EU Information

In October 2000, European Union Information Points (ESIP) were created in Latvian District and Urban Libraries. This project was developed by the Office of European Integration, the European Union Information Centre (ESIC) in cooperation with the Latvian National Library Service and other institutions. Currently, 32 European Union information points are operating in Latvian libraries. The activities of the ESIP in Latvia are coordinated by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Latvia and the European Commission's representation in Latvia.


THE aim of the ESIP points is to provide citizens with easily accessible information on the scope of the European Union and how it affects their daily lives. General answers are provided, but advice will be provided for specific questions.



• books, publications and other information materials on the European Union,

• inquiries (clarification and clarification) on the European Union,

• consultation on sources of information on European Union matters;

• use of Internet services by visiting websites and databases for information on the EU.



• general information on the European Union;

• practical information on various issues;

• free information materials;

• the journal “Latvia in the European Union”;

• an interactive game “40 mins around Europe”;

• clarify the facts related to the EU;

• European national roadmaps;

• useful internet addresses (direct answers to general questions about the European Union, EU structural funds, information on consumer and citizens' rights in the EU, etc.);

• tips to help you overcome practical problems through your rights in Europe.


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The most extensive sources of information about the European Union are official websites of the EU institutions and the Latvian authorities.

  • Information about EU institutions, policies, Member States, history and other EU related issues can be consulted on the EU portal.
  • Information about the EU is available in a dedicated EU channel, EUTube, which offers the opportunity to watch and comment on videos.
  • Information about the European Union can be obtained by calling special information phones. For example, a common Europe Direct phone 00800 6 7 8 9 10 11 has been set up in the European Union, which can be called from all Member States and answered in any of the official languages of the EU.
  • At the same time, information about the EU can also be obtained on-the-spot by visiting the European Union Information Points, the European Commission's Europe Direct Information Centres, the EU home and non-governmental organisations.
  • In schools, the creation of European clubs promotes young people's awareness and knowledge of the policies of the EU, its institutions and its competence. At the same time, public interest in EU matters is promoted through invitations to tender for EU issues.
  • There is also a directory phone in Latvia – a Euroinfo phone (8 0000 3 0000) to which EU questions can be raised.