The European Civic Forum (ECF) has launched its annual European Democratic Citizenship Awards to celebrate civic engagement and reward civil society initiatives and actors that give real substance to democratic citizenship, bring about social innovation and positive change in the life of the local, regional, national or European communities.
The nomination process of this first edition is over and the votes are now open! Help ECF choose this year’s winners by casting your vote for the campaign, NGO, personality and citizen media of the year!
For more information on the awards and the different categories, please visit ECF’s website.
The Romanian, Belgian, Hungarian and Swedish National Agencies for the Erasmus+: Youth in Action programme in cooperation with SALTO-Youth Participation are organising a training course on social entrepreneurship, which will take place on 9-14 June 2014 in Predeal (Romania).
Today, the Council of the European Union has unanimously adopted the Regulation setting up the 'Europe for Citizens' programme for the period 2014-2020. This EU programme offers funding support in two thematic areas:
'European Remembrance': This strand of the programme focusses on Europe as a peace project. The programme will support initiatives which reflect on the causes of the totalitarian regimes that blighted Europe's modern history, look at its other defining moments and reference points, and consider different historical perspectives. Remembering the lessons of the past is a pre-requisite for building a brighter future.
'Democratic engagement and civic participation': This part of the programme aims at strengthening the general public's understanding of how EU policies are shaped today. It also fosters the close involvement of civil society in European policy-making. Citizens' organisations can draw on funding to encourage and develop the responsible, democratic civic engagement of the general public in the processes of European integration.
The ‘Partnership Ideas’ campaign endorses organisations working for the benefit of their communities and in need of partner support, promotes products and services delivered by social enterprises that companies could include in their supply chains and advertises opportunities for employees to engage in volunteer work. It also makes it easier for companies to locate partners for their CSR activities and get involved in the communities in which they work.
So far the list of participants includes: The Good Bag, Propozitiv, Šajk Šami, Our House (Naša kuća), Koba Yagi, Let's Live Together (Živimo zajedno), Daj Daj, eko BaG, Youth Business Serbia, Liceulice, BioIdea soaps, Sister&me, Halfway There (Na pola puta), Centar Inventiva, Junior Achievement Serbia, Atina, Belgrade Flower Festival, and Here's a Hand (Evo ruka). All of these organisations and social enterprises are in need of company support, which could be achieved through a contribution with products, expert support from company employees, financial assistance, product purchases, etc.
The ‘partnership Ideas’ campaign is a part of a wider initiative to promote and stimulate cross-sector cooperation, carried out by Smart Kolektiv and the Business Leaders Forum Serbia, with support from USAID and the Institute for Sustainable Communities through the Civil Society Forward program. Within this initiative, selected social enterprises and organizations were already given the opportunity to present their ideas at the Partnership Fair in December, as well as in the publication created on that occasion.