In Montpellier, a House of Europe to raise awareness and inform

A Montpellier, une Maison de l’Europe pour informer et sensibiliser

Anthony Durand (g.) and Laurent Pradeille, director and president of the structure.

Installed in Montpellier since 1983, it continues its mission for thirty-five years.

On Wednesday, Montpellier remembered that eight years ago disappeared, Georges Frêche. The former mayor of the former capital of the Languedoc-Roussillon region, it was also a question in the same day, the House of Europe, born in 1983, of the will of a few citizens in montpellier pro-european initiative, supported by Georges Frêche.

Involve the citizen

“He had to his city a european policy and international relations very assertive”, echoed in this October 24, Laurent Pradeille and Anthony Smith, respectively president and director of the House of Europe. That has changed, and in the course of his thirty-five years of existence, as we have explained the two men : “We are an association law 1901, the City of Montpellier welcomes you in these rooms and we are labelled Europe direct information Centre by the Commission.”

In other words, the House of Europe “is to inform and educate the public on the european project and how Europe is involved on a daily basis in the region. We want to advise and involve the citizen. And make him want to go to vote in the european in may. But we are not “eurobéats”, we also want to explain, particularly compared to the deluge of false information that may be circulating. As we have seen, for example, at the time of Brexit”, are as MESSRS. Pradeille and Durand.

A mission which may take various forms, the organization of meetings or conferences, the citizen consultation, such as in the Antigone of associations in Montpellier. With a mini-poll at a booth dedicated, which wore on the will of the people polled are going to vote on may 26th. Data and information are then lifts to Brussels. Finally, the structure also promotes the establishment of info points Europe, in local communities or institutions.

Fifty points in the Hérault and the Gard

“We install particular displays with the documentation, and we assist in the training of staff to respond to questions from citizens. But we can also organise conferences, debates, film screenings, etc,” fifty points of this type already exist in the Hérault and the west of the Gard, and are set to expand in Aveyron. To present it here, too, the political (and funding) of Brussels.


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