EDIC Open consultation: 2013-2017

The current generation of Europe Direct Information Centres (EDIC) is at mid-course in its activities and we are currently preparing the next generation, due to start operations in 2018.

We want to hear what citizens, organisations and stakeholders (for example, structures currently hosting EDICs, regional/local/municipal authorities not hosting EDICs, schools, educational establishments and youth organisations, NGOs) think about EDICs.

We are interested not only in the views of people who have been in contact with EDICs, but also in the opinion of those who have not.

EDIC Background

The network of some 500 walk-in offices known as Europe Direct Information Centres (EDICs) is one of the main tools of the European Commission to engage with citizens on EU-related topics at local and regional level. The centres are present in all EU Member States.

EDIC EU-CitizensTheir mission is to inform European citizens at local and regional level by providing information about the EU, referring them to specialised information sources and signposting to other services and networks. EDICs give information, advice, assistance and answers to questions about the EU and, in particular, about the rights of EU citizens, the EU’s priorities, legislation, policies, programmes and funding opportunities. Additionally, EDICs stimulate debate through the organisation of conferences and events and channel citizens’ feedback to the EU.

EDICs are operated by host organisations selected through open calls for proposals managed by EC Representations at national level. EDICs are co-financed by the EU. The remaining funding is provided by the host organisations.

The current network of EDICs (2013-2017) is managed by the EC Directorate-General for Communication (DG COMM). It follows the first (2005-2008) and second generation (2009-2012).

The link below will give you more info on the consulatation and a link off to the survey itself.

Thanks for taking the time to respond!

http://ec.europa.eu/dgs/communication/take-part/consultations/2013-2017-edics_en.htm