Tuesday, May 07, 2019

CELEBRATE Europe Day 2019 takes place at Central Library Lady Lane this Thursday at 11am with the Waterford Europe Direct Information Centre and the Southern Regional Assembly.

The event will launch an exhibition on how EU membership benefits Waterford. The Mayor of Waterford City & County Council Cllr. Declan Doocey will lead the celebration with special guest, the Cathaoirleach of the Southern Regional Assembly, Cllr. Jason Murphy, with music by the Bealtaine Choir and refreshments afterwards.

Europe Day is held on May 9 to celebrate peace and unity across Europe. It marks the anniversary of when the European Coal and Steel Community, the predecessor of the EU, was proposed by Robert Schuman in 1950.

The Waterford Europe Direct Information Centre and the Southern Regional Assembly both have roles in European affairs.

The Europe Direct Information Centre, based at Central Library, Lady Lane is a service which helps the public find answers to questions about the European Union. It offers information on all sorts of subjects related to the EU including your rights and opportunities as an EU citizen.

The Southern Regional Assembly, located on O’Connell Street, manages the Southern & Eastern Regional Programme 2014-20 which sees €500 million co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund to support a variety of benefits for the region. Most notably for Waterford, the current programme co-funded the regeneration of the Apple Market and the previous programme co-funded the revitalisation of the Waterford Crystal centre. The Assembly also has a role in a wide variety of Interreg programmes and projects that benefit Waterford.

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