Answer to Written Question: Grants awarded to advocacy groups
(Source: European Parliament)
Answer given by Mr Hahn
on behalf of the European Commission
The Commission has provided financial support to projects of the organisation Européens sans Frontières under an annual call for proposals launched in the context of the strategic communication partnership between the Commission Representation in France, the European Parliament Office in France and the French authorities.
The purpose of this call for proposals is to support communication activities on the European Union in France with the aim of bringing the EU closer to citizens and raising public awareness of the EU institutions.
The procedure for the award of these grants is conducted in accordance with the rules of the Financial Regulation, in particular the rules on transparency and equal treatment. An evaluation committee assesses the applications, verifying that they meet the minimum requirements for admissibility, eligibility, selection and award criteria, as published in the call. The result of this standard procedure is that around 20 organisations receive financial support each year, on the basis of the quality of the proposal and the funding available, for a variety of actions and topics.
The organisation Européens sans Frontières has received EU funding because it was selected as part of this transparent evaluation process and because the application met all the requirements as set out in the call for proposals.
Moreover and contrary to what is stated in this question, the president of Européens sans Frontières has no mandate in Euronews Development
 EU funding for the following Européens sans Frontières projects:
- “Europman, Help!” (2015) – creation of an animated film on European citizens’ rights and streaming campaign on television, cinema and social media;
- “Eurodame, help!” (2016) – launch of a graphic competition for animation schools’ students to produce a film “Europe protects its borders and hosts war refugees”, and streaming on TV, cinema and social media;
- “ROCK THE EUROVOTE 2019” – (2018) creation of 10 animated videos to encourage young people to vote in the 2019 European elections, including workshops, drawings by Nicolas Vadot, streaming on the web, TV and cinema.