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.


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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