The Concept of Team Europe
Team Europe in Member States
Created in 1989 by the European Commission, Team
Europe is a network of some 550 EU-information experts, primarily in the
fifteen old member states. The experts provide information on the
institutions, decision-making processes and policies of the EU at events
organised throughout the Member States. For instance, team members may be
invited by NGOís, business organisations or others to participate in
events such as seminars, conferences, debates or training sessions. The
network covers every EU-policy area and each of the Unionís working
languages. The overall aim of the network is to strengthen the integration
of European citizens into the European Union.
Team members are mainly people with a high interest
in EU-affairs. Many members have published books and articles and appear
regularly in the regional or national media (radio and television), thus
reaching a very broad public.
Due to the decentralised structure of the networks,
the information experts are available for conferences etc. in virtually
all regions of the Union. Also, the decentralised structure allows the
knowledge and expertise available locally to be used to promote public
discussion about the European Union on a regional and national level.
The network is run and maintained by the European
Commissionís DG Press and Communication. The Commission works closely
with co-ordinators at the Commissionís Representations in the capitals
of member states, who are responsible for the co-ordination of national
teams and recruitment of new members. The team members also benefit from
regular training programmes organised in Member States and Brussels, in
order to keep the members updated with the latest EU-developments and
At the Commissionís Representations in each member
state / region, a full list of national team members can be provided,
containing contact details and individual responsibility / knowledge areas
of each member.
For further readings, please view the following site:
which has been produced for the European Commissionís Directorate
General (DG) Press and Communication.
If you want to search for
team members in a specific country, this can be done on the following
Team Europe in Accession
The European Institute has created a number of
Team Europe networks in Accession countries. So, in 1999, a Team Europe
Ė Estonia was created, followed in 2003 by Team Europe Ė Lithuania
and Team Europe - Latvia.