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ACTION 1 - ACTIVE CITIZENS FOR EUROPE

"Active citizens for Europe" aims to bring together people from local communities across Europe to share and exchange experiences, opinions and values, to learn from history and to build for the future. It encourages meetings, exchanges and debates among European citizens from different countries and through different means:


MEASURE 1 - TOWN TWINNING
This measure is aimed at activities that involve or promote direct exchanges between European citizens through their participation in town twinning activities and encourage networking between twinned towns. This measure therefore covers the following two types of activity: Measure 1.1 Town Twinning Citizens' Meetings and Measure 1.2 Networks of Twinned Towns. Twinned towns must be understood in largo sense, thus referring to the towns which signed or are engaged to sign twinning agreements as well as to the towns having other forms of partnerships fostering their cooperation and cultural links.
MEASURE 1.1: TOWN TWINNING CITIZENS' MEETINGS
Town Twinning Citizens' Meetings consist in bringing together a wide range of citizens from twinned towns, taking benefit of the partnership between the municipalities for strengthening mutual knowledge and understanding between citizens and between cultures.
MEASURE 1.2: NETWORKS OF TWINNED TOWNS
Local authorities are regularly confronted with new issues and are involved in the implementation of a variety of policies, which are often linked to policy developments taken at European level. The networking between municipalities on issues of common interest appears to be an important means for enabling informed discussions and exchange of good practices. Twinning is a strong link that binds municipalities; therefore, the potential of the networks created by a series of town twinning links should be used for developing thematic and long-lasting cooperation between towns.
MEASURE 2: CITIZENS' PROJECTS AND SUPPORT MEASURES
The measure "Citizen's projects" aims at exploring innovative methodologies and approaches to encourage citizens' active participation at European level and to stimulate the dialogue between European citizens and European institutions. Under this measure a variety of projects of a transnational and cross-sectoral dimension, directly involving citizens will be supported. Priority is given to projects aimed at encouraging local level participation.
MEASURE 2.1: CITIZENS' PROJECTS
Under the Measure 2.1 Citizens' Projects, a variety of projects of a transnational and cross-sectoral dimension, directly involving citizens, can be supported. Those projects should gather citizens from different horizons, who will act together or debate on common European issues, at local and European level. Innovative methods enabling citizens' participation should be applied.
MEASURE 2.2: SUPPORT MEASURES
Under the Measure 2.1 Citizens' Projects, a variety of projects of a transnational and cross-sectoral dimension, directly involving citizens, can be supported. Those projects should gather citizens from different horizons, who will act together or debate on common European issues, at local and European level. Innovative methods enabling citizens' participation should be applied.

ACTION 2 - ACTIVE CIVIL SOCIETY IN EUROPE

MEASURE 1: STRUCTURAL SUPPORT FOR THINK-TANKS
This measure supports concrete projects initiated by Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) established in participating countries, and working at European, national, regional or local level, on issues of common interest linked with the Programme's priorities and objectives. Projects under this measure must target themes of general European interest payingparticular attention to the impact of the European policies.
MEASURE 2: STRUCTURAL SUPPORT FOR CIVIL SOCIETY ORGANISATIONS AT EUROPEAN LEVEL
MEASURE 3: SUPPORT FOR PROJECTS INITIATED BY CIVIL SOCIETY ORGANIZATIONS

The aim of this measure is to support cooperation on concrete projects of civil society organisations from different participating countries, on specific issues in relation with the objectives and priorities of the programme. A variety of organisations, established at local, regional, national or European level, can be involved.

ACTION 3 - TOGETHER FOR EUROPE

Under Action 3 grants are not available and therefore this guide does not apply to Action 3.


ACTION 4 - ACTIVE EUROPEAN REMEMBRANCE STR52E

The European Union is built on fundamental values such as freedom, democracy and respect for human rights. In order to fully appreciate their meaning, it is necessary to remember the breaches of those principles caused by Nazism and Stalinism in Europe. By commemorating the victims, by preserving the sites and archives associated with deportations, Europeans will preserve the memory of the past, including its dark sides. It is particularly important to do so now, as witnesses are progressively disappearing.


Programme Guide "Europe For Citizens"