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Europe for Citizens: Strand 2: Democratic engagement and civic participation-Town Twinning


Town twinning is aimed at activities that involve or promote direct exchanges between European citizens through their participation in town twinning activities and encourage networking and cooperation between twinned towns. The measure Town twinning is the first Measure of the Strand 2. Democratic engagement and civic participation within the 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.

Strand 2. Democratic engagement and civic participation is directed at activities covering civic participation, focusing in particular on European Union policies.Initiatives developing opportunities for mutual understanding, intercultural learning, solidarity, societal engagement and volunteering at EU level. 

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.

2.1. Town twinning
Town twinning  supports projects bringing together citizens from twinned towns to debate on concrete issues from the European political agenda. They will develop opportunities  for societal engagement and volunteering at EU level.

Town twinning projects must:
 - involve municipalities from at least two participating countries, from which at least one is an EU Member State;
 - a project must involve a minimum of 25 invited participants, coming from the invited municipalities;
 - take place in any of the eligible countries participating to the project.

The maximum accepted duration of the meeting is 21 days.
The maximum grant to be awarded is EUR 25,000 per project.

Eligible applicants:
Towns/municipality or their twinning committees or other non-profit organisations representing local authorities.

Participating 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 of the same year of the deadline and 31 March of the year after the deadline.
- 1 September 2017, 12:00 CET, for projects starting between 1 January and 30 September 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