The aim is to support Member States' efforts to address challenges arising from intra-EU mobility whilst also promoting and facilitating the effective exercise of the free movement rights by EU citizens and their family members.
Actions are needed to support and enhance the democratic participation of mobile EU citizens, particularly underrepresented groups such as women and young people:
- inclusion policies / best practices which do not solely focus on one profile of EU mobile citizens but take into account both the different needs of these EU citizens as well as the challenges big/smaller cities, are facing when welcoming EU mobile citizens (e.g. housing, schooling, inclusion to the job market, involvement in community decision-making and volunteering etc.) and which promote multiculturalism;
- ways of fostering and supporting engagement in public debate (including through e.g. access to cross-border political information and facilitation of access to local political information) and participation in local and EU elections, including of young people, women and EU citizens living in another EU country than their own. This can be achieved through digital, interactive, innovative tools and/or best practices (debates, campaigns, initiatives, information, events, administrative practice etc.);
- best practices/toolkits for newly arriving EU mobile citizens and their families, including on helping them settle down, find a job/training, participate in democratic life in the local community and create links in/with the local community;
- dissemination of practical information and advice on what are the rights, including voting rights, and responsibilities of EU mobile citizens in a given country/region/city and assistance in seeing them through.
The initial duration of the projects should not exceed 24 months. No grant may be awarded retrospectively for actions already completed.
List of eligible countries:
The Member States (MS) of the European Union (EU), including their overseas departments, and Iceland.
Proposals from applicants in a candidate or associated countries may be selected provided that, on the date of award, agreements have entered into force setting out the arrangements for the participation of those countries in the programme.
Should a candidate or associated country join the programme during the call process, a notification will be posted on the Participant Portal.
Note: For British applicants and partners: 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, you will cease to receive EU funding (while continuing, where possible, to participate) or be required to leave the project on the basis of Article 34 of the grant agreement.
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The deadline for submitting applications is April the 26th 2018 at17h Brussels time.