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Europe Direct Waterford LogoThe 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.

Citizens’ Dialogue: Revitalising Rural Ireland Empowering Communities through Social Enterprise

Dunhill Ecopark, Dunhill, Co. Waterford on Monday 13 May 7:00pm – 9:00pm

The Europe Direct, Waterford Information Centre in partnership with The European Commission Representation in Ireland and Dunhill, Fenor, Boatstrand & Annestown (DFBA) Community Enterprises CLG is delighted to bring this timely Citizen’s Dialogue to rural Waterford.

This public meeting will bring together key players and experts at EU and national level to explore the potential of Social Enterprise in revitalising rural Ireland. The dialogue will give our region’s Social Enterprise stakeholders the opportunity to learn about the support opportunities available at EU level and also promote the added benefits that this partnership has the potential to bring.

There is growing momentum and interest in social enterprise at all levels – this is your opportunity to provide feedback to the EU Commission about the Future of Europe with a particular emphasis on revitalising rural communities. More importantly, the format will allow you to share your ideas, concerns and expectations on these topics, facilitating real engagement and debate. With European Parliament elections in May 2019, it is more important now than ever to have your voice heard.

Expert Panel:

  • Gerry Kiely, Head of the European Commission Representation in Ireland
  • Patrick Klein, Social Economy Team Leader at Advanced Technologies, Clusters and Social Economy Unit of DG GROW, EU Commission
  • Brendan Whelan, Chief Executive Officer of Social Finance Foundation
  • Janet O’Toole, Community Development worker with Connemara West Plc
  • Chair: Damien Tiernan, Journalist, author and broadcaster with WLR

This event has been chosen as one of the 2019 European Social Economy Regions Pilot (ESER) partner events. It will take place in Dunhill Ecopark, which is a social enterprise established by members of the community to cultivate an entrepreneurial culture and facilitate job creation.

All Welcome, Book your free ticket via eventbrite or email

Waterford Europe Direct Information Centre,

Central Library,

Lady Lane,

Waterford City.

0761 102975

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