|Type of Fund||Direct Management|
|Description of programme |
"Citizens, Equality, Rights and Values Programme"
The general objective of the Programme is to protect and promote rights and values as enshrined in the Treaties, the Charter and the applicable international human rights conventions, in particular by supporting civil society organisations and other stakeholders active at local, regional, national and transnational level, and by encouraging civic and democratic participation, in order to sustain and further develop open, rights-based, democratic, equal and inclusive societies which are based on the rule of law.
Furthermore, the Programme shall have the following specific objectives, which correspond to strands:
Union values strand
The Union values strand shall focus on protecting, promoting and raising awareness of rights by providing financial support to civil society organisations which are active at local, regional, national and transnational level in promoting and cultivating those rights, thereby also strengthening the protection and promotion of Union values and respect for the rule of law and contributing to the construction of a more democratic Union, democratic dialogue, transparency and good governance.
Equality, rights and gender equality strand
The equality, rights and gender equality strand shall focus on:
Citizens’ engagement and participation strand
The citizens’ engagement and participation strand shall focus on:
The Daphne strand shall focus on:
|Link||Link to Programme|
|Description of call |
It is expected that Town-Twinning projects reflect on a new narrative for Europe, citizen-oriented, equality promoting, forward-looking and constructive that would be more engaging for the younger generation in particular. Projects may be based on the outcome of citizens’ consultations and may lead to debates about concrete ways to create a more democratic Union, to enable citizens to re-engage with the EU and to develop a stronger sense of ownership of the European project.
The programme contributes to the promotion of intercultural dialogue by bringing people of different nationalities and different languages together and by giving them the opportunity to participate in common activities. In this context, Town-Twinning projects should raise awareness on the richness of the cultural and linguistic environment in Europe and promote mutual understanding and tolerance, thereby contributing to the development of a respectful, dynamic and multifaceted European identity and the respect of common values, democracy and fundamental rights.
The European Union is built on solidarity: solidarity between its citizens, solidarity across borders between its Member States, and solidarity through support actions inside and outside the Union. Solidarity is a shared value which creates cohesion and responds to societal challenges. Town-Twinning projects should contribute to overcoming national perceptions by fostering mutual understanding and by creating fora where common solutions can be discussed in a constructive way. Their aim should be to raise awareness of the importance of reinforcing the European integration process based on solidarity and common values.
Town-Twinning projects should give citizens the opportunity to express what kind of Europe they want. Debates supported under the Town-Twinning should be based on the concrete achievements of the European Union and on lessons learnt from history. Such debates should as well reflect on current trends and enable participants to challenge Euroscepticism by suggesting possible actions that the European Union could undertake to foster a sense of belonging to Europe, to understand the benefits of the European Union and to reinforce the EU's social and political cohesion. Twinned municipalities are encouraged to respond to the objectives of the Conference on the Future of Europe. Furthermore, debates should promote a culture of democratic exchange, in which all participants’ views are equally valued regardless of their gender, age or ethnic background.
The COVID-19 pandemic has influenced the ways in which our democracies and civic participation function. The need to prevent the spread of the contagion led to the imposition of strong restrictions on individual and collective freedom. Town-Twinning projects are encouraged to reflect on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the life within and the functioning of local communities as well as on the forms that civic participation takes under the COVID-19 crisis.
|Link||Link to Call|
|Thematic Focus||Equal Rights, Human Rights, People with Disabilities, Social Inclusion, Community Integration, European Citizenship, Shared Services, Capacity Building, Cooperation Networks, Institutional Cooperation, Children & Youth, Education & Training, Demographic Change, Migration, Art & Culture, Cultural Heritage, History, Media, Administration & Governance, Clustering, Development Cooperation, Economic Cooperation, Health, Social Affairs, Sports|
|Funding area|| EU Member
Overseas Countries and Territories (OCTs)
|Origin of Applicant||
EU Member States |
Overseas Countries and Territories (OCTs)
|Eligible applicants||Federal State / Region / City / Municipality / Local Authority, Lobby Group / Professional Association / Trade Union, International Organization, NGO / NPO, National Government, Association, Public Services, Other|
|Applicant details|| In order to be eligible, the applicants (beneficiaries and affiliated entities) must: |
|Project Partner Details|| Town-Twinning proposals must involve municipalities from at least 2 eligible countries of which at least one is an EU
Member State. |
|Project duration max||12 months|
|Further info|| Proposals must be complete and contain
all the requested information and all required annexes and supporting documents: |
|Type of Funding||Grants|
|Financial details|| The
available call budget is EUR 4,500,000. |
The grant parameters (maximum grant amount, funding rate, total eligible costs, etc) will be fixed in the Grant Agreement (Data Sheet, point 3 and art 5). The grant will be a lump sum grant. This means that it will reimburse a fixed amount, based on a lump sum or financing not linked to costs.
Project budget (maximum grant amount): EUR 30,000 per project
|Submission||Proposals must be submitted electronically via the Funding & Tenders Portal. Paper submissions are NOT possible.|
For the strands "Union Values" and "Citizens’ engagement and
participation": Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA).
For the strands "Equality, rights and gender equality" and "Daphne": Directorate-General
for Justice and Consumers of the European Commission.