Call for proposals - Active Citizens for Europe, Active civil society in Europe and Active European Remembrance CITIZENS - 2012 Closed!


The Europe for Citizens programme supports projects promoting active European citizenship.

The Europe for Citizens programme has the following specific objectives:

  • bringing together people from local communities across Europe to share and exchange experiences, opinions and values, to learn from history and to build for the future;
  • fostering action, debate and reflection related to European citizenship and democracy, shared values, common history and culture through cooperation within civil society organisations at European level;
  • bringing Europe closer to its citizens by promoting Europe's values and achievements, while preserving the memory of its past;
  • encouraging interaction between citizens and civil society organisations from all participating countries contributing to intercultural dialogue and bringing to the fore both Europe's diversity and unity, with particular attention to activities aimed at developing closer ties between citizens from Member States of the European Union as constituted on 30 April 2004 and those from Member States which haveacceded since that date.


This call covers the following actions of the Europe for Citizens programme which are supported within two types of grants: project and operating grants:

Action 1: Active Citizens for Europe

Measure 1: Town Twinning. This measure is aimed at activities that involve or promote direct exchanges between European citizens
through their participation in town-twining activities.

  • Measure 1.1: Town twinning citizens’ meetings (project grant)
  • Measure 1.2: Networks of twinned towns (project grant)

Measure 2 : ‘Citizens’ projects’ and ‘Supportmeasures’

  • Measure 2.1: Citizens’ projects (project grant)
  • Measure 2.2: Support measures (project grant)

Action 2: Active civil society in Europe

Measure 1: Structural support for European public policy research organisations (think tanks). It aims at supporting the work of European public policy research organisations (think tanks), which are able to provide new ideas and reflections on European issues, on active citizenship at European level or on European values.

Measure 2: Structural support for civil society organizations at EU level. It will provide civil society organisations of European dimension with the capacity and stability to develop their activities at European level. The purpose is to contribute to the emergence of a structured, coherent and active civil society at European level.

Measure 3 : Support for projects initiated by civil society organisations (project grant). The aim of this measure is to support concrete projects promoted by civil society organisations belonging to different participating countries. These projects should raise awareness on matters of European interest and contribute to foster mutual understanding on different cultures and to identify common values through cooperation at European level.

Action 4: Active European Remembrance (project grant)

The aim of projects supported under this action is to keep alive the memory of the victims of Nazism and Stalinism and to improve the knowledge and understanding of present and future generations about what took place in the camps and other places of mass-civilian extermination, and why.

European community funding

The Community provisional funding available for the call for proposals is:

  • 17,00 Million EUR (Orientation of the budget)

All the important deadlines

  • 01 February 2012 - 8 years ago (The deadline for the presentation of proposals for area 1)
  • 01 June 2012 - 7 years ago (The deadline for the presentation of proposals for area 1)
  • 01 September 2012 - 7 years ago (The deadline for the presentation of proposals for area 1)
  • 15 October 2012 - 7 years ago (The deadline for the presentation of proposals for area 2)
  • 01 February 2012 - 8 years ago (The deadline for the presentation of proposals for area 3)
  • 01 June 2012 - 7 years ago (The deadline for the presentation of proposals for area 4)

Further information about the call

Official webpage of the call

Useful documents

  • Call for proposals - Active Citizens, Active civil society and Active European Remembrance (Legal base)

Organisations eligible to participate

Opened to the following bodies or institutes with legal status established in the covered areas:

  • Local authorities
  • Any legal organisation

Covered areas

Bodies or institutes must have their registered legal seat in one of the countries taking part in the Programme which are:

  • European Union (EU)
  • European Economic Area (EEA)
  • Candidate Countries
  • Third countries

Directorate-Generale responsible

Directorate-General for Education and Culture

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