Annual Programme of Grants - Programme annuel des Subventions
European Parliament / Parlement européen
DG Communication


Annual Work Programme for Grants 2011

Indicative overall budget for this programme: 5.000.000 €

1. Objectives of the programme:

The European Parliament plays an active and important role in drafting legislation: For example, on environmental protection, consumer rights, equal opportunities, transport, and the free movement of workers, capital, services and goods. Parliament also has joint power with the Council over the annual budget of the European Union.

The European Parliament is a major and powerful player in European Union decision making and the votes taken in this Institution shape final European legislation that influence the everyday lives of European citizens. They cover issues from the food on our plates, to the quality of the air we breathe and the safety of the toys that our children play with. The European Parliament is an ardent defender of Human rights, consumer rights, equal opportunities and environmental protection.

The aim of this notice is to bring to your attention a Call for Proposals which will be published in the next days on the Europarl website of the European Parliament. Its aim is to find suitable projects from Member-State organisations which aim to enhance understanding of the role of the European Parliament and how it functions, which encourage a wider public interest and participation in the decisional process, and which provide a platform for those citizens to raise issues which are important to them.

THEME 2011

The European Parliament, Council and the European Commission attach the utmost importance to improving communication on EU issues in order to enable citizens to exercise their right to participate in the democratic life of the Union and to enable them to exercise their right to express their views. Whilst respecting the individual responsibility of each Institution and Member-State for its own communication strategy, the three Institutions together, identify common communication priorities each year. "Driving the economic recovery and mobilising new sources of growth" is the priority area in 2010-2011. (Follow up to the 2009 priority "EU's response to the financial crisis and economic slowdown")

The European Union is experiencing the most serious social and economic crisis in its history. The crisis is undermining what have to date been its core components, from the internal market to competition policy and the stability and growth pact. As confirmed by recent Eurobarometer surveys, the major concerns of European citizens relate to the economic situation and the repercussions impacting on all aspects of the daily lives of millions of Europeans.

Following the 2009 European elections, the European Parliament created a specific temporary Committee, the 'Financial, Economic and Social Crisis Committee' (CRIS), Its mandate is to "analyse and evaluate the extent of the financial, economic and social crisis, its impact on the Union and its Member States, and the state of world governance, and to propose appropriate measures".

Together with the Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs (ECON), whose legislative responsibility is extended to "the economic and monetary policies of the Union, the functioning of Economic and Monetary Union, the European monetary and financial system, and the regulation and supervision of financial services, institutions and markets", these two committees of the European Parliament are, together with other EU institutions, working to assist and co-ordinate measures taken by the Member-States to support sustainable growth, with a larger view to combating unemployment and to respond to global-scale challenges such as those relating to climate change and demographic trend.

Recognising that the success of policy-making depends on having on board all relevant players, the Crisis Committee is charged with establishing the necessary contacts with the European Institutions, national, European and international institutions and forums, national parliaments and governments of the Member States and of third countries, representatives of the scientific community, business and civil society, including the social partners, and to work in close collaboration with the standing committees.

Proposals for projects will specifically address this subject and provide information and explanation of the issues at stake and under discussion at European level, with particular emphasis on the role played by the European Parliament as democratically elected representative of European citizens across the 27 Member-States.


2. Implementation of the programme and indicative time schedule:

  • A call for proposals will be published on the internet site of the European Parliament providing full details of the type of projects which may be considered for the award of a grant by DG Communication and details of the criteria on which the proposals received will be evaluated. The call for proposals will set out the detailed arrangements for submission of proposals and the application form to be used by interested parties wishing to apply for a grant. (Published in July 2010. The deadline for receipt of proposals will be 18 October 2010).

  • Proposals received by the closing date will be evaluated by an evaluation committee, according to the criteria published. Those proposals deemed most worthy will be selected for the award of a grant. (Mid December 2010).

  • All unsuccessful applicants will be notified of the reasons for the rejection of their proposal and successful applicants will be offered a grant agreement for signature. (Mid January 2011).

2.1. Categories for 2011:

1) Co-financing Television programmes.

2) Co-financing Radio programmes.

3) 2) Co-financing Website activities.

3. Procedure:

Applications submitted, in due form, and according to the instructions indicated in the published call for proposals will be evaluated in three stages by an evaluation committee. Proposals which successfully pass the exclusion criteria will be assessed according to the selection criteria. Subsequently proposals passing the selection criteria will be evaluated according to the award criteria.

The European Parliament has Information Offices in each Member-State capital city as well as five satellite offices. These offices will publicise this call for proposals on their websites and provide a link to the application procedures.

THIS NOTICE PROVIDES ADVANCE NOTIFICATION OF A FUTURE PUBLICATION

THE CALL FOR PROPOSALS OF DG COMMUNICATION OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT WILL BE PUBLISHED ON THE EUROPARL WEBSITE WITHIN THE NEXT DAYS AND IS OPEN TO PROJECTS WHICH WILL COMMENCE ON THE 1/2/2011 AT THE EARLIEST AND WHICH WILL BE COMPLETED BY 31/3/2012 AT THE LATEST.