EC Launches 500 New Information Centres
Yesterday, Vice-President of the European Commission, Viviane Reding, and Othmar Karas, Vice-President of the European Parliament launched a new generation of “Europe Direct Information Centres”.
The new network will extend possibilities for citizens to get practical information and advice on exercising rights in the European Union.
There are now 500 centres in Europe, for the 500 million people in the European Union. Croatia will join the network later in 2013.
The new centres were selected by the European Commission for a five-year period on the basis of an open competition. Successful candidates, co-funded by the European Commission, can now use the label of a “Europe Direct Information Centre”.
Most centres are run by regional or local authorities, associations or chambers of commerce.
The first generation of centres was launched in 2005.