Rights, Equality and Citizenship Programme 2014-2020 REC Closed!


The general objective of the Programme shall be to contribute to the further development of an area where equality and the rights of persons as enshrined in the TEU, in the TFEU, in the Charter and in the international human rights conventions to which the Union has acceded, are promoted, protected and effectively implemented. 
Specific objectives:
  • To promote the effective implementation of the principle of non -discrimination on grounds of sex, racial or ethnic origin, religion or belief, disability, age or sexual orientation, and to respect the principle of non-discrimination;
  • To prevent and combat racism, xenophobia, homophobia  and other forms of intolerance; 
  • To promote and protect the rights of persons with disabilities­
  • To promote equality between women and men
  • To prevent and combat all forms of violence against children, young people and women, as well as violence  against other groups at risk, in particular groups at risk of violence in close relationships, and to protect victims of such violence;
  • To promote and protect the rights of the child;
  • To contribute to ensuring the highest level of protection of privacy and personal data;
  • To promote and enhance the exercise of rights deriving from citizenship of the Union;
  • To enable individuals in their capacity as consumers or entrepreneurs in the internal market to enforce their rights deriving from Union law, having regard to the projects funded under the Consumer Programme.


  • Analytical activities, such as the collection of data and stat­istics; the development of common methodologies and, where appropriate, indicators or benchmarks; studies, researches, analyses and surveys; evaluations; the elaboration and publication of guides, reports and educational material; workshops, seminars, experts' meetings and conferences;
  • Training activities, such as staff exchanges, workshops, seminars, train-the-trainer events and the development of online training tools or other training modules;
  • Mutual learning, cooperation, awareness-raising and dissemination activities, such as the identification of, and exchanges concerning, good practices, innovative approaches and experiences; the organisation of peer reviews and mutual learning; the organisation of confer­ences, seminars, media campaigns, including in the online media, information campaigns, including institutional communication on the political priorities of the Union as far as they relate to the objectives of the Programme; the compilation and publication of materials to disseminate information about the Programme and its results; the devel­opment, operation and maintenance of systems and tools using information and communication technologies;
  • Support for main actors whose activities contribute to the implementation of the objectives of the Programme, such as support for NGOs in the implementation of actions with European added value, support for key European actors, European-level networks and harmonised services of social value; support for Member States in the implementation of Union law and policies; and support for networking activities at European level among specialised bodies and entities as well as national, regional and local authorities and NGOs, including support by way of action grants or operating grant.

European community funding

The Community provisional funding available for the programme is:

  • 439,47 Million EUR (Global Budget)

Further information about the programme

Useful documents

Official webpage of the programme