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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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:
Join us for Virtual Europe Day
Saturday 9 May from 10:00am – 11:00am
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
10:20am – 10:40am Europe Direct and Europe in the Regions
10:40am – 11:00am Europe Workings for you Careers and useful 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.
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