EUROPE DIRECT Šiauliai Center
The EUROPE DIRECT Siauliai Information Centre (ED) is a part of the European Union’s Europe Direct network. The Europe Direct network was launched in 2005. Centres in the Member States are one of the European Commission’s ways of providing the public with comprehensive information on the EU at local level. The activities of the centres are funded by the European Commission. All services of the centres are free of charge.
A new generation of the EUROPE DIRECT centres started operating in nine Lithuanian cities on 1 May 2021. They operate in Kaunas, Klaipėda, Marijampolė, Panevėžys, Šiauliai, Tauragė, Telšiai, Utena and Visaginas. There are 424 centres across the European Union.
The EUROPE DIRECT Siauliai Centre (ED) presents the European Union, its policies and values. It helps to maintain an important link between the EU institutions and citizens. Moreover, it aims to demonstrate how Europe is tackling the COVID-19 pandemic and promoting economic recovery through the NextGenerationEU programme and the green and digital transitions. At the same time, the ED regularly provides objective information on European issues. It encourages the discussion with citizens about the state and future of the European Union.
Considering previous generations, the role and mandate of the EUROPE DIRECT Siauliai Centre, like other network centres, have been modernized in 2021. The new generation centre organizes citizens’ dialogues and various participatory events, such as the Conference on the Future of Europe. It contributes to the development of the European public space as well. The centre provides local media with relevant information on the EU policies and priorities, incorporates them into its activities and helps the European Commission monitor local aspects of the EU policies. The ED also promotes active European citizenship in schools and coordinates with other EU networks in the regions and local communication partners. By acting so, the centre ensures easier access to information for citizens, organizations and businesses.
All European Direct offers are free of charge
They are co-funded by the European Commission