Active Citizens Fund seeks to develop the long-term sustainability of civil society, strengthening its role in promoting democratic participation, active citizenship and human rights.
"It is not possible to develop resilient and pluralistic democracies unless the voices of a wide spectrum of society are heard, and their interests taken into consideration in governmental processes", declared Mr.Thor Kleppen Sættem, State Secretary for the Minister of Justice and Immigration of Norway during the launching event.
Democracy, active citizenship, good governance and transparency;
Human rights and equal treatment through combating any discrimination on the grounds of racial or
ethnic origin, religion or belief, gender, disability, age, sexual orientation or gender identity
Social justice and inclusion of vulnerable groups
Gender equality and gender-based violence
Environment and climate change
Capacity building for NGOs.
Youth inclusion is one of the programme priorities. A special attention is paid to empowerment of vulnerable groups and 33% of the re-granting budget is allocated to this.
The launching event that took place at the National Bank of Romania this afternoon was attended by the representatives of the Norwegian Government, the Royal Norwegian Embassy in Bucharest and the Financial Mechanism Office of the EEA and Norway Grants, 150 civil society representatives from Romania and the European Union, and other partner institutions. The discussions provided an overview of the situation of the non-governmental sector in Romania and Europe, as well as of the main directions of support of the civil society organizations through the Active Citizens Fund Programme.