26 Civil society networks, organisations with European outreach, associations of local and regional government and think tanks have written a common letter to the European Commission in order to trigger a dialogue on the future of the Europe for Citizens Programme.
Through its two strands on European Remembrance and Democratic Engagement and Civic participation, the Europe for Citizens Programme allows for a diversity of citizens to be heard and contributes to the construction of the European Union from a bottom-up perspective.
Being aware of the current discussions on simplification and synergies between different EU programmes, it is critical that these dimension are integrated into future funding and that access to smaller organisations and bottom up initiatives, as well as support for civil society development is maintained. Citizenship needs to be at the core of the future EU not only from the perspective of the rights associated to EU citizenship but also to strengthen critical reflection, active participation and engagement from a bottom-up perspective.
Please find here the Letter