Europe Direct is the European information network at the service of citizens, created by the European Commission in order to inform the citizens about the activities and opportunities offered by the European Union.
The aim is to strengthen the citizens' sense of belonging to the Union by involving them in the process of European construction.
Europe Direct Information Centers are located throughout the European Union and act as intermediaries between the EU and its citizens.
In Veneto, the service was created in 1998, and it is structured in the City of Venice - as leader - and 27 institutional partners: the Veneto Region, the Prefecture of Venice, the Provinces of Belluno, Padua, Rovigo, Treviso and the Metropolitan City of Venice, the Chamber of Commerce of Venice Rovigo Delta-Lagunare, the Eurosportello of Unioncamere Veneto, EURES - Veneto Lavoro, the Municipality of Adria, Bassano del Grappa, Castelfranco Veneto, Chioggia, Jesolo, Padua, Spinea, Thiene, Treviso, Valdagno, Vicenza and Camposampierese Municipalities Federation, the Iuav University of Venice, Ca' Foscari University of Venice, Venice International University, the ESU of Venice and the USR-Regional School Office for Veneto. Today, there are 38 information desks spread throughout the region.
VIU and Europe Direct Venezia Veneto are co-organizers of the Venice Universities' Model European Union (VeUMEU) together with Università Ca' Foscari and the Venice Diplomatic Society. The VeUMEU also benefits from the scientific support and partnership of the European Parliament Research Service, whose experts mentor the students leading up to and during the simulation.
The VEUMEU is included in the program of the City of Venice's celebrations for Europe Day that run throughout the month of May each year.
Europe Direct Website: https://www.comune.venezia.it/europedirect
Europe Day in Venice: Programme (https://www.comune.venezia.it/it/content/festa-delleuropa-venezia-maggio-2022)
Venice Universities' Model European Union https://www.univiu.org/viu-life/veumeu-2022-venice-universities-model-european-union