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Call key data

Democratic transition, (re-)building and strengthening society based on the rule of law, democracy and fundamental rights

Funding Program

Citizens, Equality, Rights and Values programme

Call number




06.06.2024 17:00

Call budget

€ 1,510,000.00

Estimated EU contribution per project

min. € 50,000.00

Link to the call

Link to the submission

Call content

short description

Supporting projects aimed at commemorating defining events in modern European history, including the causes and consequences of authoritarian and totalitarian regimes, and at raising awareness among European citizens, of their common history, culture, cultural heritage, and values, thereby enhancing their understanding of the Union, its origins, purpose, diversity, and achievements and of the importance of mutual understanding and tolerance.

Call objectives

European Remembrance is fundamentally linked to the realisation and protection of EU values and rights today. The European experience of the 20th century, including totalitarian and authoritarian regimes and their crimes, as well as the democratic transition based on the rule of law, migration, de-colonisation, and European integration all contribute to encouraging Europeans to be vigilant and to defend fundamental rights, democracy and the rule of law particularly the rights of minorities.

Proposals are encouraged to serve the implementation of EU policies and more precisely to serve the implementations of actions included in the EU Strategy on combating antisemitism and fostering Jewish life 2021-2030, EU anti-racism action plan for 2020-2025, EU Roma strategic framework on equality, inclusion and participation, and No place for hate: a Europe united against hatred.

Across the different priorities, an overarching aim is to promote a more nuanced understanding of historic events by integrating a gender perspective when examining them. Looking through a gender-lens at history can highlight the role, representation and perspective of groups and individuals of all gender and promote a more holistic and gender-sensitive understanding of history. To this end, applicants are advised to explain in their proposals from whose perspective history is narrated, whose experiences are attributed importance and whose experiences are omitted. Applicants are also advised to ensure meaningful participation of their target groups, taking into account gender differences and to ensure that they present measures to avoid the reproduction of stereotypes and prejudices in their proposals.

Projects can be national or transnational. Transnational projects are particularly encouraged.

CERV-2024-CITIZENS-REM-TRANSITION – Democratic transition, (re-)building and strengthening society based on the rule of law, democracy and fundamental rights

Europe’s 20th century experience shows the fragility of democracy and the continuous need for people to engage and defend democratic institutions and values. Historical experience such as in the 1920s and 1930s, when newly established democracies declined due to internal or external attacks, are stark reminders of this vulnerability. Today’s achievements come again under pressure with rising populism, extremism and societal divisions. Equally, the democratic transition from authoritarian or totalitarian rule needed the (re-)building of democratic institutions based on the rule of law, which protect fundamental rights for all members of society, such as the period after WWII and post-1989. The EU is a community of values and all its Member States are based on these values. While democratic transition and consolidation prepared the ground for democratic society, providing historical justice after the end of totalitarian and authoritarian regimes for victims and affected communities can contribute to a healing of society.

Projects under this priority should focus on the transition from authoritarian and totalitarian rule to democracy in different European countries, their similarities and differences and the lessons retained for the future about how to defend and sustain EU values such as democracy, rule of law and fundamental rights. At the same time, projects can also explore the means of historical justice, be it through trials, restitution or amnesty.

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Expected effects and impacts

  • Contribution to the implementation of EU policies such as the EU Strategy on combating antisemitism and fostering Jewish life, the EU Anti-racism Action Plan, the EU Roma Strategic Framework and the Communication No Place for Hate.
  • Engagement of Europeans from different backgrounds and gender – including young people and people who are multipliers (teachers, journalists, state administrators, law enforcement officials, members of the judiciary, policymakers, right-defenders, etc.) in advocating, strengthening and supporting democratic institutions and structures based on the rule of law;
  • Digitisation of historical material and testimonies of eyewitnesses for education and training purposes;
  • Inclusion of a European dimension in relevant national and international debates on important historical events and moments of recent European history;
  • Identification, safeguarding and availability in particular online, of archival material, testimonies and authentic sites for education purposes, commemoration and research;
  • Better awareness of rights and achievements of European integration. Anchoring a sense of belonging among Europeans towards the European project;
  • Engagement of Europeans in combating racism, antisemitism, antigypsyism and all types of intolerance; Engagement of Europeans in ensuring Holocaust remembrance, both offline and online;
  • Stronger awareness of the historical roots of racism, antisemitism and antigypsyism, as well as of colonialism and slavery as important factors that are embedded in and have shaped European history;
  • Stronger awareness of the contribution of minorities such as Roma to the cultural richness, diversity and common history of Europe;
  • Building of transnational coalitions on European memory;
  • Combating of historical distortion, revisionism and negationism.

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Expected results

Projects are expected to:

  • Link different types of organisations to create synergies (between non-profit, local, regional and national administration, academia and memorial and learning site with educational institutions),
  • Develop different types of activities (training activities, publications, online tools, (provenance) research, non-formal education, public debates, exhibitions, awareness-rising, collection and digitisation of testimonies, innovative and creative actions, etc.), also by using new methods of teaching and new technologies;
  • Establish and conduct trainings for rights defenders, civil servants, members of the judiciary, law enforcement officials and policymakers;
  • Provide opportunities for inter-generational exchanges between witnesses and future generations;
  • Involve people from different target groups and gender, including, where possible, people facing racism, antisemitism, antigypsyism or other forms of discrimination and intolerance.

Projects should have a European dimension and preferably be implemented on a transnational level (involving the creation and operation of transnational partnerships and networks).

Projects’ design and implementation are expected to promote gender equality and non-discrimination mainstreaming. This includes a gender analysis, mapping potential different needs of and impact on women and men as well as integrating a gender equality perspective in the design of the activities. To this end, applicants are encouraged to consult the key questions listed on the EIGE website when conducting their gender analysis. Unintended negative effects of the intervention on either gender should be avoided (do no harm approach). Applicants are expected to design and implement their communication and dissemination activities in a gender-sensitive way. This includes in particular usage of gender-sensitive language. The same applies to the design and implementation of monitoring and evaluation activities. Proposals that integrate a gender-perspective across all their activities will be considered of higher quality.

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Eligibility Criteria

Regions / countries for funding

EU Member States, Overseas Countries and Territories (OCT)
Moldova (Moldova), Albania (Shqipëria), Bosnia and Herzegovina (Bosna i Hercegovina / Босна и Херцеговина), Kosovo (Kosova/Kosovë / Косово), Montenegro (Црна Гора), North Macedonia (Северна Македонија), Serbia (Srbija/Сpбија), Ukraine (Україна)

eligible entities

Education and training institution, International organization, Non-Profit Organisation (NPO) / Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO), Other, Private institution, incl. private company (private for profit), Public Body (national, regional and local; incl. EGTCs), Research Institution incl. University, Small and medium-sized enterprise (SME)

Mandatory partnership


Project Partnership

Proposals must be submitted by a consortium of at least 2 applicants (lead applicant ("Coordinator") and at least one co-applicant, not being affiliated entity or associated partner).

In order to be eligible the applicants (beneficiaries and affiliated entities) must:

  • For lead applicants (i.e., the “Coordinator”): be non-profit legal entities (public or private bodies) or an international organisation.
  • For co-applicants: be non-profit or for profit legal entities (public or private bodies). Organisations which are for profit may apply only in partnership with public entities, private non-profit organisations or with international organisations.
  • be established in one of the eligible countries, i.e.:
    • EU Member States (including overseas countries and territories (OCTs))
    • non-EU countries: countries associated to the CERV Programme or countries which are in ongoing negotiations for an association agreement and where the agreement enters into force before grant signature (list of participating countries)

Specific cases:

  • Natural persons are NOT eligible (with the exception of selfemployed persons, i.e. sole traders, where the company does not have legal personality separate from that of the natural person).
  • International organisations are eligible. The rules on eligible countries do not apply to them.
  • Entities which do not have legal personality under their national law may exceptionally participate, provided that their representatives have the capacity to undertake legal obligations on their behalf, and offer guarantees for the protection of the EU financial interests equivalent to that offered by legal persons.
  • EU bodies (with the exception of the European Commission Joint Research Centre) can NOT be part of the consortium.
  • Entities composed of members may participate as ‘sole beneficiaries’ or ‘beneficiaries without legal personality'. Please note that if the action will be implemented by the members, they should also participate (either as beneficiaries or as affiliated entities, otherwise their costs will NOT be eligible).

other eligibility criteria

  • Activities must take place in any of the eligible countries.
  • The EU grant applied for cannot be lower than EUR 50 000.
  • Projects can be either national or transnational.
  • Financial support to third parties is not allowed.

Additional information


Demographic Change, European Citizenship, Migration, 
Education & Training, Children & Youth, Media, 
Equal Rights, Human Rights, People with Disabilities, Social Inclusion

Relevance for EU Macro-Region

EUSAIR - EU Strategy for the Adriatic and Ionian Region, EUSALP - EU Strategy for the Alpine Space, EUSBSR - EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region, EUSDR - EU Strategy for the Danube Region

UN Sustainable Development Goals (UN-SDGs)

project duration

between 12 and 24 months

Additional Information

Proposals must be submitted electronically via the Funding & Tenders Portal Electronic Submission System (accessible via the Topic page in the Search Funding & Tenders section). Paper submissions are NOT possible.

Proposals (including annexes and supporting documents) must be submitted using the forms provided inside the Submission System (NOT the documents available on the Topic page — they are only for information).

Proposals must be complete and contain all the requested information and all required annexes and supporting documents:

  • Application Form Part A — contains administrative information about the participants (future coordinator, beneficiaries and affiliated entities) and the summarised budget for the project (to be filled in directly online)
  • Application Form Part B — contains the technical description of the project (to be downloaded from the Portal Submission System, completed and then assembled and re-uploaded)
  • Part C contains additional project data and the project’s contribution to EU programme key performance indicators (to be filled in directly online)
  • mandatory annexes (to be uploaded):
    • lump sum calculator
  • supporting documents (to be uploaded):
    • list of previous projects (key projects for the last 4 years) (template available in Part B). Not applicable for newly established organisations
    • CVs (standard) of core project team: for private non-profit organisations only (under other annexes).
    • for any of the participants implementing activities involving children (youngsters below the age of 18): public entities must sign and attach a declaration on honour (template to be provided upon request by; private non-profit entities must submit their child protection policy covering the four areas described in the Keeping Children Safe Child Safeguarding Standards
    • If the project is supported by a public authority, annex the Letter of support.

Proposals are limited to maximum 70 pages (Part B).


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