Europe Direct

The Europe Direct Information Centre based in Central Library, Waterford City, is one of a network of local contact points that serve as the direct link between you and the EU Institutions. The Europe Direct Information Centre is a service which helps you find answers to your questions about the European Union.

The centre offers information on all sorts of subjects related to the EU including your rights and opportunities as an EU citizen and how to take advantage of them. It can provide direct responses to general inquiries and, if you have more detailed questions, signpost you to the best source of information and advice at EU, national, regional and local levels.

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.

 


Waterford is the location for one of seven new generation EUROPE DIRECT Centres

Europe Direct Waterford was delighted to receive news this week that it has been selected to continue as a Europe Direct Centre as part of the new Generation EUROPE DIRECT. Europe Direct Waterford looks forward to celebrating Europe Day this Sunday 9 May by joining with organisations throughout Europe in recognising our shared role in the European Project.

 

Join us at @eudirect on facebook and twitter this Sunday at 10am when we release three short videos made with our partners at Waterford Sustainable Living Initiative highlighting the important role of the EU in our lives: The EU and You; The Green New Deal; and Youth to Action.

Seven new generation EUROPE DIRECT centres started their work in Ireland on Tuesday 4 May after the European Commission announced the revamping of its network of information and communication points around Europe at the end of last week. These centres will bring the European Union, its policies and values to Ballinasloe, Blanchardstown, Clones, Letterkenny, Portlaoise, Sligo and Waterford.

They are part of a community of 424 Europe Direct centres around Europe whose purpose is to reinforce the important connection between EU institutions and citizens, helping to explain how Europe is combating the COVID-19 pandemic, boosting recovery through NextGenerationEU, and tackling the green and digital transitions.

The new Europe Direct network will continue to provide timely and factual information on European matters, but will also seek to engage with citizens regarding the state and future of the European Union. Seeing their role and mandate modernised, the new generation of Europe Direct centres will organise citizens’ dialogues and participatory events, for example for the Conference on the Future of Europe. They will offer relevant information on EU policies and priorities to local media and multipliers, and involve them in their activities. They will also help the Commission keep track of local sensitivities linked to EU policies. The new centres will equally promote active European citizenship in schools and coordinate with other EU networks in the regions, ensuring easier local access to information for citizens, organisations and businesses.

Andy Klom, acting Head of the European Commission Representation in Ireland said: “Europe Direct centres play a key role facilitating people’s easy communication with the European institutions but they can also help citizens have a powerful voice in the ongoing EU-wide conversation on the future of Europe to which everyone is invited and every opinion matters. I wish every success to the new generation of Europe Direct centres in Ireland and they can always rely in their important work on the full support of the European Commission Representation in Ireland”.

Europe Direct Waterford is run from Central Library in Waterford City.


Virtual Visit to the European Commission, Brussels on the New European Bauhaus and Social Enterprise

On Tuesday 23 March a delegation from Waterford City & County Council, Waterford Institute of Technology and Waterford Social Enterprise Network made a virtual visit to the European Commission to discuss The New European Bauhaus and the Circular Economy.

We spoke with William Neale, Adviser for Circular Economy, Directorate-General for Environment and Ruth Reichstein, IDEA (Inspire, Debate, Engage and Accelerate Action).

Thank you to European Commission Representation in Ireland for helping us organise the visit through Europe Direct Waterford. We are looking forward to starting our New European Bauhaus journey.

To view presentations delivered during the virtual visit see the links below

Presentations:

Circular Economy and Social Enterprises with M. William Neale, Adviser for Circular Economy, Directorate-General for Environment

The New European Bauhaus with Ms. Ruth Reichstein IDEA (Inspire, Debate, Engage and Accelerate Action)

 


Waterford Europe Direct Information Centre is delighted to present a Q&A with Stefan De Keersmaecker,  EU Commission Spokesperson for Health, Food Safety and Transport.

This interview is part of a series of pre-recorded Interviews by four Europe Direct Centres in Ireland, Blanchardstown, Clones, and Waterford. The series focuses on Covid 19 Vaccination from a National, Scientific and European perspective. It is entitled Europe Direct: Questions & Answers on Covid-19 Vaccination.

In this interview Stefan De Keersmaecker, European Commission Spokesperson for Health, Food Safety and Transport, answers questions on Vaccination from a European standpoint. Topics included are: The Common European Response to the pandemic; Logistical challenges to distributing the vaccine to the member states; Speed with which the vaccines were developed while ensuring their safety and effectiveness; Criteria used when determining which vaccines to purchase; Exploring other Vaccines for future use; Bringing the pandemic under control.

 

Watch the Interview Here:

Interview by Breda O’Shea from Europe Direct Waterford, Central Library, Waterford City. Recorded on Tuesday 16 March 2021.

 

For more information about Covid 19 vaccination in Ireland, visit the HSE website: https://www2.hse.ie/covid-19-vaccine

The HSELive COVID-19 Helpline is open 8am to 8pm Monday to Friday and 9am to 5pm Saturday and Sunday. Lo-call: 1850 24 1850.

For more information about Covid 19 Vaccination from a European perspective, visit the European Commission website: https://ec.europa.eu/info/index_en

 


Europe Direct Waterford is delighted to announce that the winner of the Europe Direct National Soapbox Final, in the 19 and over Category, is our own Regional Winner Jen Harris! Gerard Kiely Head of the European Commission took great pleasure in announcing the winners and stressed that the calibre this year was very high despite being in a different format.

The event was online this year where each of the 15 finalists from 8 Europe Direct Centres countrywide, were judged on their three minute videos, to make their case for or against the theme ‘Everyone wants to go back to the pre-Covid way of life’. Jen Harris unanimously convinced the judges with her brilliant entry.

The overall winner of the 18 and under Category is Orla Devlin from Europe Direct Sligo. Well done to Jen Harris and to everyone who entered this year’s regional and final competitions.
If you haven’t already seen the final and you wish to, the link is https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9oTC4-ZmvPw&feature=youtu.be


 

Congratulations to the Waterford Europe Direct Regional Soapbox Winners 2020.

Emma McMahon is the winner of the 18 and under category and Jen Harris of the 19 and over category. Congratulations to them both, the standard was particularly high this year. Their videos have been put forward for the National Soapbox Final.

A national panel of judges will review regional winning entries from around the country in advance of the national final which will take place on Wednesday 9th December, 2020 at 11:00 AM. All regional winner entries will be played and the winners of the grand prize of €1000 for each category will be announced live during the event.

We would like to wish Emma and Jen the very best of luck with their very impressive entries! The link to the National Soapbox Final is:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9oTC4-ZmvPw&feature=youtu.be

If you would like to view Waterford Regional Winners before then the link is: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EYOHQ4lh640&feature=youtu.be

 


 

This year the Annual Europe Direct Soapbox Public Speaking Competition took place online.

Entrants competed in two categories (18 and under & 19 and over) and were invited to deliver a three minute speech, recorded on video, for or against the topic: Everyone wants to go back to the pre-Covid way of life.

Waterford Regional heat winners will be announced on Wednesday 2 December at 10am with special messages from Ireland South MEPs, Grace O’Sullivan and Sean Kelly.

A big thank you to our judges Una Kealy, Conor Nolan and Jim Lenane.

(This event will last 17 minutes).

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EYOHQ4lh640&feature=youtu.be

 


 

Annual Europe Direct Soapbox Public Speaking Competition

This year the Annual Europe Direct Soapbox Public Speaking Competition will take place online.

To be in with a chance to win an iPad mini and represent your region in the national competition, all you have to do is record a three minute video for or against the soapbox topic:

“Everyone wants to go back to the pre-Covid way of life”

The winner will receive an iPad mini and their video will be submitted to represent their region at the national competition where there will be a prize of €1000.

 

Please note:

  • Entrants are invited to deliver a three minute speech for or against the topic on video Everyone wants to go back to the pre-Covid way of life 
  • Contestants will compete in one of two categories:  ages 18 and under / ages 19 and over.
  • A winner from each category will be selected and will win an iPad mini.
  • The winners entry will be submitted to the national final with a chance to win €1000.
  • Please transfer videos via WeTransfer or Dropbox  to transfer video entries or get in touch if you need to use another method.

All completed entries should be sent to:

 

All entries must be received before 12 noon on Friday 20th November.

Contact your local Waterford Europe Direct Information Centre for full details.

 

Europe Direct Soapbox Application 2020

Europe Direct Soapbox Rules 2020


Building a Social Economy Ecosystem in Waterford

Wednesday 4 November 11:00 AM – 12 Noon GMT Online

Join our expert panel who will discuss the development of social enterprises in Waterford City & County outlining the practical supports available as well as looking at the importance of building a peer support network.

The panel will discuss how best social enterprises can be developed and supported from the bottom up and identify challenges at local, national and EU level.

Speakers:
Grace O’Sullivan, MEP
Liz Riches & Nicola Kent, Waterford Area Partnership / Waterford Social Enterprise Network
Anne Nolan, Waterford Integration Services
Richard Gavin, Department of Rural and Community Development
Chair: Felicity Kelliher, School of Business, Waterford Institute of Technology

This event has been chosen as one of the 2020 European Social Economy Regions (ESER) partner events and is organised by Europe Direct Waterford, Waterford Social Enterprise Network and Waterford Institute of Technology.

Book your FREE Place:

https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/creating-a-social-economy-ecosystem-in-waterford-tickets-125207277337

 


Join us for Virtual Europe Day

Saturday 9 May from 10:00am – 11:00am

@eudirect on facebook and twitter

 Waterford Europe Direct Information Centre will mark Europe Day virtually this Saturday 9 May on our Twitter and Facebook pages from 10:00am – 11:00am and we would like you and your communities to join with us on:

Using the #EuropeDay hashtag. Europe Day is celebrated every year on 9 May. The date marks the anniversary of the historical ‘Schuman declaration’. At a speech in Paris in 1950, Robert Schuman, the then French foreign minister, set out his idea for a new form of political cooperation in Europe, which would make war between Europe’s nations unthinkable. This marked the beginning of what is now the European Union.

Virtual Europe Day Schedule

10:00am – 10:20am Europe Day and the European Parliament

Introduction from Sinead O’Higgins, Waterford Europe Direct

  • Fionnuala Croker, Oifig Idirchaidrimh Pharlaimint na hEorpa (in Éirinn)
  • Ireland South MEPs Grace O’Sullivan, Seán Kelly, Billy Kelleher and Mick Wallace with messages for Europe Day
  • James Temple-Smithson, Head of Office European Parliament Office in Ireland

 

10:20am – 10:40am Europe Direct and Europe in the Regions

  • David Kelly, Director Southern Regional Assembly
  • Jonathan Claridge, Head of Communication European Commission Representation in Ireland
  • EU funded projects in Waterford: Anne Valley Walkway and Wildlife Sanctuary, WIT Professor John Nolan’s research on age-related macular degeneration #EUStories
  • Jen Harris, Waterford Sustainable Living Initiative’s Communicating Europe Project
  • Senan Cooke, Social Enterprise at the Heart of European Solidarity and Cohesion

 

10:40am – 11:00am Europe Workings for you Careers and useful resources

  • Eimear Ní Bhroin, Oifigeach Gnóthaí Teanga / Language Affairs Officer, European Commission Representation in Ireland
  • Daragh McMullan, Waterford Europe Direct. Bi-lingual story from Story time from Ghaeltacht Na nDéise
  • Our partners, events and plans plus some useful  #EU resources

To overcome the current Covid-19 crisis, it is vital to work together, including at a European level. Europe Day is an opportunity to reflect on the benefits of such co-operation, not least terms of the EU actions to facilitate access to vital medical supplies, limit the social and economic damage of the pandemic, and repatriate Irish citizens stuck overseas. EU membership has brought, and will continue to bring, many direct benefits to Ireland and our daily lives, and help lay the basis for a sustainable recovery.

The Europe Direct Information Centre based in Central Library, Waterford City, is one of a network of local contact points that serve as the direct link between you and the EU Institutions. The centre offers information on all sorts of subjects related to the EU including your rights and opportunities as an EU citizen and how to take advantage of them. It can provide direct responses to general inquiries and, if you have more detailed questions, signpost you to the best source of information and advice at EU, national, regional and local levels. You can contact europedirect@waterfordcouncil.ie for more information.

Waterford Europe Direct Information Centre,

Central Library,

Lady Lane,

Waterford City.


0761 102975


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