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Europe for Citizens: Strand 2: Democratic engagement and civic participation - Networks of Towns


Network of towns is aimed at providing funding to municipalities and associations working together on a common theme in a long term perspective, and wishing to develop networks of towns to make their cooperation more sustainable.
The measure Network of towns is the second Measure of the Strand 2. Democratic engagement and civic participation within the
Europe for Citizens 2014-2020 programme. This strand aims to foster European citizenship and improve conditions for civic and democratic participation at EU level, to encourage democratic participation of citizens at EU level and to support concrete participation in the EU policy-making process.

Thematic networking between municipalities on issues of common interest enables informed discussions and exchange of good practice.
The potential of the networks created by a series of town twinning links should be used for developing thematic and long-lasting cooperation between towns. The European Commission supports the development of such networks, which are important for ensuring structured, intense and multifaceted cooperation.

2.2 Networks of Towns are expected to
-  present projects which integrate a range of activities (such as citizens' meetings, expert workshops and conferences within the network) around the same subject.
-  have defined target groups for which the selected themes are particularly relevant and involve community members active in the subject area (i.e. experts, local associations, citizens and citizens’ groups directly affected by the theme, etc.);
-  serve as a basis for future initiatives and actions between the towns involved, on the issues addressed or possibly on further issues of common interest.

Projects must:
foresee at least four events
involve municipalities from at least four participating countries, of which at least one is an EU Member State
have a minimum of 30% of international participants coming from the invited municipalities
the maximum project duration is 24 months;
the project must start within the relevant eligibility period, which depends on the deadline of the Measure within which the application is submitted.

The maximum grant to be awarded is EUR 150,000 per project.

Eligible applicants
towns/municipalities and twinning committees
local and regional governments
federantion/association of local authorities
non-profit organisations representing local authorities

non-profit civil society organisations

Particpating countries
28 EU Member States: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom.
- EFTA countries, the acceding countries, candidate countries and potential candidate countries are eligible, provided that have signed a memorandum of understanding with the European Commission.
- Serbia, Montenegro, and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.

- 1 March 2016, 12:00 (CET/CEST, Brussels time), for projects starting between 1 July and 31 December of the same year as the deadline.
- 1 September 2016, (CET/CEST, Brussels time), for projects starting between 1 January and 30 June of the year after the deadline.

Find out more:

For more information, please contact the Europe for Citizens Point in your country.


EACEA- Unit C1 Europe for Citizens
1049 Brussels - Belgium