Inform. Inspire. Facilitate. Visit: http://ec.europa.eu/sport/week/ more videos: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLJmEREKFYU8XIURXesu2BsgpVY6j6xUvc
Central Library, The Arts Space
Come and join us at this free event!
Taster sessions in a variety of languages
Meet local colleges and language providers to find out more about language courses
Meet the Interpreting and Translation Team
Join the Language Exchange Scheme at Central Library
Win a prize, enter the Language quiz
Books and music to borrow in other languages
Is English not your first language? Find out about online resources to improve your English and try the Citizenship Test
Naric – find out about overseas qualifications comparability
Visit our Europe Direct Centre
Light refreshments will be provided
Free event, no booking required. Everyone welcome.
Want to compare your country with other European countries and to see in one glance the differences among them? Take a look at Eurostat’s new infographic: My country in a bubble.
How do EU countries compare? To help citizens visualise the similarities and differences between their country and others, Eurostat has produced a new online infographic tool called My country in a bubble. The application enables comparisons to be made in about 50 indicators for EU member states and EFTA countries. The indicators are grouped into the following themes: economy and finance; population and social conditions; industry, trade and services; agriculture and fisheries; international trade; transport; environment and energy, and, science and technology.
The EU supports entrepreneurs and businesses with a wide range of programmes providing ﬁnancing through local financial institutions. Every year the EU supports more than 200,000 businesses. Funding is available for startups, entrepreneurs and companies of any size or sector. A wide range of financing is available: loans, guarantees, equity funding and other.
But how can businesses access EU funds that are made available via local financial institutions? The Access to Finance website is a database set up for that purpose, to help users locate banks or venture capital funds that provide finance supported by the EU.
The Access to finance webportal helps you to finance your projects with EU funds. It is easy, complete and up-to-date.
Do you need further advice free of charge?
You can also contact one of our 600 Enterprise Europe
Network offices where experts can help you find international business partners, give advice on EU law
and guidance on how to access EU funding. Find your local branch here: http://een.ec.europa.eu/
InnovFin Programme (Horizon 2020)
– Loans and guarantees to innovative businesses
– Financing of research & development projects
– Equity (early and start-up phase)
– Guarantees to small and medium-sized enterprises for loans
mainly up to €150,000
– Equity (growth and expansion stage)
European Structural and Investment Funds (ESI funds)
– Loans, guarantees, equity fi nancing or grants to businesses.
Support is provided from multi-annual programmes
co-financed by the EU.
Programme for Employment and Social
– Microloans up to €25,000 to micro-enterprises and to vulnerable
persons who wish to set up or develop a micro-company
– Equity up to €500,000 to social enterprises
One website with access to over €100 billion of
finance from various EU programmes:
How does the European Union contribute to fostering an understanding of its history and diversity? And how does it attempt to boost EU civic participation? As this brief from the European Parliament Research Service explains, Europe for Citizens is an EU programme aimed at encouraging direct participation in EU policies by citizens, and promoting dialogue between the EU institutions, civil society organisations and municipalities. With over five million citizens (directly or indirectly) involved in the programme, and €185.5 million available for the period 2014-2020, Europe for Citizens has earmarked funding for two main areas. One is called “European remembrance”, which this year looks at crimes against humanity during the Second World War; and the consequences of the war for Europe’s architecture.
European remembrance– the EU as a peace project
The programme supports initiatives which reflect on the causes of the totalitarian regimes that blighted Europe’s modern history, look at its other defining moments and reference points, and consider different historical perspectives.
The other area, entitled “Democratic engagement and civic participation”, focuses on debating the future of Europe in 2015.
Democratic engagement & civic participation– getting citizens involved
1. Town twinning
Projects will bring together citizens from twinned towns to debate issues from the European political agenda. They will develop opportunities for societal engagement and volunteering at EU level.
2. Networks of towns
Towns are encouraged to cooperate with other towns on a long‑term basis to explore particular topics or themes, share resources or interests, gain influence or face common challenges.
3. Civil society projects
These projects give citizens an opportunity to participate concretely in the EU policy-making process. They stimulate debates to propose practical solutions through cooperation at European level.
The European Year for Development
Humanitarian Aid Natural disasters, wars, and conflicts can have devastating effects on civilians, depriving them from the basics of subsistence like food or electricity, sometimes overnight. Humanitarian aid ensures the very survival of the affected populations after a crisis hits by responding to basic needs such as food, shelter, clean water or physical protection. European humanitarian aid is unconditional. It is there for anyone who needs it, regardless of race, ethnicity, religion, gender, age or political beliefs. It is about human dignity, not about politics. https://europa.eu/eyd2015/en?month=8#theme-of-the-month ECHO : http://ec.europa.eu/echo EU Aid Volunteers http://ec.europa.eu/echo/what/humanitarian-aid/eu-aid-volunteers_en Humanitarian aid and civil protection Humanitarian aid and civil protection – Helping victims of disasters and conflicts, and protecting those at risk (2014) ‘European humanitarian aid makes a true difference for thousands and thousands of people who know that Europe is a force which stands for those universal values that are so essential to make the world a better place to live in.’ This brochure is part of the series ‘The European Union explained’ that explains what the EU does in the fields where it has powers, why it does this and what it achieves. Download the brochure on EU Bookshop http://bookshop.europa.eu/en/humanitarian-aid-and-civil-protection-pbNA0214281/?CatalogCategoryID=tgUKABst4kkAAAEjJ5EY4e5L