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Main Objective

The objective of the Citizens, Equality, Rights and Values programme is to protect and promote rights and values as enshrined in the EU Treaties and the Charter of Fundamental Rights, in particular by supporting civil society organisations active at local, regional, national and transnational level.

Structure of the programme

The programme is based on four strands:

The programme supports civil society organizations active at local, regional and transnational level in promoting and cultivating Union rights, thereby also strengthening the protection and promotion of Union values and the respect for the rule of law while contributing to the construction of a more democratic Union, democratic dialogue, transparency and good governance.

Les projets soutenus promeuvent les droits, la non-discrimination, l’égalité, y compris l’égalité des sexes, et font progresser l’intégration de la dimension de genre et de la non-discrimination. Les projets dans ce domaine :

  • prevent and combat inequalities and discrimination on grounds of sex, racial or ethnic origin, religion or belief, disability, age or sexual orientation and foster the respect for the principle of non-discrimination on the grounds provided for in Article 21 of the EU Charter;
  • promote women’s full enjoyment of rights, gender equality, including work-life balance, women’s empowerment and gender mainstreaming;
  • combat all forms of discrimination, racism, xenophobia, afrophobia, antisemitism, anti-gypsism, anti-muslim hatred, and other forms of intolerance, including homophobia and other forms of intolerance based on gender identity both online and offline;
  • protect and promote the rights of the child, awareness raising of children rights in judicial proceedings, capacity-building of child protection systems;
  • protect and promote the rights of persons with disabilities, for their active inclusion and full participation in society;
  • tackle the challenges related to the protection of personal data and data protection reform, as well as to support the stakeholder dialogue in this area;
  • support the efforts to enable people to exercise their rights as EU citizens and enforce free movement rights, as well as tackling the abuse of those rights.

Supported projects promote citizens engagement and participation in the democratic life of the Union and exchanges between citizens of different Member States and to raise awareness of the common European history.

Projects in this area will:

  • remember, research and educate about defining events in recent European history, including the causes and consequences of authoritarian and totalitarian regimes, and at raising awareness among European citizens, of their common history, culture, cultural heritage and values, thereby enhancing their understanding of the Union, its origins, purpose and diversity;
  • promote citizensand representative associations’ participation in and contribution to the democratic and civic life of the Union by making known and publicly exchanging their views in all areas on Union action;
  • promote exchanges between citizens of different countries, in particular through town-twinning and networks of towns, so as to afford them practical experience of the wealth and diversity of the common heritage of the Union and to make them aware that these constitute the foundation for a common future.

supported projects aim to prevent violence, including gender-based violence.

Projects in this area will:

  • prevent and combat at all levels all forms of gender-based violence against women and girls and domestic violence, also by promoting the standards laid down in the Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence (the Istanbul Convention);
  • prevent and combat all forms of violence against children, young people, as well as violence against other groups at risk, such as LGBTQI persons and persons with disabilities;
  • support and protect all direct and indirect victims of such violence, such as domestic violence exerted within the family or violence in intimate relationships, including children orphaned by domestic crimes, while supporting and ensuring the same level of protection throughout the Union for victims of gender-based violence.

Calls for proposals

Please find the current calls for proposals here.


The deadlines for the different calls are spread over the whole year. Please check the EU offers and funding portal!

Point of Contact :

Your point of contact in Luxembourg will be able to help you with the formalities!

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Responsible person: Philippe Ternes

(+352) 691 106 906

(+352) 24 77 52 72



Your contact point can:

  • help you find partners in Luxembourg and other countries
  • help you find projects in which you can participate as a partner
  • assist you during the drafting of your application and the development of your project
  • assist you during the dissemination of your results

In addition, you have the opportunity to participate in the online or offline events of the contact point in order to learn about the latest priorities and to meet other committed people!

CERV Citizens’ Debates are one such opportunity, giving you the chance to learn about funding modalities and find partners for your projects or projects to participate in as a partner!

De plus, vous avez l’opportunité de participer aux événements en ligne ou hors-ligne du point de contact (par exemple les CERV Citizens’ Debates) afin d’apprendre sur les dernières priorités et de rencontrer d’autres personnes engagées !


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