Europe for Citizens

What is it for:

Council Regulation (EU) No 390/2014 of 14 April 2014 establishing the ‘Europe for Citizens’ programme for the period 2014-2020

The aim of this programme is

  • To contribute to citizens’ understanding of the EU, its history and diversity
  • To foster European citizenship and to improve conditions for civic and democratic participation at EU level
  • To raise awareness of remembrance, common history and values
  • To encourage democratic participation of citizens at EU level, by developing citizens’ understanding of the EU policy making-process and, by promoting opportunities for societal and intercultural engagement and volunteering at EU level

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Priorities of the programme for 2018-2020

Specific priorities for European Remembrance (Strand 1)

1. Commemorations of major historical turning points in recent European history
2018 – 2019 – 2020
2. Civil society and civic participation under totalitarian regimes
3. Antisemitism, Anti-Gypsyism, xenophobia, homophobia and other forms of intolerance: drawing the lessons for today
4. Democratic transition and accession to the European Union

Year Of application Eligible commemorations 
2018 1918 The end of WWI – the rise of nation states and the failure to create a European cooperation and peaceful coexistence

1938/1939 Beginning of WWII

1948 Beginning of the Cold War

1948 The Hague Congress and the integration of Europe

1968 Protest and civil rights movements, invasion to Czechoslovakia, student protests and anti-Semitic campaign in Poland

2019 1979 European Parliament elections – also 40 years since the first directly elected EP in 1979

1989 Democratic revolutions in Central and Eastern Europe and the fall of the Berlin wall

2004 15 years of EU enlargement into central and Eastern Europe

2020 1950 Robert Schuman Declaration

1990 German reunification

2000 Proclamation of the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights


Specific priorities for „Democratic engagement and civic participation“ (Strand 2) 

1. Debating the future of Europe and challenging Euroscepticism
2. Promoting solidarity in times of crisis
3. Fostering intercultural dialogue and mutual understanding and combatting the stigmatisation of migrants and minority groups
4. European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018

Priorities of the programme for 2016-2020

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Priorities of the programme for 2015



Priorities of the programme for 2014

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