A significant number of projects are currently being carried out across a wide-range of sectors, regions and cities in Russia. These projects maintain and strengthen the EU-Russia relationship by enhancing people-to-people contacts and engaging in an ambitious cooperation agenda on mutual interests, promoting environmental protection, democratic participation and development, civil society capacity building as well as education and science.

Cross-Border Cooperation

Following the Russian military aggression on Ukraine, and in line with the decision of the European Council, the EU-Russia Cross-Border Cooperation programme is suspended.

Northern Dimension (ND)

Following the Russian military aggression on Ukraine, and in line with the decision of the European Council, the Northern Dimension programme is suspended.

European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights (EIDHR)

In many countries around the world non-governmental actors are working with dedication and bravery, often in difficult conditions, to help ensure the effective protection of human rights and the advancement of democracy. Support to such organisations is a priority for the European Union.

The European Initiative for Democracy and Human Rights was created by the European Parliament in 1994 to support both the activities of civil society working for human rights and democracy and the efforts of international organisations. It was renamed the European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights (EIDHR) in December 2006.

The EIDHR has the following objectives:

  • Support to human rights and human rights defenders in situations where they are most at risk.
  • Support to other EU human rights priorities with main focus on protecting human dignity.
  • Support to democracy.
  • Support to EU Election Observation Missions.
  • Support to international and regional human rights instruments and mechanisms.

What are EIDHR projects in Russia?

EIDHR projects in Russia are implemented by Russian and European non-governmental, non-profit-making organisations. The EU allocates between 300 000 and 1 million EUR to each project. Usually the grant beneficiary must part-finance at least 5% of the project costs from its own funds or from a grant awarded by another donor. Projects have the duration of between 18 and 36 months.

Since its launch in Russia in 1997, the EIDHR has supported over 450 projects.

How EIDHR projects are selected?

The projects are selected on the results of local, regional or global (worldwide) calls for proposals. The complete information of the calls is published on the following website of the European Commission. On this website anyone can find Guidelines for applicants for each EIDHR call for proposals. The Guidelines set out thematic priorities, specific modalities and other conditions of the calls. The selection is based on objective and transparent criteria, which are also indicated in this document.

Civil Society Organisations Thematic Programme

The European Union (EU) has a long-standing relationship and cooperation with civil society organisations worldwide.

CSOs play multiple roles in society. CSOs can give a voice to the poorest and most marginalised citizens to ensure their voices are heard; they can advocate change, collect data and monitor progress, serve as watchdogs and agents of accountability and, they can act as service delivery providers. Their distinct added value lies in their expertise, their proximity to citizens, and their knowledge derived from their different activities.

The EU provides support to civil society in Russia through the thematic programme “Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) and Local Authorities (LAs) 2014-2020”. The programme is the successor of the "Non-State Actors (NSAs) and Local Authorities in Development” thematic programme implemented in 2007- 2013.

The programme allows CSOs to network amongst each other and with other relevant civil society actors and groups inside the country, to exchange best practice between Russian regions and with their EU partners, to experiment and develop effective services for vulnerable groups of population, to establish efficient partnerships with various stakeholders, including local authorities.

What are CSO projects in Russia?

CSO projects in Russia are implemented by Russian and European non-governmental, non-profit-making organisations. The EU allocates between 350 000 and 700 000 EUR to each project. Usually the grant beneficiary must co-finance at least 10% of the project costs from its own funds or from a grant awarded by another donor. Projects have the duration of between 24 and 48 months.

Ongoing projects funded under the thematic programme in question address the following issues:

  • Promotion of social rights and protection of disadvantaged groups including mitigation of Covid-19-related negative impact.
  • Economic inclusiveness and social entrepreneurship.
  • Gender equality and women empowerment.
  • Climate change.

How are CSO projects selected?

The projects are selected on the basis of the results of local, regional or global (worldwide) calls for proposals. The complete information of the calls is published on the following website of the European Commission. On this website anyone can find Guidelines for applicants for each CSO call for proposals. The Guidelines set out thematic priorities, specific modalities and other conditions of the calls. The selection is based on objective and transparent criteria, which are also indicated in the reference Guidelines.

 Brochure "CSO projects 2020" 

 Brochure "CSO projects 2021"