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CERV – Citizens’ engagement and participation – 2022

The Citizens, Equality, Rights and Values Programme aims to sustain and develop open, rights-based, democratic, equal and inclusive societies based on the rule of law, to protect and promote rights and values as enshrined in the EU Treaties and the Charter of Fundamental Rights.

17,471,295 euro

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Institution European Commission
Regions European Economic Area, European Union

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Priorities and funded actions


  • To promote citizens’ and representative associations’ participation in and contribution to the democratic and civic life of the Union by making known and publicly exchanging their views in all areas on Union action;
  • To support projects promoted by transnational partnerships and networks directly involving citizens;
  • To support the European democracy action plan, the EU Citizenship report 2020, and the Strategy to strengthen the application of the Charter of Fundamental Rights in the EU.


  • Priority 1: The 2024 European Parliament elections, with further efforts needed to promote the participation of citizens in the elections;
  • Priority 2: Exploring how the COVID-19 crisis has affected the democratic debate and the enjoyment of fundamental rights;
  • Priority 3: Innovative democratic approaches and tools to help citizens make their voices heard and publicly exchange views on all areas of EU action, notably digital tools (‘e-democracy’);
  • Priority 4: Countering disinformation and other forms of interference in the democratic debate;
  • Priority 5: Engaging citizens and communities in discussions and action related to our climate and environment.

Among financed actions

  • Promoting societal engagement through debates, campaigns, awareness-rising, conferences, workshops etc. on the themes relevant to call priorities and providing a link to the European political agenda and policy making process;
  • Gathering the opinions of individuals through a bottom-up approach (including use of social networks, webinars etc.) and media literacy;
  • Promoting exchanges between EU citizens on EU-related topics to foster a better understanding of different perspectives.

Additional information

  • This call for proposals is an open call for proposals.
  • Initial duration of the action: between 12 and 24 months.


  • Be a legal person;
  • Be a public or private entity;
  • For the applicant: be a private non-profit organisation with legal personality (civil society organisations, educational cultural or research institutions);
  • For the partners: be either a non-profit organisation with legal personality or public local/regional authorities;
  • A consortium composed of at least three entities, established in at least three different EU Member States or associated countries to the programme must be constituted.
  • Amount of the grant: 17,471,295 euro

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