Europe Direct

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.

Europe Direct Soapbox Competition 2019

The Annual Europe Direct Soapbox Competition will take place in The Large Room, City Hall, Waterford City on Monday 21 October 2019 from 10:00am – 1:00pm.

The topic is: Climate Change is Not My Problem

• Entrants are invited to deliver a three-minute speech for or against the topic.

• Contestants will compete in one of two categories:

1) 18 and under; 2) 19 and over.

– A winner from each category will be selected on the day.

– Winners will each receive an iPad

– Winners will be invited to the National Final which takes place in Dublin during November to compete for €1000 and a trip to Brussels.

Please note for the 18 and under category due to popular demand places are limited to 4 entries per school.

The closing date for entries is Tuesday 15 October at 5:00pm 

  Download the Application Form and Competition Rules


Please send your completed entries to: or post to: Europe Direct Information Centre, Central Library, Lady Lane, Waterford City, X91 V045.

Waterford Europe Direct Information Centre,

Central Library,

Lady Lane,

Waterford City.

0761 102975

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