EU Preparatory Actions


The main objective of Preparatory Actions is to prepare future EU actions in various priority policy fields.

Programme Description

Preparatory Actions are divided into five headings as follows:

Heading 1a ‐ Competitiveness for Growth and Jobs

Preparatory actions on:

  • Promotion of European and transnational tourism products with special emphasis on cultural and industrial products
  • Tourism and accessibility for all
  • Euromed innovation entrepreneurs for change
  • Your first EURES Job
  • Information centres for posted workers and migrant workers
  • Activation measures targeting young people — implementing the ‘Youth on the Move’ initiative
  • Social innovation driven by social business and young entrepreneurship
  • European transport information and booking interface across transport modes
  • Ships fuelled by liquefied natural gas (LNG)
  • General Aviation — Statistics and Key figures
  • Single Market Forum
  • Capacity building for end users and other non‐industry stakeholders in connection with Union policy‐making in the area of financial services
  • Preparatory action to cover the costs of studies for persons specialising in the European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP) and for related academic activities and other educational modules including the functioning of the ENP Chair in the College of Europe (Natolin Campus)
  • European partnerships on sport
  • E‐Platform for Neighbourhood

Heading 1b – Economic, Social and Territorial Cohesion

Preparatory actions on:

  • Enhancing regional and local cooperation through the promotion of Union regional policy on a global scale
  • The definition of governance model for the European Union Danube Region — better and effective coordination
  • on an Atlantic Forum for the European Union Atlantic Strategy
  • Supporting Mayotte, or any other territory potentially affected, with the switchover to outermost‐region status
  • Towards a common regional identity, reconciliation of nations and economic and social cooperation including a Pan‐European Expertise and Excellence Platform in the Danube macro‐region
  • A regional strategy for the North Sea Region
  • World cities: EU — third countries cooperation on urban development
  • The actual and desired state of the economic potential in regions outside the Greek capital Athens

Heading 2 – Sustainable Growth: Natural Resources

Preparatory actions on:

  • RECAP: recycling at local scale of internal plastic scrap created by major Union polymer converting regions
  • European farm prices and margins observatory
  • Union plant and animal genetic resources
  • Future legal base on harmonised Union forest information
  • BEST scheme (voluntary Scheme for biodiversity and ecosystem services in the territories of the Union’s outermost regions and overseas countries and territories)
  • Development of prevention activities to halt desertification in Europe
  • Guardians of the Sea
  • Antimicrobial resistance (AMR): Research on the causes of high and improper antibiotic
  • usage
  • Fruit and vegetable consumption
  • Healthy diet: early years and ageing population
  • Mainstreaming climate action, adaptation and innovation

Heading 3 – Security and Citizenship

  • Share Europe Online
  • Creation of a Union network of experts in the field of adapted care ffor adolescents with psychological problems
  • European study on the burden and care of epilepsy
  • Enable the resettlement of refugees during emergency situations

Heading 4 – Global Europe

  • Strategic environmental impact assessment on the development of
  • the European Arctic
  • Cooperation with middle income group countries in Latin America
  • Business and scientific exchanges with India
  • Business and scientific exchanges with China
  • Cooperation with middle income group countries in Asia
  • European Union‐Asia — Integration of policy and practice
  • Water management in developing countries
  • Pharmaceutical‐related transfer of technology in favour of developing countries
  • Research and development on poverty‐related, tropical and neglected diseases
  • Enhanced health care for victims of sexual violence in the Democratic Republic  of Congo (DRC)
  • Building resilience for better health of nomadic communities in post crises in  the Sahel region
  • Socio‐economic reintegration of children and female sex workers living at mines in Luhwindja, South Kivu Province, eastern RDC
  • Building and strengthening local partnerships to develop social economy and to establish social enterprises in Eastern Africa
  • New Euro‐Mediterranean strategy for youth employment promotion
  • Asset recovery to Arab Spring countries
  • Preserving and restoring cultural heritage in conflict areas
  • European Voluntary Humanitarian Aid Corps

Heading 5 ‐ Administration

Preparatory actions on:

  • Erasmus public administration programme

Total Budget

€ Each preparatory action has its own budget for its annual grant programme, which is defined on an annual basis.

Financing percentage by EU or other bodies / Level of Subsidy or Loan

Each preparatory action has its own level of co-financing, which is defined in each call for proposals.

Thematic Categories

  • Enlargement
  • Information Technology
  • Land Development
  • Migration and Citizenship
  • Other Services
  • Other Thematic Category
  • Rehabilitation of Architectural Heritage
  • Social Affairs & Human Rights
  • Telecommunications

Eligibility for Participation

  • Central Government
  • Consumer Organisations
  • Economically Inactive Women
  • Fishermen, Aquaculturists, Owners of Vessels
  • International Organisations
  • Large Enterprises
  • Parliamentary Bodies
  • State-owned Enterprises
  • Youth

EU Contact Point

Each preparatory action has its own contact point, which is defined in each call for proposals.

Programme/Sub-programme/Plan Calls
  • Developing a strategic research, innovation and implementation agenda and a roadmap for achieving full digital language equality in Europe by 2030


    Code: 14023 | Identifier Code: PPPA-LANGEQ-2021 | Programme name: EU Preparatory Actions | Start submission calls: 14/10/2021 | End submission calls: 06/01/2022

    The European Union has 24 official languages, in addition to many regional languages, as well as those of minorities, migrants and important international trade partners. Only a few languages (such as English, French and Spanish) are well supported in the digital domain, while more than 20 official languages as well as regional and minority languages are considered to be in danger of digital extinction. European human language technologies have the potential to overcome this linguistic divide in the digital sphere, but need a strategic research and implementation agenda (SRIA) and roadmap defining tools, processes, actions and actors that need to be involved.

  • Preparatory action - Increasing access to educational tools in areas and communities with low connectivity or access to technologies


    Code: 2278 | Identifier Code: PPPA-2021-RemoteDigEdu | Programme name: EU Preparatory Actions | Start submission calls: 05/05/2021 | End submission calls: 15/07/2021

    Αctions under this Call aim at addressing inequalities of access to digital education by enhancing inclusion and by reducing the digital gap suffered by pupils from remote areas and communities with low connectivity, limited or no access to devices and digital educational tools and content.

  • Pilot Project - Building investigative capacity to better fight doping in sport in Europe


    Code: 3592 | Identifier Code: PPPA-SPORT-2021-FIGHT-DOPING   | Programme name: EU Preparatory Actions | Start submission calls: 04/05/2021 | End submission calls: 16/06/2021

    This Call covers the topic of Building capacity to better fight doping in sport in Europe. The goals of the project are to:

    • develop a set of complementary measures and activities that would address the issues related with the Call and have concrete benefits for the maximum number of European Anti-Doping Organizations (ADOs) and, more generally, the anti-doping system.
    • allow ADOs to partner with the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) to conduct investigations, protect whistle-blowers and cooperate on joint investigations with law enforcement agencies and the global network of investigators.
    • build capacity in the European anti-doping system, it is necessary to reduce the prevalence of doping in sport, maximising the health benefits generated by the practice of clean sport by European youths.

  • Preparatory Action - Grassroots sport programmes and infrastructure innovation


    Code: 3596 | Identifier Code: PPPA-SPORT-2021-GRASSROOTS-INNOVATION   | Programme name: EU Preparatory Actions | Start submission calls: 04/05/2021 | End submission calls: 16/06/2021

    The purpose of this pilot project is to identify and test innovative ideas. The specific objective of this action is to support the promotion of physical activity through flexible, modern ways of practicing sport both in terms of offer (trainings, activities) and in terms of infrastructure.

  • Preparatory Action - Sport as a tool for integration and social inclusion of refugees


    Code: 3598 | Identifier Code: PPPA-SPORT-2021-INCLUSION-REFUGEES   | Programme name: EU Preparatory Actions | Start submission calls: 04/05/2021 | End submission calls: 16/06/2021

    This Call promotes the use of Sport as a tool for integration and social inclusion of refugees. The specific objective of this action is to promote the direct engagement of refugees and host communities within the EU and to promote a Europe-wide approach, increasing the potential for European host communities to successfully engage and integrate refugees through sport.

  • Preparatory action - Bottom-up Policy Development for Culture & Well-being in the EU


    Code: 3717 | Identifier Code: EAC/S18/2020   | Programme name: EU Preparatory Actions | Start submission calls: 18/03/2021 | End submission calls: 14/05/2021

    Under the Annual Work Programme for the implementation of Pilot Projects and Preparatory Actions in the areas of education, youth, sport and culture, a new call has opened for the submission of proposals with the title “Preparatory action – Bottom-up Policy Development for Culture & Well-being in the EU”.

    The proposed preparatory action shall facilitate the exchange of knowledge, experience and success stories in the EU, related to the role of culture for well-being and health.