EU and us
I am back with very brief information about the EU programmes that I found.
I started with the volunteering part, presenting as well a bit about the Romanian context so we can compare it with Spain and in the end, we realized that there aren’t much differences.
As I myself am in a volunteering project, I opted to share more information about volunteering programmes, including European Solidarity Corps and the project through which I am in Murcia.
We then continued with the long list of funding opportunities. Here’s a tiny bit about what you can find out there:
European Solidarity Corps (ESC) – volunteering, traineeships and job opportunities for youth
Interreg Volunteering Youth – developing the regions of EU
EU Aid Volunteers (EUAid) – volunteering and developing the third world countries
Erasmus+ (E+) – education, youth, training and sports (contribution to Europe 2020)
The Financial instrument for democracy and human rights (IEDDH) – development and consolidation of democracy and human rights
Civic Society Organizations and Local Authorities (OSC-AL) – strengthening the civic society organisations and the local authorities
Global Public Goods and Challenges (GPGC) – consolidates the cooperation, capacity and exchange of knowledge and experiences for eradicating the poverty, for the social cohesion and sustainable development in associated countries
Europe for Citizens – understanding of the EU, foster EU citizenship, improve conditions of civic and democratic participation at EU level
The Employment and Social Innovation (EaSI) – promote high level of quality and sustainable employment
Horizon 2020 – research and innovation
Creative Europe – supporting the cultural, creative and audiovisual areas
Life – protecting the environment and climate actions
Consumer – protecting, informing and educating the consumers
Copernicus – Earth monitoring and special researches
COSME – improving the competitiveness of enterprises (mainly SME)
Customs 2020 – creating and exchanging information and expertise to improve the functionality of EU borders
Fiscalis 2020 – improving the functionality of the taxing systems in EU
Galileo and Egnos – improving and completing the satellite navigation systems
Health – cooperation between UE countries and defining and implementing activities in the health system
Hercule II – protecting the financial interests of EU through combating the fraud, corruption and financial illegal activities
Justice – international human rights are promoted and protected
Rights, Equality and Citizenship – consolidating the gender equality, fighting discrimination and racism
Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) – supporting the implementation of projects with European interest like new infrastructure and services and improving the current ones, in areas like transportation, telecommunication and energy
European Structural and Investment Funds – consists of 5 branches:
European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) – promotes balanced development in the different regions of EU
European Social Fund (ESF) – employment-related projects and investment in human capital
Cohesion Fund (CF) – transport and environment for less developed countries of the EU
European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD) – resolving challenges of the rural areas
European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF) – sustainable fishing practices and support to the coastal communities to diversify their economy
The presentation I had for ACDC members was rather long but full of excitement every time a new programme came across. Many ideas and desires were revealed and I’m sure the team will start moving soon towards EU direction.
Bear in mind that the majority of these programmes have the ending cycle in 2020 (2014-2020), however the good news is the chances are the next cycle of 2021-2028 won't bring important changes so start reading.
I encourage you greatly to follow the material I prepared, as well as official website europa.eu for all the details about these funds. If you don’t dare organising something on your own, at least make sure you know about the opportunities you can take advantage of as a beneficiary.