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European Union: Publicity

Volume 465: debated on Thursday 25 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent action the Government has taken to inform the public about the European Union and the UK’s membership of it. (159065)

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) has a range of tools to inform the public about the EU and the UK’s membership of it. The FCO’s website at www.europe.gov.uk is a comprehensive source of information. A number of FCO officials and Ministers have recently launched blogs on the website, to explain their day-to-day dealings in European affairs. We also produce publications, such as our “Guide to the EU”, which is available free of charge, upon request.

The FCO is also involved in a number of activities to raise awareness and debate on EU issues. For example, the FCO is working with the UK Representation of the European Commission and the UK Office of the European Parliament on the “Learning Together” project, launched in March 2007, to increase partnerships between UK schools and their counterparts in Europe.