This programme aims at promoting understanding between the EU and its citizens, deepening our awareness of what it means to be European and developing a sense of European identity.

The programme is divided into two strands:

  • European Remembrance: inviting reflection on European cultural diversity and on common values
  • Democratic engagement and civic participation: fostering civic participation, mutual understanding, intercultural learning, solidarity, societal engagement and volunteering at EU level through three types of projects:
  • Town twinning
  • Network of towns
  • Civil society projects

The programme also provides operating grants to support organisations with a European outreach.

Beneficiaries: NGOs, associations, local and regional authorities, towns and municipalities, twinning committees…

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EU Budget

€ 187.7 million for the period 2014-2020

Financial support is awarded through annual calls for proposals with 1 March deadlines for all strands and an additional 1 September deadline for Town Twinning/Networks.

Project example

Cork County Council is a partner in the project “Shaping the Future of European Rural Villages” that brings together six partners from five different Member States. The aim of the project is to enable citizens from the rural villages involved in the project to discuss how to revive and strengthen the economies of Europe’s rural villages and shaping the future of a better European countryside.


Contact in Ireland

Deirdre Finlay, The Wheel, 48 Fleet Street, Dublin 2.


Tel: 01 4548727

Twitter: @EU4Citizens