Period of consultation
10 February 2016 to 4 May 2016
Results of the consultation will be published on this page.
A report, to be published in the second half of 2016, will set out the conclusions and recommendations for the future generation of Europe Direct Information Centres (EDICs).
All members of the public and organisations.
- Seek public opinion on how EDICs are seen by the European public, and how they are used
- Gather results which can be used to design the next generation of EDICs
- Fulfil the criteria set out by the 2015 management plan of the Directorate-General for Communication, which anticipated a mid-term evaluation of the EDIC network. This evaluation was to be conducted by an external evaluation team, who would examine the performance, results and lessons learned from EDIC operations.
EDICs services provided
The network of some 500 walk-in EDICs is one of the main tools of the European Commission to engage with the public on EU-related topics at local and regional level. These centres are found in all EU Member States.
Their mission is to inform European citizens at local and regional level about the EU, referring them to specialised information sources and other services and networks. This information can cover the rights of EU citizens, the EU’s priorities, legislation, policies, programmes and funding opportunities.
EDICs also organise conferences and events and channel citizens' feedback to the EU.
Management and budget
- Operated by host organisations selected through open calls for proposals managed by European Commission national representations.
- Co-financed by the EU, with the remaining funding provided by the host organisations.
- Annual budget for EDIC grants in 2015 amounted to €11,900,000.
- Current network of EDICs (2013-17) is managed by the European Commission Directorate-General for Communication (DG COMM). It follows the first (2005-08) and second generation (2009-12).