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What is EUROPE DIRECT?
The EUROPE DIRECT Bocholt is the local contact point for questions and engagement around the European Union. It has the task of providing local citizens with information, advice, help and answers to questions about Europe, promoting involvement and informing them about current European policy events.
We do this on our Facebook page, our YouTube channel, through our events or very personally by phone, email or during an expert consultation at our premises.
We provide you with information and materials and offer you a platform to engage in conversation about the EU or European issues. Through the EUROPE DIRECT, you can also obtain all publications of the EU Publications Offce , mostly free of charge.
Europe Weeks 2023
The EUROPE DIRECT Network
The EUROPE DIRECT (ED) Bocholt is part of the Europe-wide network of EUROPE DIRECT Centres. They are a service of the European Commission and the European Parliament. The network covers all EU member states and currently counts 433 centres across Europe.
In Germany there are currently 50 EDs. We are the interface between the European Commission, the European Parliament and citizens at the local level.
REPowerEU: Where does Europe stand in the energy crisis?
The topic of the looming energy crisis was the focus of an online event organised by the Europe Direct North Rhine-Westphalia network in February. 35 participants discussed with experts.
Franca Pompey, Team Leader International Cooperations at the German Energy Agency (DENA), discussed with political scientist Siebo Janssen. Jochen Leyhe moderated the discussion in his tried and tested manner.
The REPowerEU programme of the European Commission, which aims to make Europe independent of fossil fuels and thus of Russian supplies, was discussed. Furthermore, this programme promotes the Green Deal in order to counter climate change.
The discussants noted that due to the Russian war of aggression and the resulting energy shortage, in the short term the development of new renewable energy production technologies has stalled as energy security is paramount.
However, both Siebo Janssen and Franca Pompey observed a change in thinking in large parts of the population towards renewable energies, so that in the medium and long term, with the approval of the population, corresponding projects could be implemented.