Help for citizens
There are many sources of help and advice for European citizens. The European Commission is dedicated to helping you exercise your rights and take advantage of the opportunities you have as a citizen of the Union. This page provides links to places where you can learn more about what the European Union has to offer and tells you where to look for assistance if you think your rights are being infringed and/or you want to make a complaint.
The Office for Official Publications of the European Communities (Publications Office) is the publishing house of the European Union (EU). With a staff of just under 700 and a budget of € 90 million it is one of the world's major publishing organisations. Click here to learn more about its activities and how you can access the EU's official publications.
Funding and grants
Every year, the European Union disburses significant sums of money in support of its policy objectives. The Commission makes direct financial contributions in the form of grants in support of projects or organizations which further the interests of the EU or contribute to the implementation of an EU programme or policy. Interested parties can apply by responding to calls for proposals. Click here for more information.
Companies based in one EU country can bid freely for public authorities' contracts in other EU countries. Authorities throughout the EU used harmonised, transparent procedures for selecting contractors. Click here and here to find out more about the rules governing public procurement in the European Union.
If you are interested in bidding for a contract look in the TED database which is updated five times a week with approximately 1500 public procurement notices from the European Union, the European Economic Area and beyond.
The Commission itself uses public contracts to buy goods and services - studies, technical assistance and training; consultancy, conference and publicity services; books and IT equipment etc. The providers are selected via calls for tender which are issued by the Commission departments, offices and agencies around Europe. Check here for calls for tender issued by the European Commission Representation in Nicosia.
Working in the EU institutions
If you are interested in working for the European Union, you can consult the European Personnel Selection Office (EPSO), in order to find out about the range of job opportunities and types of employment in the EU institutions and even apply online for a competition or selection procedure. If you are a young university graduate, you may work as a trainee in the European Commission. More information is available here.
The Representation of the European Commission in Cyprus organises every year information visits to Brussels. The aim of these visits is to acquaint the participants with the European Union's institutions (Commission, Council, Parliament, European Economic and Social Committee and Committee of the Regions). Here you can find more information on past and upcoming information visits.