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Events organised by the European Commission Representation in Ireland
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The European Commission Representation in Ireland organises a large range of events here at the Representation and in partnership with other organisations. See below for details of ongoing or upcoming events. For details of recent events, follow this link.

A list of our 2013 activities is available here.

July 2014 to May 2015: Citizens Rights Exhibition, Europe Direct Information Centres around Ireland

The European Commission Representation in Ireland is launching a new exhibition on European Citizens' Rights entitled: "What does it mean to be a citizen of the European Union?".

Over twenty years ago the member states signed the treaty of Maastricht, which established EU citizenship.  Any person who holds the nationality of an EU country is automatically also an EU citizen. EU citizenship is additional to and does not replace national citizenship.

Being an EU citizen guarantees you a number of rights which are relevant to your daily life. It also offers you various channels you can use to make yourself heard in Europe. European legislation guarantees such fundamental principles as freedom, the right to vote, as well as such practical issues as compensation for flight delays or lower phone tariffs when using your mobile phone abroad. The EU wants you to be aware of and to make full use of the rights you have as a European citizen every day.

This exhibition was originally produced by the European Commission Representation in Spain via the Regional Office in Barcelona and will be showcased in the several Europe Direct Information Centres around Ireland as follows:

15 - 31 July 2014Blanchardstown Library
1 August - 18 September 2014Dundalk Library
23 - 25 September 2014National Ploughing Championship, Ratheniska, Co Laois
30 September - 21 October 2014Letterkenny Library, Co. Donegal
22 October - 25 November 2014Tubbercurry Library, Co. Sligo
26 November - 7 January 2015Carraroe Laibrary, Co. Galway
8 January - 4 February 2015Ballinasloe Library, Co. Galway
5 February - 4 March 2015Mallow Library, Co. Cork
5 March - 8 April 2015Waterford Library
7 April - 12 May 2015Mountmellick Library, Co. Laois


Wednesday 16 July: Discussion on "Decent Work for Women in Ireland: Challenge and Opportunity"

The National Women’s Council of Ireland, in cooperation with the European Commission Representation of Ireland, is organising a discussion on "Decent Work for Women in Ireland: Challenge and Opportunity". 

The discussion, which will take place on Wednesday, 16 July from 10.30 to 12.30 at European Union House, 18 Dawson Street, Dublin 2, will explore some of the challenges that face women in the workplace in Ireland today, including precarious work and access to childcare, looking at European engagement with such issues and the importance of collective organisation.

Chaired by Barbara Nolan, speakers on the day will include Mary Banotti, former MEP, Alice Mary Higgins, Policy Officer NWCI, David Joyce, Equality Officer ICTU and Marie Sherlock, Economic Advisor SIPTU

A selection of short extracts from Katie O’Kelly’s play “Counter Culture” on the theme of zero hour contracts will also be  performed by the author.

Numbers are limited so please reserve your place by contacting NWCI at 01 8787248 or email


Tuesday 23 to Thursday 25 September: EU Commission at the National Ploughing Championships, Ratheniska, Stradbally, Co. Laois

This year the European Commission Representation stand at the National Ploughing Championships will be all about letting you know what the EU is doing in the area of “Agriculture and Research” with a spotlight on new technologies in agriculture.

The Joint Research Centre (JRC) will be in the marquee showing how these new technologies are making a difference in everyday farming life. There will be demonstrations/information on EU-funded Irish based technology and an interactive experimental area where you can get hands-on with some of the projects.

So join us and discover the rights that EU citizenship gives you, such as the right to move and reside freely in any Member State, or the right to vote in local or European elections wherever you reside in the EU.

Every day there will be plenty to keep you entertained:

Exhibition: European Citizen Rights – See what impact being a member of the EU has on your day to day life, the rights that you as an EU citizen have, such as freedom of movement and opportunities to work and study anywhere in the EU

Kids’ area- Lots of prizes to be won with games and quizzes, there will be an interactive video and a photo booth for you to take photos of yourself and your friends at the ploughing. You can also help Light the Beacon for climate change and be in with a chance to win an iPad (

A wide range of publications on current EU agricultural topics and the EU in general will be available in the tent.

SOLVIT, Your Europe and Single Point of Contact

Did you know that if you have problems asserting your rights as an EU citizen or business there is help at hand?  SOLVIT ( , Your Europe ( and the Irish Point of Single Contact ( can help you with any difficulties that you may come across.

So drop into us in the European Commission Representation stand and find out what the EU is doing for agriculture and why not have an Irish apple while you are there?


Last update: 10/07/2014  |Top