Talk about Europe
Bridging the gap between Europe and its citizens means providing spaces – both virtual and physical – for debate on the European project.
In 2007 the first of a number of European public spaces were set up in Madrid, Tallinn and Dublin in collaboration with the European Parliament. The spaces provide a meeting place for citizens, politicians, media professionals, NGOs or others to discuss matters relating to Europe.
They’re designed to host exhibitions, films, forums of debate and lectures focusing mainly on civil society, politics, education, academia, think tanks and the cultural world. In Dublin, this is in European Union House, 18 Dawson Street, Dublin 2.
Virtual spaces are also being provided by the Commission under its Internet Strategy . Europa– the EU's multilingual web portal – is visited by around half a million people every day.
However, the sheer volume and diversity of information on the site makes it difficult to navigate. The Internet Strategy aims to make Europa simpler, more user-friendly and easier to browse and find clear information.
Europa will become increasingly interactive with blogs, ‘wikis’ and online discussion forums providing citizens with new ways to have a say on Europe.
The European Commission supports a number of events created to give citizens an opportunity to learn more about the EU and have a say in shaping its future.
Some of the events are aimed at schools and colleges including the annual Spring Day for Europe– an operation in which more than 3,000 schools across the EU hold live debates with politicians and host internet discussions between pupils in different countries.