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Project „European Civil Resource Centres „ was approved!

posted Oct 23, 2012, 4:45 AM by Astrid Mats   [ updated Oct 23, 2012, 5:04 AM ]
Project „European Civil Resource Centres „ was approved!

Duration: 01/01/2013-22/12/2013


IDA Network, Bulgaria -applicant

European Federation of Mentoring for Girls and Women, Austria

Biedrība „Solis Tuvāk”, Latvia

Društvo za razvoj podeželja LAZ, Slovenia

Asociatia pentru Educatie Permanenta in Mediul Rural, Romania

FONDACA – Active Citizenship Foundation, Italy


Main aim:

The goal of the project is to foster the development of a stimulating environment for increased citizen participation on the national and European level through improved citizen organizations' capacity and the establishment of effective civil society infrastructures. The specific aim of the project is to create Citizen Resource Centers that will gradually develop into a common European citizen’s centre. They will have the characteristics of a civic resource centre on European matters, assisting the process of civic capacity building for effective participation in the European policy-making process.


The ACTION foresees 7 steps, having impact both at the local and at the European level. Following the partnership building phase, the process is planned as follows:

1. Training Course for citizen moderators

The training will be split into two phases:1) 2days will be focused on training and providing participants with the necessary and relevant information (methodical instructions), knowledge, skills and competencies to act as citizen moderators at the local level;2) the 3rd day will be focused onthe construction,management and operation ofcivil societyresource centers.

2. Setting-up of the 7 national and 1 European resources centres

At the local level, each partner, in strict cooperation with the moderators trained at the beginning of the project, will promote a process aiming at setting-up the national virtual (web) and real resource centres . Some of the activities of the resources centres: creation of a web site, creation of national networks - min. 100 organisations per country, workshops, presentations of the Programme, technical and resource help, intercultural activities, etc.

3. Local Workshops promoted by the resource centers

The local workshops aim at providing for the activity of the civic resource centres (virtual and real) and the popularization of the “EFC” Program. Schedule of the trainings: Day 1: Presentation of the activity of the resource centres and the “Europe for Citizens” Program; Organizational development; Day 2: Management of the project cycle, good practices and management under "EFC" programme; Day 3: Opinion building (recommendations) and interaction with local and regional decision makers.  4. International meeting for citizens’ centres; 

4. 7 Open Days of the European citizen

7 open info days (1 per Country) about relevant topics for European citizens (Europe for Citizens programme, the Lisbon Treaty, EU Parliament elections in 2014, 2013 -the  European year of citizen, etc.).The aim of the info day is to stimulate a debate on issues deemed important by ordinary citizens and promoting integration and cooperation of all citizens at the local level. Methods:workshops, debates, informative sessions.

5. International meeting:

The conference will summarize all ideas and suggestions, generated throughout the local activities. 4 days: Day 1: Presentation and popularization of EFC 2014-2020:  the concept of the European Citizenship and Participation; knowledge of the EfC program. Day 2: Presentation of the activity of the resource centers established; good practices in regard to the EFC. Day 3: New ideas for prospective EFC program projects; strategies. Day 4: Network and partnerships; multiplication of the resource centers; Format: thematic seminars and round tables

6. Production Phase online and follow -up

Production Phase:it aims at finalizing the results, disseminating the output and give recommendations for the development of the resource centers and national networks. It envisages the establishment of several international teams that will work on various issues related to the multiplication of the project. Online work methods will be employed: the establishment of a web site (e-centers) for sharing, exchange of information, data, projects, programs, strategies.  Format: online

7 Evaluation and follow-up.


Project is funded by :



Action 1 - Active Citizens for Europe

Measure 2 – Citizens' projects and support measures