On the 15th of February, the European Commission launched the European Citizens’ Engagement Platform. The platform was initiated as a result of citizen inputs from the Conference on the Future of Europe, a citizens’ led series of debates and discussions that ran from April 2021 to May 2022 and enabled people from across Europe to share their ideas.


The platform will act as a one-stop shop where citizens can find information about how to participate in EU policy making. Thanks to real-time translation, citizens are able to participate in any of the EU’s 24 official languages. The platform’s inaugural debate invites citizens to share their views on the topic of energy efficiency, one of the main pillars of EU energy policy. In order to take part in the debate, the first step is to register on the online platform. You will then be able to choose a policy topic that interests you and express your opinion in any of the EU’s 24 official languages.


In terms of the EU budget, the European Commission organises open consultations where organisations can give their feedback on the implementation of EU funding programmes. The European Commission recently opened a public consultation on the performance of the Fund for European Aid to the Most Deprived (FEAD) 2014-2020. Furthermore, managing authorities are also organising public consultations on the performance of EU funds on a national and regional level.


To learn more about current calls for proposals or Eurodiaconia’s funding events, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with our Projects and EU Funding Officer Giorgia Signoretto at giorgia.signoretto@eurodiaconia.org and our Research and Projects Assistant Alice Widerberg at alice.widerberg@eurodiaconia.org.