Wave of protests among various civil society organisations regarding the severe cut in the new Europe for citizens programme.July 18, 2013
Funding Scheme: 2013-07-18
Pgm2014 2020: Yes
The European Year of Citizens Alliance (EYCA), of which ALDA is a promoter, started the process of addressing an open letter to EU Heads of States and Governments on the future of the ‘Europe for Citizens’ Programme.
The letter aims at publicising civil society organisations’ opinion on the Council’s proposal of severe budget cuts (a reduction of 23% over the next seven years) in the ‘Europe for Citizens’ programme.
In a time when citizens are expressing a growing distrust in EU Institutions and policies, and while the EU celebrates the European Year of Citizens in 2013 – with the lowest ever dedicated budget for a European Year, we believe this proposal is a counterproductive response to budgetary challenges.
Only a properly funded ‘Europe for Citizens’ programme for the 2014 – 2020 timeframe would serve to properly recognise and support the role that civil society organisations play in the construction of the European project as envisaged in article 11 of the Lisbon Treaty.
Link : read the open letter
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