Today, the European Commission adopted a proposal for a new ‘Europe for Citizens’ programme that aims to increase citizens’ awareness and understanding of the European Union.
The programme, which runs from 2014 to 2020 and has a budget of €229 million, will support activities to increase awareness and citizens’ understanding of the EU, its values and history, such as the remembrance of Europe’s past and partnerships between cities (town-twinning).
It will also help people become more engaged in civic and democratic activities through debates and discussions on EU-related issues.
The current ‘Europe for Citizens’ programme 2007-2013 already provides a legal framework to support a wide range of activities and organisations promoting European citizenship.
As part of helping citizens become aware of the different aspects of European citizenship, the new ‘Europe for Citizens’ programme will support think tanks, citizens’ groups and other civil society organisations.
In addition, it will promote better understanding of the EU, its history and values, and knowledge of the impact of EU policies on their daily lives.
Under the remembrance part of the programme, citizens engage in a reflection on the history of European integration, its identity and its goals.
The new programme will complement the [ http://europa.eu/rapid/pressReleasesAction.do?reference=IP/10/1390 ]Commission’s Citizenship Report 2010 and its proposal to designate 2013 as the ‘European Year of Citizens’.