INTI is a European Union (EU) funding programme for preparatory actions promoting the integration in the EU member states of people who are not citizens of the EU.
Its aim is also to promote dialogue with civil society, develop integration models, seek out and evaluate best practices in the integration field and set up networks at European level. It amounts to € 5.000.000 for the 25 Member States for 2005.
What are INTI's purposes?
Member States vary considerably in the way they conceive the integration of third-country nationals and in the extent to which they have developed and implemented integration policies. Some countries have a long experience in this area whereas others have only just started developing national policies.
Both experienced and less experienced member states should benefit from the INTI programme. Third countries can participate in the activities undertaken by Member States, although they cannot apply or receive financial support in this framework.
The underlying principle is to promote new and innovative ways of integrating immigrants, building wherever possible on past experience.
INTI encourages co-operation between member states and the creation of transnational partnerships and networks.
Priority will also be given to actions enhancing the empowerment of migrants and contributing to a trans-national and constructive dialogue.
What kind of actions may be supported by the Preparatory Actions?
Strand A - Support of networks, exchange of information and best practices
Support for transnational co-operation at national, regional and local level between public authorities, private enterprises and representatives of civil society, including migrant associations, by establishing transnational networks or partnerships between stakeholders at all levels, designed to create platforms for dialogue.
Stimulate transnational actions involving a range of actors, consisting of the transfer of information, lessons learned and good practice concerning integration of immigrants.
Strand B - Information and dialogue
Promote a tolerant and inclusive society by raising awareness of fundamental European values and the promotion of communication and dialogue between immigrants and their local communities.
Promote awareness raising at EU-level, which will focus on projecting accurate information about immigrants with regard to their culture, traditions, religion and their positive contributions - economically and socially - to European Society.
Strand C - Improved knowledge of integration issues
Explore the validity of civic responsibility as a concept for promoting the integration of third country nationals including the rights and duties needed to give immigrants a sense of participation in society and the impact of granting political rights to immigrants.
Analyse current national integration programmes and practices and examine new and innovative ways of integrating immigrants, including diversity management, with a view to develop transferable models and a best practice guide.
Compare the influence of existing national integration strategies in Member States on the current social situation of immigrants, including analyses of the impact of compulsory elements in national policies and solutions for improvement of these policies at national and European level.
Develop common European indicators for successful integration, with a view to streamlining the monitoring processes and assessing the effectiveness and impact of national strategies.
Strand D - Support for innovative projects
Support the development of transferable inter-cultural orientation and training activities for public officials dealing with immigrants.
Support the development of innovative pilot integration/settlement programmes or models for integration which take into account language tuition, communication training and information on the cultural, political and social characteristics of the country concerned, including fundamental European values and citizenship.
Projects aiming at administrative co-operation in the field of immigration should seek co-financing by ARGO
What are the conditions to be eligible for co-financing ?
Actions may be proposed by legal persons registered in one of the 25 Member States.
Projects must be submitted by at least five legal persons registered in the 25 Member States, one of which will be the lead partner.
Actions may include partners and participants from third countries on a no-cost basis.
The co-financing of an action by an INTI preparatory actions shall be exclusive of any other financing by another programme financed by the budget of the European Communities.
Call for Proposals 2005 :
should be launched around March/April 2005.
A priority might be the strand A-networks.