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Closed consultation: EDIC 2013-2017

Mid-Evaluation of the 2013-2017 generation of Europe Direct Information Centres (EDICs)

The contributions can be submitted in all EU languages. You can select your preferred language from the list of languages shown on the survey page.

Targeted groups

All citizens and organisations are welcome to contribute to this consultation.

Period for consultation

From 10/02/2016 to 04/05/2016


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.

Their 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 annual budget for EDIC grants in 2015 amounts to EUR 11 900 000.

Objective of the consultation

As per the 2015 DG COMM Management Planpdf(491 kB) Choose translations of the previous link  , a mid-term evaluation of the EDIC network had to be undertaken at the mid-point of project implementation. For this purpose, an external evaluation team will examine the performance of the current EDICs, will assess what results they have achieved so far and the lessons learned, in order to lay out a path for the future generation. In addition to the evaluation tools including data collection, interviews, surveys, etc. The evaluation process will also include a public consultation.

Seeking the views and opinions of the public at large would provide the Commission with powerful insights into the way EDICs are perceived and used by the citizens in Europe. The results from the mid-term evaluation and the Public consultation contributions will be used by the Commission to design the next generation of EDICs.

How to submit your contribution

Please read carefully all the consultation information, including the reference documents, personal data protection rules and privacy statement before filling in the questionnaire.

In the interest of transparency, organisations (e.g. NGOs) are invited to provide the public with relevant information about themselves by registering in the Transparency Register and subscribing to its Code of Conduct.

If you are a registered organisation, please indicate in the questionnaire your Identification data the name of your organisation, its field of activity and your Register ID number. Your contribution will then be considered as representing the views of your organisation.

If your organisation is not registered, you have the opportunity to register now. Then return to this page to submit your contribution as a registered organisation.

The organisations interested in submitting contributions are asked to provide the Commission with information about whom and what they represent. If an organisation decides not to provide this information, it is the Commission's stated policy to list the contribution as part of the individual contributions.

Received contributions, in order to be taken into consideration, must be published on the internet. It is important to read the specific privacy statement attached to this consultation for information on how your personal data and contribution will be dealt with.

Protection of personal data

Specific privacy statementpdf(19 kB) Choose translations of the previous link 

Background documents

Reference documents

More information about EDICs

View the contributions

Received contributions will be published on this web page.

Depending on the results of the evaluation and the contributions received in the context of the public consultation a final report will be produced which sets out the conclusions and recommendations for the future generation of EDICs. The report will be released in the second half of 2016. For updates, please check this website.

Contact details

COMM.C3 Citizens' contact