Europe for Citizens programme 2014-2020 Citizens 2020 Open!


The overall aim is to bring the Union closer to citizens. The general objectives of the Programme are the following:
  • To contribute to citizens' understanding of the Union, its history and diversity;
  • To foster European citizenship and to improve conditions for civic and democratic participation at Union level.
 The specific objectives of the Programme are:
  • To raise awareness of remembrance, the common history and values of the Union and the Union's aim, namely to promote peace, the values of the Union and the well-being of its peoples, by stimulating debate, reflection and the development of networks;
  • To encourage the democratic and civic participation of citizens at Union level, by developing citizens' understanding of the Union policy making-process and promoting opportunities for societal and intercultural engagement and volunteering at Union level.


(a) Mutual learning and cooperation activities such as:

  • citizens' meetings, town-twinning, networks of twinned towns;
  • projects implemented by transnational partnerships;
  • remembrance projects with a European dimension;
  • exchanges based, inter alia, on the use of information and communication technologies (ICT) and/or social media;
(b) Structural support for organisations such as:
  • bodies pursuing an aim of general Union interest;
  • Europe for Citizens Contact Points;
(c) Union level analytical activities such as:
  • studies focusing on issues relating to the objectives of the Programme;
(d) Awareness raising and dissemination activities designed to use and further valorise the results of the supported initiatives and to highlight good practices, such as:
  • Union level events including conferences, commemorations and award ceremonies;
  • peer reviews, expert meetings and seminars.

European community funding

The Community provisional funding available for the programme is:

  • 185,47 Million EUR (Global Budget)

Further information about the programme

Useful documents

Official webpage of the programme