited to address in their projects one or more of these priority themes. However, the Programme remains open to innovative, bottom-up projects, which do not fall within these priority themes.
 
Some of the themes will be relevant for the whole period of the Programme and will therefore have a permanent character. However, the way these issues are being tackled will depend on specific events or developments in the field. Therefore, a permanent priority can also give indications on aspects on which emphasis will be put in a given period.
 
In order to be able to react to new or very specific topics arising on the European agenda, annual priorities of relevance for this Programme and of a limited duration can be set up.
 
Priority will be given under this Programme to the following themes: 
  • Future of the European Union and its basic values
  • Active European Citizenship: participation and democracy in Europe
  • Inter-cultural dialogue
  • People’s wellbeing in Europe: employment, social cohesion and sustainable development
  • Impact of EU policies in societies
 HORIZONTAL FEATURES
  •  European values
  • Informal learning for active European citizenship
  • Volunteering – expression of active European citizenship
  • Transnationality and local dimension
  • Cultural and linguistic diversity
  • Cross-fertilisation
  • Equal access to the Programme
  • Visibility, valorisation and dissemination
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