An interesting little document arrives in the inbox.
The European Commission has so few friends that it's willing to pay people who will make nice noises about it.
1.1. General Programme objectives
The Programme ‘Europe for Citizens’ (2007-2013) is intended
to contribute to the following general objectives:
(a) giving citizens the opportunity to interact and participate in
constructing an ever closer Europe, which is democratic and
world-oriented, united in and enriched through its cultural
diversity, thus developing citizenship of the European
(b) developing a sense of European identity, based on common
values, history and culture;
(c) fostering a sense of ownership of the European Union
among its citizens;
(d) enhancing mutual understanding between European citizens
respecting and promoting cultural and linguistic diversity,
while contributing to intercultural dialogue.
1.2. Specific call objectives
The specific objectives of this call for proposals are:
(a) to foster action, debate and reflection related to European
citizenship and democracy, shared values, common history
and culture through cooperation within civil society organisations
at European level;
(b) to encourage interaction between citizens and civil society
organisations from all participating countries, contributing
to intercultural dialogue and bringing to the fore both
Europe's diversity and unity, with particular attention to
activities aimed at developing closer ties between citizens
from Member States which acceded to the European Union
before and those which have acceded since 30 April 2004.
Under the terms of the call, an organisation should focus on at
least one of those specific objectives (see point 2.2.1 of the
full text of the call for proposals).
They're willing to pay €600,000 a year for this service as well.
That's an awful lot of our money being spent on propaganda now, isn't it?