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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.

In its first phase, the European Solidarity Corps, the new EU initiative which aims at giving young people across the EU the opportunity to volunteer where help is needed and to respond to crisis situations, will build on existing EU programmes including the Europe for Citizens programme. In this context, project promoters are encouraged to make use of the European Solidarity Corps. 
Promoters making use of members of the European Solidarity Corps must comply with the requirements laid down by the European Solidarity Corps Charter, including the requirement relating to the insurance of the members. Indeed, within the framework of the Europe for Citizens Programme, the Agency does not provide directly or indirectly an insurance coverage to the volunteers/members used by the promoters for their projects. It is therefore for each promoter to ensure that the volunteers/members they are making use of are properly insured for their activities. 

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
- integrate a range of activities around the subject(s) of common interest to be addressed in the context of the Programme’s objectives or multiannual priorities;
- 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

The applicants and partners must be either public bodies or non-profit organisations with legal personality.
A project must involve municipalities from at least 4 eligible countries of which at least one is an EU Member State. 

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.
The Programme is potentially open to the following categories of countries provided that they have signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Commission:
 a) acceding countries, candidate countries and potential candidates, in accordance with the general principles and general terms and conditions for the participation of those countries in Union programmes established in the respective Framework Agreements, Association Council Decisions or similar Agreements;
b) the EFTA countries party to the EEA Agreement, in accordance with the provisions of that Agreement. 

- 1 March 2017, 12:00 CET, for projects starting between 1 July and 31 December of the same year as the deadline.
- 1 September 2017,12:00 CET, 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