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Minister Byrne announces €100k available to promote dialogue on Europe


The Minister of State for European Affairs, Thomas Byrne, TD, has today invited voluntary organisations, educational bodies and civil society groups to apply for funding under the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s Communicating Europe Initiative.

Announcing the launch of the scheme, Minister Byrne said;

“Ireland is fully committed to being at the heart of the European Union. To be an effective member, we must maintain a vigorous public discussion about Europe - so that the public are aware of how the EU affects their lives, of the many benefits it provides as well as how they themselves can help shape the EU.

The Communicating Europe Initiative is a key project in ensuring that our citizens are better informed on European issues and so can contribute more effectively to the ongoing considerations on the future of Europe.”

The Communicating Europe Initiative aims to deepen public awareness of the role the EU plays in our daily lives and improve the quality and accessibility of public information on European issues, particularly at regional or national level.

Projects should communicate European issues, the role of the European Union, the Future of Europe and Ireland’s place in Europe.

Funding of €100,000 has been made available under the scheme this year.

Further details including application forms are now available from The closing date for applications is Friday 31 July 2020.


Press Office

10 July 2020

Note for Editors:
The Communicating Europe Initiative (CEI) was established in 1995 to raise awareness about the European Union and to improve the quality and accessibility of public information on European issues.

The programme is administered by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. Projects which promote dialogue on the Future of Europe are particularly encouraged. Funding of €100,000 will be available this year for Communicating Europe Initiative projects.

Previous projects funded have included in the areas of contemporary EU issues, media, schools interaction, employment opportunities in EU Institutions and EU related Citizens’ Dialogues.
The closing date for receipt of applications is Friday 31 July 2020. Successful applicants will be notified in early September.  Further details and an application form are now available from

CEI Application Form

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