Representation in Ireland


The European Commission has developed a large variety of resources, including downloadable booklets and wall charts as well as interactive games, to help students learn about the European Union.

Information and links to some of the most popular are provided below.

See here for the full list of booklets published by the EU.


European Union Passport

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Bilingual, colourful, interactive and fun guide to Europe. The passport includes a range of interesting facts and figures about each of the 28 EU Member States and is an excellent source of information for children who want to learn about the European Union's capital cities, landmarks, famous people and national foods.


Ireland and the European Union DVD

Image from the cover of the DVDIreland and the European Union provides an introduction to the European Union and the tangible benefits of membership for Ireland. The resource also provides an overview of how the institutions work and how decisions are made at European level and includes interviews with key figures, including Ireland’s European Commissioner.

The DVD is divided into four standalone chapters. Click on the links below to view:


Kids' Corner website

Logo for website 'Kids' Corner' is a website for children and young people.

It includes information about children's rights – e.g. EU rights for teenage workers, what are the EU emergency numbers if you are a child in danger - as well as games, quizzes and information about the EU and its Member States.


Other resources

The following resources are available on request from the European Commission Representation in Ireland or can be downloaded below.


Let's Explore Europe

The Let's Explore Europe book for children (aged 9 to 12 years old) tells the story of Europe simply and clearly. Full of interesting facts and colourful illustrations, it gives a lively overview of Europe and explains briefly what the European Union is and how it works.



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Travelling in Europe 2016-17

Europe: a continent with thousands of years of history, a rich cultural heritage and some of the world’s most breath-taking scenery. So much for the traveller to discover and explore and all made much easier thanks to the European Union. The Travelling in Europe brochure is full of helpful tips and a map of Europe.


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United in Diversity

The United in Diversity booklet is an ideal way for children to learn about the diversity of the European family. Teachers can use it to explain what the euro and the euro area are, and introduce children to the cultural, scientific and natural heritage of the countries that make up the European Union.


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How the European Union Works

This is a guide on how the European Union (EU) works. ‘How the EU works’ means how decisions are taken at EU level and who takes those decisions. This publication first explains how EU legislation is made. It then gives further insight into each of the EU institutions, as well as the agencies and bodies supporting them.


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Europe. A journal for young people

As EU citizens, Europe is our home. So being right in the middle of it, we naturally have many questions about what Europe means and what it does. For example, who governs Europe? What does the European Union mean for our everyday lives? Where is this continent heading in a globalised world? What is the future for Europe? All of these questions and more are broached here. The journal is aimed at students aged between 13 and 18, and offers them the chance to read, learn and discuss the topics interactively. The journal is accompanied by a teachers’ guide.


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A short guide to the Euro

Read this leaflet to find out how the euro came into being, where it is used, what benefits it can bring and how it is governed. You might discover some unexpected facts! Then see overleaf for a poster which can be conveniently displayed to illustrate the key milestones of the euro construction.


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One currency for one Europe

History was made on 1 January 1999 when 11 European Union countries created a monetary union with a single currency, the euro. Euro banknotes and coins entered circulation on 1 January 2002. Fifty years after the Treaty of Rome laid the foundations of today’s EU, and based on a comprehensive reform of the economic and monetary union, the euro is the most visible symbol of European integration. This booklet looks at the history of Europe’s common currency.


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The Euro Area (Map)

Euro map poster showing the main features of the euro area as a geographical and economic entity and providing an overview of its scope and development, both past and future.


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Freedom to move and live in Europe - A guide to your rights as an EU citizen

This guide should help you better understand your rights when moving within the European Union and give you detailed practical guidance. The guide takes account of EU law as of February 2013.


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The Mystery of the Golden Stars

The primary aim of this teaching resource based on the English curriculum is to introduce some aspects of the European Union in a child-friendly way. The story allows children to discover something about what the EU is, how it works and how it may be relevant to them, in a fun and stimulating way.


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Europe without borders - The Schengen area

This booklet looks at the construction of the Schengen area, which began in 1985 when five countries signed the Schengen Agreement that set out the gradual abolition of checks at common borders. The agreement was supplemented by the 1990 Schengen Implementing Convention that set out the final abolition of internal border controls. The convention strengthened external border checks, defined procedures for issuing uniform visas, established the SIS, increased police cooperation at internal borders and improved action against drug trafficking.


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