At The Wheel, we believe it is vital now more than ever to establish a strong culture of European participation in our sector. Brexit, the refugee crisis and a new financial framework for 2021-2027 are just a few pressing matters facing a Union that is changing rapidly.
Engaging in EU funded projects is a great way for civil society organisations to build their understanding of current EU policy and initiatives that directly impact their beneficiaries. Through active involvement in these projects, organisations and their staff can also help to shape and influence future EU policy by raising awareness of issues that are important to our sector.
To facilitate building this capacity, our Access Europe programme is creating a dedicated policy section on our website that will highlight key EU policies and related initiatives. Referencing these policies and integrating them into activities and objectives in your EU project proposals will ensure that your proposal has a strong chance of winning funding. You’ll find a link to this resource here on this page once it’s completed.
At The Wheel, we also advocate to European decision-makers on behalf of the sector around key issues that have been identified through our projects as barriers to civil society groups participating fully in European democracy and programmes. Our stance is outlined in our Position Paper on the Community and Voluntary Sector and the Future of Europe.
In addition, we’ve compiled comprehensive information and resources on Brexit which can be accessed here.