60 Good Reasons for the EU – Why we need European Union
The European idea was put into words on 9 May 1950 by the French Foreign Minister Robert Schuman. The aim was to bind European nations together with such strong economic ties in the service of peace that war between them would no longer be possible. The founding of the European Coal and Steel Community in 1952 was the first step and was followed by the Treaties of Rome in 1957, which marked the beginning of Europe’s peace project. Today more than half a billion Europeans live in peace and freedom – thanks to the EU.
Published to mark the 60th anniversary of the signing of the Treaties of Rome, this publication details 60 good reasons to be part of the EU, ranging from peace and security to economic prosperity, consumer rights, environmental protection, education and research cooperation, etc.
This publication can be downloaded here.
Ireland's Economic Future - An EU perspective
The brochure can be downloaded here.
The EU in your county
The EU has made a major contribution to Ireland’s economic and social development since we joined the Common Market in 1973.
At a local level too, the EU has made a real difference to people’s lives. Over the last 40 years, the EU has provided significant funding to a wide range of projects and initiatives all over Ireland. It is also important to remember that, in addition to large infrastructure projects, the EU has funded many local initiatives which are aimed at improving the day-to-day lives of people in small but important ways.
Click on the links below to find out what the EU has done for your county.
EU Citizens Information leaflets
In January 2011 the European Commission Representation in Ireland, in cooperation with the Citizens Information Board, launched a series of EU Citizens Information leaflets in clear, jargon-free language.
The leaflets, which are designed to provide comprehensive information about the EU to people living in Ireland, were updated at the end of 2013. See below for links to the updated versions: