Citizens, Equality, Rights and
Values Programme (CERV)


The Citizens, Equality, Rights and Values (CERV) programme seeks to support and develop open, rights-based, democratic, equal and inclusive societies based on the rule of law. That includes a vibrant and empowered civil society, encouraging people’s democratic, civic and social participation and cultivating the rich diversity of European society, based on our common values, history and memory.

THE CIVICS is currently part of the two CERV projects as they align with our mission to support citizens and civic educators in addressing contemporary challenges, fostering open, democratic societies, and enhancing democratic competencies and resilience across Europe.

Ideas for Europe (I4E)

THE CIVICS Innovation Hub has recently joined the Ideas for Europe project. I4E aims to boost political participation by developing solutions for and with citizens living in peri-urban and rural areas.

Disenchantment with politics and abstention are a growing concern in democracies, with more and more Europeans blaming democracy itself for their social and economic problems. This issue is particularly acute in peri-urban and rural areas, where the Commission warns that 39% of surveyed citizens feel left behind by society and politicians. I4E will combat the feeling of disenfranchisement by promoting European values. The project will take a threefold approach, focusing on education, empowerment, and engagement.

The project consortium consists of the European Forum Alpbach (EFA), European Association for Local Democracy (ALDA), Alliance 4 Europe (A4E), The Dandelion Group (TDG), and THE CIVICS Innovation Hub (THE CIVICS).

Find more information about the project here.

Citizens Foresight on 2024 European Parliament Elections with Voices from CEE

This project has a twofold aim: first, to encourage the participation of citizens and representative associations in the democratic and civic aspects of the EU, facilitating discussions across all Union activities; and second, to establish transnational partnerships that allow citizens from diverse backgrounds to actively engage in the EU policymaking process.

Focusing primarily on civil society stakeholders, particularly in Central and Eastern European countries, the project employs various methods such as workshops, consultations, scenario-building, and media engagement to broaden participation. The ultimate goal is to create a structured citizens’ advisory platform for influencing the future policies of the EU, ensuring that a diverse range of voices is heard and to present their insights to MEPs for greater visibility and engagement.

The project brings together a diverse group of partners across CCE including Visegrad Insight, THE CIVICS Innovation Hub, Bratislava Policy Institute, Euro Créative, Fondazione Di Vagno, Babeş-Bolyai University, Dpart, Robert Schuman Institute, the Latvian Transatlantic Organisation, and the Open Lithuania Foundation.

Find more information about the project here.