EDIC University of Luxembourg
The Europe Direct Information Centre (EDIC) University of Luxembourg was inaugurated on 20 January 2020 by Nicolas Schmit, European Commissioner for Jobs and Social Rights. At the ceremony, Stéphane Pallage, Rector of the University of Luxembourg, said: “Europe faces numerous challenges, as leaders today converge or diverge on their vision for the future and even on values such as freedom of expression. While it has come far, Europe has yet to build a consensus of values, European values.” Commenting on EDIC University of Luxembourg’s important role, European Commissioner Nicolas Schmit said: “Creating this EDIC means bringing Europe closer to its citizens. Our mission as political representatives is to bring Europe closer to each and every one. Because Europe belongs to its citizens and it is part of our daily life.”
Based in the Luxembourg Learning Centre (LLC) on Belval Campus, EDIC University of Luxembourg is coordinated by the C²DH and managed by Elena Danescu, a Research Scientist at the C²DH. EDIC University of Luxembourg is geared towards a broad audience, with the aim of informing students, researchers, teachers and the general public about issues related to the European Union’s history and current affairs, as well as reflecting on potential future challenges. It organises a number of lectures, seminars, discussions and exhibitions, and offers a wide range of information about the history of European integration, the EU institutions and the workings and policies of a united Europe. EDIC University of Luxembourg is keen to maximise the potential of its location at the heart of the Greater Region, in one of the EU’s permanent capitals. It has the ambition to make a major contribution to citizen education, especially among young people, raising awareness about the European Union’s policies and helping develop teaching and research on European integration in Luxembourg. During the year 2020, EDIC put on a high quality and varied programme, with outstanding speakers. Its public events (most of which took place remotely) saw the participation of prestigious partners from all over Europe and attracted a broad audience from a variety of cultural and linguistic backgrounds.
The Europe Direct network was set up in 2005 to contribute to the overall communication efforts and transparency of the European Commission and to bring citizens closer to the European Union by providing a general information service, with more than 500 contact points all over Europe. Following its participation in the European Commission call for proposals in 2017, the University of Luxembourg was selected as a partner to run a Europe Direct Information Centre (EDIC). The agreement establishing EDIC University of Luxembourg was signed on 28 March 2019 by Stéphane Pallage, Rector of the University, and Yuriko Backes, Head of the European Commission Representation in Luxembourg.