The Europe Direct Lund office has been approved by the EU Commission
Lund's application to establish a Europe Direct office in Lund has now been approved by the EU Commission in Sweden. This means that Lund is taking another step towards strengthening both European and international work within the municipality. Europe Direct will be a partner to the European Commission and the European Parliament.
Lund municipality wants to increase knowledge and decrease distance to the EU. “This was one of the arguments when the Municipal Board in October 2020 decided that Lund would apply to host a so-called ‘Europe Direct’ office. Lund won against 21 other applicants, and will now establish an office by the 1st of May 2021.”
- With a Europe Direct office, which is the European Commission's extended arm into the Union, more Lund residents will have the opportunity to partake in all the opportunities of the European collaboration, and as a historic university city, we will move even closer to the EU. Lund has been named by the EU Commission as Europe's most creative and cultural city and I am very pleased with the news that Lund will host a Europe Direct office, which demonstrates that the EU wants further direct contacts between Lund, Brussels, and other leading innovation environments on the continent, says Philip Sandberg (L), Mayor of the City of Lund.
Trelleborg and Malmö co-finance
The application was supported by the city of Malmö and Trelleborg municipality, who are co-financiers. There was also support from a number of organizations in Lund, such as Lund University and the Centre for European Studies.
- With Sweden's most international university, a strong international character and inhabitants with many international contacts, Lund is a great place for a Europe Direct office. We are now able to take further steps in our international work, says Anders Almgren (S), Second Vice Chairman of the Municipal Board.
Europe Direct (EDIC) is a network of information offices run by the European Commission and the European Parliament in about 400 locations around Europe and Sweden. They act as local information offices to assist the public in navigating through EU regulations, documents, funds, and programs. The Europe Direct offices are primarily responsible for arranging events, conferences, debates, and informative activities about future challenges for Europe. The offices are independent from the Commission and the activities should be managed with regards to local priorities and needs.
Europe Direct wants to contribute to strengthened collaboration and increased knowledge
- An initiative such as Europe Direct contributes to improved European collaboration - something we especially see a need for after a year of the pandemic. In this context, Europe Direct has an important role to contribute to an increase in knowledge locally and regionally, however simultaneously encourage discussions surrounding the Europe our citizens want. Therefore, I am happy that Lund will now have a Europe Direct office, says Christoffer Nilsson, Municipal Director.
Funding for the Europe Direct offices partly derives from the EU and partly from the applicants. The Municipal Board decided to set aside 400 000 SEK per year for Europe Direct Lund during its meeting on October 7. The application is valid for the period 2021 through to 2025.
Facts about Europe Direct Information Office (EDIC)
- Run by the European Commission together with the European Parliament, local and regional partners
- During the period 2018-2020, there were just over 440 information offices around the EU, and 14 of these were in Sweden
- Contributes to the work of the European Commission and the European Parliament in disseminating information regarding the EU with the aim to communicate with the public on a local and regional level.
- Aims to involve the public in EU affairs by creating a sustainable environment for networking.