With European elections expected in May next year, the EU has launched a new website aimed at helping ordinary people across the union understand the positive benefits of their membership.
The multilingual website called, ‘What Europe Does For Me’ was created by the European Parliamentary Research Service and it presents hundreds of easy-to-read, one-page notes giving examples of the positive difference that the EU makes to people’s lives. Users can easily find specific information about what Europe does for their region, their profession or their favourite pastime.
The move comes as last month’s Eurobarometer survey last month indicated that 68% of those agreed that their country has benefitted from EU membership.
The database is made up around 1800 one-page notes available to be read, shared and reused as online pages or PDF files, split into two categories. The first section ‘In my region’, allows users to select the place where they and their family live or work. How is Europe present in our towns, cities and regions? This section of the website covers over 1 400 localities in every part of the European Union.
The second section of the site, ‘In my life’, lets each user select from 400 ‘one-pagers’ to find things that are important to her or to him personally. How does the EU affect, for example, families, health care, hobbies, travel, security, consumer choices and social rights? How does the EU support people in their professional lives in dozens of jobs – from beekeepers to bus drivers to brewers? What has the EU done for people who enjoy leisure activities such as sport, music or watching television? A series of podcasts in a growing number of languages is also available for this section.
Speaking at the website’s launch today, European Parliament President Antonio Tajani said, ‘Europeans ask what the EU has done for them and this new European Parliament website provides clear, jargon-free answers. It will be a valuable tool in bringing Europe closer to its citizens’