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Network of Towns
Citizens, Equality, Rights and Values programme
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Networks of Towns will give towns and municipalities the possibility to deepen and intensify their cooperation and debate, develop sustainable networks and outline their long-term vision for the future of European integration. The Commission expects Networks of Towns to reflect on a holistic narrative for Europe, one that is people-oriented, forward-looking and constructive, and 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 specific ways to create a more democratic EU, to encourage citizens to re-engage with the EU and help them develop a stronger sense of ownership of the European project.
- To promote exchanges between citizens of different countries;
- To give citizens the opportunity to discover the cultural diversity of the European Union and to make them aware that European values and cultural heritage constitute the foundation for a common future;
- To guarantee peaceful relations between Europeans and to ensure their active participation at the local level;
- To reinforce mutual understanding and friendship between European citizens;
- To encourage cooperation between municipalities and the exchange of best practices;
- To support good local governance and reinforce the role of local and regional authorities in the European integration process.
Expected effects and impacts
- An opportunity for towns and municipalities to develop larger-scale projects in order to increase their projects’ impact and sustainability;
- Possibility for beneficiaries to develop more thematic and policy-related projects;
- Greater citizens’ engagement in society and ultimately a more active involvement of citizens in the democratic life of the Union;
- Increased awareness of and knowledge about the 30th anniversary of the entry into force of the Maastricht Treaty and the adoption of electoral laws taking into account the EU citizenship, including through high-visibility events;
- Lasting links with partner organisations;
- Greater awareness of the benefits of diversity, gender equality and the tackling of discrimination and racism;
- Increase in and encouragement of mutual understanding and acceptance of European minorities, such as Roma;
- Better information on the rights conferred by EU citizenship and their improved implementation in Member States;
- Raised awareness and better provision of information to mobile EU citizens and their family members on their EU citizenship rights.
It is expected that Networks of Towns 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.
Networks of Towns should provide towns and municipalities the possibility to deepen and intensify their cooperation and debate in a long-term perspective, to develop sustainable networks and to outline their long-term vision for the future of European integration.
Regions / countries for funding
Albania (Shqipëria), Bosnia and Herzegovina (Bosna i Hercegovina / Босна и Херцеговина), Kosovo (Kosova/Kosovë / Косово), Montenegro (Црна Гора), Serbia (Srbija/Сpбија), Ukraine (Україна)
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)
Proposals must be submitted by a consortium of at least four applicants (beneficiaries; not affiliated entities), which complies with the following conditions:
- entities are towns/municipalities and/or other levels of local authorities, their twinning committees or other non-profit organisations representing local authorities; these must come from at least 4 different eligible countries of which at least 2 are EU Member States.
In order to be eligible the applicants (beneficiaries and affiliated entities) must:
- be legal entities (public or private bodies)
- 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)
- other eligibility conditions:
- for lead applicants ‘coordinators’ and co-applicants: be non-profit making towns/municipalities and/or other levels of local authorities or their twinning committees or other non-profit organisations representing local authorities.
- activities must take place in at least two different eligible programme countries.
- the application must involve at least four applicants (lead applicant ‘coordinator’ and at least three co-applicants not being affiliated entity or associated partner) from at least four different eligible countries of which at least two are EU Member States.
- 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).
- Programme Contact Points are eligible as coordinator or beneficiary in open calls, if they have procedures to segregate the project management and the information provision functions and if they are able to demonstrate cost separation (i.e. that their project grants do not cover any costs which are covered by their other grant). This requires the following:
- use of analytical accounting which allows for a cost accounting management with cost allocation keys and cost accounting codes AND application of these keys and codes to identify and separate the costs (i.e. to allocate them to either one of the two grants)
- recording of all real costs incurred for the activities that are covered by the two grants (including the indirect costs)
- allocation of the costs in a way that leads to a fair, objective and realistic result.
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)
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 (to be filled in directly online) containing additional project data including mandatory indicators
- mandatory annexes and supporting documents (to be uploaded):
- lump sum calculator
- CVs (standard) of core project team (for private non-profit organisations only)
- activity report of last year (for private non-profit organisations only; n/a for newly established organisations)
- a letter of support signed by the Municipality (applicable to applicants and partners under the category “Non for profit organisation representing a local authority”). The document must be provided at the latest during GAP stage.
- 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 available in the Submission System); private non-profit entities must submit their child protection policy covering the four areas described in the Keeping Children Safe Child Safeguarding Standards
Proposals are limited to maximum 70 pages (Part B).
The grant will be a lump sum grant.