- Decentralisation to Member States is key for the success of EYD20215
- Nominate a National Coordinator (NC), at the latest with the submission of the National Work Programmes (NWP), by the 1st of September 2014
- Coordinate with stakeholders in your country on potential EYD2015 activities
- Present EYD2015 to other ministries in your country to see how their policy contributes to development goals (PCD) and what they can do for the Year
- Help identify one or more mobilising moments in your country which could be "labelled" EYD2015, e.g. COP 21 in France, G8 Presidency in Germany
- Help identify EYD2015 goodwill ambassadors in your country
- Use the hashtag #EYD2015 on social media (now and throughout 2015)
The European Year has been approved by the Parliament and the Foreign Affairs Council and it is already encouraging to see that an overwhelming majority of Member States have expressed in an interest in getting involved. This reinforces the huge potential of the European Year for Development 2015 for us all and which we must now tackle together if we are to match its ambition and its huge geographical reach.
Participation is not mandatory however early involvement of Member States is one of the major lessons learnt from previous EYs to turn this year into a success – it is as much your year as anyone else's. The Year gives Member States a huge opportunity to get involved and to place development cooperation high on the agenda of 2015.
MS are in a unique position to make the Year a success due to their understanding of their citizens and thus in shaping communications that are as close and as relevant as possible to their citizens and their information needs. Ways to participate include:
« Preparing new events to promote the EYD as well as linking existing events with the Year.
« Identifying potential ambassadors for the year within your countries.
« Identifying and liaising with potential stakeholders within your country and coordinating with them on potential 2015 activities/mobilising moments.
« Offering updates, feedback and ideas on your processes of preparation.
« Sharing key moments, advice and experiences from past mobilisation efforts with other stakeholders, both internal and external.
« Appoint a National Coordinator/National Beneficiary as soon as is possible.
« Submit your National Work Programme by the 1st of September.
« Use the hashtag #EYD2015 on social media (now and throughout 2015).
To aid Member States in their various EYD activities, there will be a toolkit provided. This toolkit will entail tools and instruments that will help Member States in meeting the specific needs for their EYD activities. Tools will include an EYD2015 visual identity and guidelines, promotional material such as an EYD calendar, factsheets, key political messages and a press kit along with interactive online communication via an EYD website and social media account and guidelines, etc.
Yes, this kind of activity is encouraged as it lends a European dimension to the Year.
Activities run in partner countries will not be funded due to the fact that the focus of the Year is on connecting with the general public in Europe.
Questions on the National Work Programmes (NWPs) should be submitted by 31st of July and answers will be provided by the 14th of August. Questions should be submitted to the EYD2015 mailbox EuropeAid-EYD@ec.europa.eu.
Yes, if an activity is not relevant or does not provide benefit to the campaign then it may be refused.
It is possible. The amounts presented to Member States are at this point provisional and are subject to participation levels and proposal estimates.
Yes, possible key performance indicators will be indicated in the communications strategy.