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A European Public Sphere: A New Online Media Offer for Young Europeans

27 27+00:00 July, 2022 @ 8:00 - 17:00

A European public sphere: a new online media offer for young Europeans (Call CNECT/2022/5115903)









3.500.000,00 €





In order to be eligible, the applicants (beneficiaries and affiliated entities) must:

  • Be legal entities (public or private bodies);
  • Be established in one of the eligible countries, i.e.:
    • EU Member States (including overseas countries and territories (OCTs).

Proposals may be submitted by any of the following applicants or combinations of:

  • News media organisations;
  • Non-profit organisations, including youth organisations (private or public).

Other entities may participate in other consortium roles, such as associated partners, subcontractors, third parties giving in-kind contributions, etc.

Consortium composition

Proposals must be submitted by a consortium of at least 5 applicants (beneficiaries; affiliated entities and other participants are allowed, if needed, but affiliated entities do not count for the minimum number of applicants19), which complies with the following conditions:

  • Minimum 5 entities from 5 different EU Member States.

Associated partners, if any, are considered third parties. They are not applicants, not part of the consortium and hence do not count for the minimum number of applicants.


The action aims to engage with young Europeans by creating curated online spaces that gather thought-provoking content around current affairs, empowering them to compare perspectives from across Europe and discuss and discover how their interests link to interests of young Europeans in other Member States, and to relevant EU initiatives. The aim is to address relevant topics of pan-European importance, and create an open, true, deep and constructive debate about recent and future life in Europe among young Europeans, using innovative formats on digital platforms, with the ultimate goal of creating greater awareness about European visions and realities, European values, ideas and decision-making processes so that they subsequently contribute to a more active civil society.

Expected impact includes:

  • Increased availability of online information around European topics in different European languages, presented in engaging formats and through multiple viewpoints;
  • Daily, thought-provoking content around current affairs, through innovative cross-border editorial processes;
  • Greater awareness about decision-making processes.
  • Innovative and engaging discussions and events, that help young Europeans exchange views and discover ways to get involved in pan-European projects across language barriers;
  • Increased democratic engagement of youth across various social groups, language groups and age groups.

Themes and priorities (scope)

  • Content selection
  • Content creation
  • Content distribution
  • Moderating discussions


The following types of activities are eligible under this call for proposals:

  • Coordination;
  • Journalistic production and content distribution;
  • Organisation of youth events and other youth engagement activities;
  • Creation and maintenance of websites and platforms;
  • Online advertising (max 10% of the total eligible direct costs);
  • Other promotion and dissemination actions;
  • Actions aiming at the creation and improvement of networks, such as exchanges of good practices among youth reporters;
  • Analyses and mapping of perceptions among youth;
  • Financial support to third parties (e.g., a competition for young journalists, or support for projects (by media organisations, journalists etc) that provide independent journalistic coverage of current affairs for youth).


The available call budget is 9.000.000,00 € (nine million Euros).

EU co-financing is limited to a maximum of 80% of the total eligible costs.

It is expected to fund between 3 and 4 projects. The maximum grant amount is set at 3.500.000,00 € per project, but this does not preclude the submission/selection of proposals requesting lower amounts.

Management costs (i.e personnel costs for staff coordinating the network, beyond purely financial and editorial tasks) should not represent more than 15% of the total eligible direct costs of the action.

Online advertising costs should not represent more than 10% of the total eligible direct costs of the action.

Subcontracting is allowed if duly justified, for tasks that are not core tasks of the action, and should not represent more than 15% of the total eligible direct costs.

Support to third parties is allowed if duly justified, and should not represent more than 5% of the total eligible direct costs of the action.

Projects should last approximately 18 months (Indicative duration. Extensions are possible, if duly justified and through an amendment).

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27 27+00:00 July, 2022
8:00 - 17:00
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