Useful Links

Learn more about Ireland’s relationship and engagement with the EU from the following organisation and websites:

European Movement International
European Movement Ireland is part of the pan-European network, European Movement International. EM International is an organisation open to all political, economic, social and cultural trends in civil society. It seeks to encourage and facilitate the active participation of citizens and civil society organisations in the European Union as it develops. European Movement’s 42 National Councils and 32 associated Member Organisations work towards bringing together representatives from European associations, political parties, enterprises, trade unions and individual lobbyists. The current President of European Movement International is German MEP, Jo Leinen.

Department of the Taoiseach
The Department of the Taoiseach is committed to building public understanding and knowledge about Ireland’s EU membership. As a part of this, the Department administers the Communicating Europe Initiative. This Initiative awards funding to projects that are aimed at deepening public awareness of the role that the EU plays in the daily lives of Irish citizens.

Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
The Europe Division within the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade has responsibility for all aspects of Irish bilateral relations with EU countries and other European countries. It leads on Ireland’s contribution to EU enlargement, neighbourhood and external relations policies. The Division also has management responsibility for Ireland’s diplomatic offices in Europe.

European Commission Representation in Ireland
The European Commission Representation in Ireland is part of the Commission’s network of representative offices throughout the Member States of the European Union. The Representation acts as the Commission’s voice in Ireland and aims to communicate EU affairs at both national and local levels.

European Consumer Centre
ECC Ireland is part of the European Consumer Centre Network and provides advice, information and support on consumer rights when buying goods and services in another European country. The ECC Network also offers a dispute resolution service. ECC Ireland provides feedback to the European Commission on the key cross-border consumer problems faced by Irish consumers and assist in identifying problem areas and contributing to policy discussion on changes required in that area.

European Cultural Foundation
Established in 1954 and based in The Netherlands, the European Cultural Foundation (ECF) is an independent, Europe-wide foundation which initiates and supports cultural exchange and creative expression across Europe. The Foundation links policy and practice to act as catalysts for artistic and cultural expression and to have a concrete impact on European cultural policies and strategies.

European Movement Northern Ireland
EMNI is Northern Ireland’s leading pro-European organisation. It brings together people who share a common interest in European cooperation in its widest sense.  The movement in Belfast works closely with other branches of the Movement including EM in Britain and the Republic of Ireland.  The current committee of EMNI hope to organise more events, provide more services to members, enhance communication to members and increase membership.   The Movement is keen to provide speakers for events or media items concerning Northern Ireland in Europe.  Simply contact  For information on membership, events or general information, please contact

European Parliament Information Office in Ireland
The European Parliament Office in Ireland provides information on the European Parliament’s role and powers; on Irish MEPs and their activities; and on issues currently being considered by the Parliament which are of significance for Ireland and for Europe as a whole. It seeks to provide information on the rights Irish people have as EU citizens and to be a resource for Irish schools.

European Youth Parliament
Founded in 1987, the European Youth Parliament (EYP) reaches out to young people across Europe, encouraging them to have their say about the future of the EU. Since its foundation over a decade ago, EYP Ireland has organised dozens of conferences and mock Parliament sessions for secondary school students across the country, promoting awareness of European issues among young people.

Michael Sweetman Educational Trust
The Michael Sweetman Educational Trust was established in 1976 in memory of economist Michael Sweetman. An advocate of Ireland’s entry into the European Economic Community, Mr. Sweetman was a former Director of European Movement Ireland. Following his death, an Education Trust was established in his memory. This Trust now takes the form of an essay competition embracing the Contemporary Issues Task (with a European dimension) of the Leaving Certificate Applied course for students of VEC Schools, colleges and centres.

Office of the Minister of State for European Affairs
The Office of the Minister of State for European Affairs, a position currently held by Dara Murphy TD, operates jointly under the auspices of the Department of the Taoiseach and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. The Minister of State chairs an Interdepartmental Committee on European Engagement which co-ordinates EU policy and related EU issues across Government. He accompanies the Taoiseach to European Council meetings and represents Ireland at the General Affairs Council. The Minister of State is also responsible for the EU Digitial Single Market and Data Protection.

EU Institutions

European Commission

European Union External Action Service

European Parliament

Council of the European Union

European Council

European Court of Auditors

European Court of Justice

European Economic and Social Committee

Committee of the Regions

European Central Bank

European Ombudsman

European Investment Bank

Other European Bodies

European Court of Human Rights

EU Careers: The European Personnel Selection Office

EU Publications Office

European Environment Agency