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Rights, Equality and Citizenship Programme adopted by EU Parliament and Council

[Vienna, 10 December 2013, Press Release from the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights]. The Rights, Equality and Citizenship Programme has been adopted for the period 2014 – 2020, from which also civil society organisations will be able to benefit. The text of the Regulation will be soon available in the official journal of the EU (please find herewith the final version adopted by the Council)

The Programme will have a budget of 439,473 million Euros aimed at financing actions to promote the rights of European citizens, the principles of non-discrimination and equality between women and men, the right to protection of personal data, the rights of the child and consumers’ rights. It will include among the Programme’s objectives the prevention and fight against racism, xenophobia and homophobia, the rights of persons with disabilities, as well as the protection of victims of violence.

Access to funding

Among others also Civil Society and NGOs will have access to funding. The programme will finance actions with European added value, including national and small-scale projects. Actions that can be supported include awareness-raining campaigns, training activities (such as workshops and seminars), collection of data, surveys and cross-border cooperation.

The allocation of funds will be organised by the European Commission (EC). We will inform you in more detail about the application process as soon as the EC has opened the call for application.

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