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 currently 9 Europe Direct Information Centres at: Blanchardstown, Dundalk, Letterkenny, Gaoth Dobhair, Mallow, Mountmellick, Ballinasloe, Tubbercurry and Waterford City libraries. Libraries Development, Local Government Management Agency is delighted to be working with the eight library authorities and the European Commission again, to support the centres for the period 2013 – 2017. Each centre is there to answer your questions on the EU and provides:
- A supply of information on the European Union free of charge.
- Carries a stock of publications and brochures from EU institutions.
- Allows access to computers to search for EU material
- Provides a freephone link to the Europe Direct Helpdesk
- Provides up to date information on contacting the centres and current events, including talks, exhibitions and competitions.
More information on finding your local Europe Direct centre can be found here.
Or you can find out about the network across Europe here:http://ec.europa.eu/europedirect/index_en.htm