The Europe Direct initiative was launched in Ireland in 2005. The European Commission wanted to create a network of accessible, local information centres in all member states. The mission of the network is to distribute information and advice about the European Union’s policies, actively promote local and regional debate about the European Union, allow the European institutions to disseminate local and regional information and give the public the opportunity to send feedback to the European Union institutions.
There are 8 Europe Direct at: Blanchardstown, Letterkenny, Gaoth Dobhair, Clones, Mountmellick, Ballinasloe, Carroroe, Sligo, and Waterford City libraries. Libraries Development, Local Government Management Agency is delighted to be working with the seven library authorities and the European Commission again, to support the Europe Direct for the period 2021-2025.
Each Europe Direct is there to answer your questions on the EU and to provide:
- Information on the European Union
- Access to publications and brochures from EU institutions
- Access to PCs to search for EU material
- A freephone link to the Europe Direct Helpdesk
- Events, including talks, exhibitions and competitions.
More information on finding your local Europe Direct can be found here.
Or you can find out about the network across Europe here.