The Europe Direct network of information offices (EDIC) is one of the main tools of the European Commission to engage with citizens on EU-related topics at local and regional level.
Servizzi Ewropej f’Malta (SEM), the Institute for European Studies at the University of Malta, and the Gozo Business Chamber have been chosen by the European Commission to host EDIC Valletta, EDIC University and EDIC Gozo between 2018 and 2020.
The EDICs’ mission is to provide EU
citizens with information about the
EU, referring them to specialized
information services and signposting to
other services and networks.
EDICs give information, advice, assistance, and answers to questions
about the EU and, in particular, about the rights of EU citizens, the EU’s priorities, legislation, policies, programmes, and funding opportunities.
Additionally, EDICs stimulate debate
through the organization of conferences
and events, and channel citizens’ feedback to the EU.
The Europe Direct network is one of the main channels of information about the EU for European citizens with the overall objective of providing citizens with easy access to information about the EU and its activities. The centres are hosted within existing entities that guarantee a good geographical coverage as well as the necessary capacity and expertise to deal with EU queries from the public, direct enquiries to the best sources of information on EU matters and provide EU publications available for public dissemination.
A new feature of this dynamic generation is the ability to go the extra mile with their work programme, moving forward to a proactive approach where it engages with civil society, for example by organising Citizens’ Dialogues or being willing to do transnational pilot projects, bringing together EDICs from either side of a border.