MEET EUROPE'S ORDINARY HEROES

Thousands of people from different European countries are working together to keep you and your family safe. They aren't seeking recognition – they’re simply doing their job. 

Every day the EU supports and connects these people, helping them to cooperate across borders in order to protect us. Meet your ordinary heroes.

Our Environment

What kind of world do you want for your children?

Our actions have had a serious impact on the planet. But the EU is setting the pace for international action to tackle climate change, protect endangered species, save the forests and reduce air and water pollution. Together, we can play a part in protecting the environment but the EU is taking real action to support the ordinary heroes who are fighting for our environment. Meet the heroes who are protecting Europeans from today’s dangers and tomorrow’s risks. 

Preserving the natural world

Saving the sturgeon: How the EU is conserving nature and supporting locals in the Danube

Sturgeon populations in the Danube river have been dropping over the past 50 years. The loss of this ancient fish would have serious consequences for the health of the river and the Danube’s fishing communities alike. Learn about the ordinary heroes working to protect the sturgeon habitat, the animals and communities that depend on it.

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Our Society

How can we protect the communities we've built?

From supporting the hard-working businesses in your neighbourhood to looking after your life savings, from making sure that large companies pay their fair share of tax to fighting other negative effects of globalisation, discover how the EU makes it possible for ordinary heroes to safeguard the things that matter the most to you.

Combating poverty

Building Foundations: How the EU is helping to break the cycle of poverty

Unemployment, malnutrition, homelessness – poverty in its different forms affects many families across generations. The EU is going local to bolster the work of national services, social workers and volunteers, with the aim of combatting poverty and social exclusion throughout Europe.

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THE HEROES NEXT DOOR

Do you know your own local heroes?

Many people don't realise the impact they have — they are, after all, members of the community like everyone else. But in their jobs, they play a critical role in protecting the neighbourhood.
  
They are local heroes, and thanks to their work we can continue living our lives safe from harm.