New EU programmes for the period 2014-2020: Adoption of the the ”Justice Programme” and the ”Rights, Equality and Citizenship Programme”

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europe-drapeauParis, January 2014 – The European Parliament and the Council adopted in December 2013 the ”Justice Programme” and the ”Rights, Equality and Citizenship Programme”. Both programmes, which are managed by the Directorate General Justice of the European Commission, will offer support to institutions working in the fields of justice, fundamental rights and equal opportunities.

The overall aim of the Justice Programme is to help create a truly European area of Justice, based on mutual trust. It will promote judicial cooperation in civil and criminal matters, help train judges, prosecutors and other legal professionals, and support EU action to tackle drugs. The Justice Programme is the successor of three current funding programmes (Civil Justice, Criminal Justice and Drug Prevention and Information Programmes). The budget for this programme is EUR 378 million over the period 2014-2020.

The Rights, Equality and Citizenship Programme focuses on gender equality, on all forms of discrimination and on the fight against racism. It will also continue to provide funding for Roma inclusion. The promotion of children’s rights and fighting violence against women, young people and children will also be funded by this Programme. The Rights, Equality and Citizenship Programme will replace three current funding programmes (Fundamental Rights and Citizenship, Daphne III and two strands of the Progress Programme – Anti-discrimination and Gender Equality). The proposed budget for this programme is EUR 439 million over the period 2014-2020.

The first calls should be launched in April 2014. Efus will publicise these calls on our web page ‘EU calls for proposals’, which is reserved to our members.