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European Remembrance

The strand1. European remembrance projects within the Europe for Citizens’ 2014-2020 programme supports activities fostering a common culture of remembrance and mutual understanding between citizens from different EU Member States, notably by supporting projects that reflect on historical turning points and changes in regimes in Europe’s 20th century and on their continuous importance for the Europe of today.

The strand also concerns other defining moments and reference points in recent European history. Preference will be given to projects encouraging tolerance, mutual understanding, intercultural dialogue and reconciliation as a means of moving beyond the past and building the future, in particular with a view to reaching the younger generation. It will also support projects promoting the role of Europe’s cultural heritage as a pivotal element of cultural diversity, and intercultural dialogue and local heritage linked to European memory.

In 2020, specific priorities for European Remembrance are:
– 1950 Robert Schuman Declaration;
– 1990 German reunification and democratic transition of other countries in Europe;
2000 Proclamation of the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights.

Volunteering is an essential element in active citizenship: by giving one’s time for the benefit of others, volunteers service their community and play an active role in society. They develop the sense of belonging to a community thereby also gaining ownership. Volunteering is therefore a particularly powerful means to develop citizens’ commitment to their society and to its political life. Civil society organisations, associations of a European general interest, town twinning associations and other participating organisations often rely on volunteer work to carry out and to develop their activities. Therefore, particular attention is paid to the promotion of volunteering, in particular through the European Solidarity Corps. In its first phase, the European Solidarity Corps, the new EU initiative which aims at giving young people across the EU the opportunity to volunteer where help is needed and to respond to crisis situations, will build on existing EU programmes including the Europe for Citizens programme. In this context, project promoters are encouraged to make use of the European Solidarity Corps. 
Promoters making use of members of the European Solidarity Corps must comply with the requirements laid down by the European Solidarity Corps Charter, including the requirement relating to the insurance of the members. Indeed, within the framework of the Europe for Citizens Programme, the Agency does not provide directly or indirectly an insurance coverage to the volunteers/members used by the promoters for their projects. It is therefore for each promoter to ensure that the volunteers/members they are making use of are properly insured for their activities. 
All the eligible countries within the Europe for Citizens programme can participate to the European Solidarity Corps initiative.

Projects under this strand should
– Include different types of organisations (local authorities, NGOs, research institutes etc.)
– Develop different types of activities (research, exhibitions, public debates, non-formal education etc.)
– Involve citizens from different target groups
– Be implemented on a transnational level, or with a clear European dimension

Eligible applicants must be:
–  public local/regional authorities or non-profit organisations, including civil society organisations, survivors’ associations, and cultural, youth, educational and research
organisations, associations of twinned towns.
Number of Partners:
A project must involve organisations from at least one Member State. Preference is given to transnational projects.

Maximum eligible grant for a project: 100 000 EUR.
The activities must take place in any of the eligible countries.
The project must start within the relevant eligibility period.
Maximum project duration is 18 months.

Participating countries
– 28 EU Member States: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom;
– Albania, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Republic of North Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia and Kosovo.

For British applicants: please be aware that eligibility criteria must be complied with for the entire duration of the grant. If the United Kingdom withdraws from the EU during the grant period without concluding an agreement with the EU ensuring in particular that British applicants continue to be eligible, British applicants will cease to receive EU funding (while continuing, where possible, to participate) or be required to leave the project.

The Programme is potentially open to the following categories of countries provided that they have signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Commission:
a) acceding countries, candidate countries and potential candidates, in accordance with the general principles and general terms and conditions for the participation of those countries in Union programmes established in the respective Framework Agreements, Association Council Decisions or similar Agreements;
b) the EFTA countries party to the EEA Agreement, in accordance with the provisions of that Agreement. 

Deadline: 4 February 2020, 17:00, Brussels time, for projects starting between 1st September 2020 and 28th February 2021.


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For more information, please contact the Europe for Citizens Point in your country.