EU Information Providers
Links to official websites where, you the citizen, can get advice on your rights as an EU citizen or information on EU policies
Citizens' Enquiries to the European Parliament
If you want to find out more about the activities, powers and organisation of the European Parliament, you can contact the Citizens' Enquiries Unit (Ask EP). You will also find a selection of recent topics of particular concern to citizens writing to the European Parliament and the respective answers.
Europa: official website of the EU
Europa is the official website of the European Union that provides access to information published by all EU institutions, agencies and bodies.
Your Europe - an EU advice service for the public
Your Europe Advice is an EU advice service for the public and provides help and advice on your life, work and travel in the EU. It consists of a team of lawyers who cover all EU official languages and are familiar both with EU law and national laws in all EU countries.s a freephone helpline for citizens who need practical information on their rights when they are travelling in the EU or working in another Member State. You can call the number 00 800 67 89 10 11 free of charge from anywhere in the EU.
Europe Direct-local information centres
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.
Solvit is a free Europe-wide service run by the European Commission and handles problems with a cross-border element that are due to bad application of EU law by public authorities within the EU member states. There is a Solvit centre in every European Union Member State (as well as in Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein). Information and assistance in Ireland is provided by Solvit in the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation.
Eurodesk-for young people
Eurodesk is a network of national coordinators and more than 900 local and regional partners offering tailor-made and high-quality European information to young people and those working with them.
Other useful links
European Consumer Centre in Ireland
The European Consumer Centre provides consumers with assistance and advice on their rights when shopping in another European state.
ECC Ireland is a member of the European Consumer Centre Network (ECC-Net).
Citizens Information Board
The Citizens' Information Board also provides information on the EU and on citizens' rights
European Movement Ireland
European Movement Ireland is an independent, not-for-profit, membership-based organisation working to make the connection between Irish people and the EU, campaigning for every Irish person to get involved with the European Union and by doing so, help shape it. Through running a series of campaigns, and education and training programmes, European Movement Ireland campaigns for Europe to be discussed in Ireland in a reasoned, robust and informed manner.
Institute of International and European Affairs (IIEA)
The Institute of International and European Affairs (IIEA) is an independent policy research think tank on European and International affairs based in Ireland and is an independent, not-for-profit organisation with charitable status. Its extensive research programme aims to provide its members with high-level analysis and forecasts of the challenges on the global and EU policy agendas which impact on Ireland.
Permanent Representation of Ireland to the EU
The Permanent Representation of Ireland to the EU brings together civil servants from nearly every Irish Government Department, making it Ireland's biggest diplomatic mission abroad and is based in Brussels. Its main function is to promote and represent Ireland's interests in the Council of Ministers.
Joint Oireachtas Committee on EU Affairs
The Joint Oireachtas Committee on European Union Affairs is responsible for monitoring EU activities and legislation, and their impact on Ireland.
Department of Foreign Affairs
The Department of Foreign Affairs provides information on Ireland and the EU.