New Rights, Equality and Citizenship Work Programme and Financial Services User Group to Be Renewed in EU


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The European Commission adopted the ’2017 Rights, Equality and Citizenship Work Programme’ on 1 March 2017.

Through the program, the European Commission intends to develop the area of equality and international human rights in the European Union by supporting activities and actions developed by NGOs, grass-root organisations, universities, public authorities and other organisations in the field of personal data protection, EU citizenship rights and children rights, by combating forms of intolerance, promoting non-discrimination, gender equality and gender mainstreaming.

The available total budget for the 2014-2020 programming process is EUR 439.5 million. The studies, legislation monitoring, information campaigns or the exchange of practices will be financed as part of the funding. Proposals for operating and action grants will be published by the end of March 2017 on the Participant Portal.

Financial Services User Group to be renewed by the European Commission

The European Commission has initiated a call for expression of interest for new members of the Financial Services User Group. The Group was established by the Commission in 2010, by involving users of financial services, for the purpose of advising the Commission in the preparation and implementation of legislation or policy initiatives and to proactively identify key issues affecting users of financial services, and furthermore, to advise and establish connection with financial services user representatives at the EU and national level.

The renewal of the Group is part of the Commission's efforts to give consumers a strong voice in the EU policy making in financial services and to encourage independent experts, e.g. from academia, to apply. The Group will advise the Commission on its ongoing work on the Capital Markets Union, and it will be involved in the decision making referring to the Retail Financial Services Action Plan. The deadline for submitting applications is 21 April 2017.

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