How do I get a job in another European country? My flight has been cancelled – what are my rights? What EU grants can my organisation apply for? Is it safe to shop online in another EU country? Are there any EU rules that guarantee the quality of our food?
These are some typical questions people have about the EU. We can answer them.
The Europe Direct Contact Centre is run by the European Commission. We answer any question from the public about the European Union, via phone or email. Our staff includes native speakers of all the EU's 24 official languages.
Unfortunately, Europe Direct is not able to do any of the following:
Our services do not cost you anything. You can call us from anywhere in the EU, for free at 00 800 6 7 8 9 10 11. In a very few cases some tele operators do not allow access or charge for this. That is why you can also reach us via alternative numbers in each country.
You can write or call us from anywhere in the world. If calling from outside the EU, you pay the standard network rate. You can also make internet phone calls.
Outside our opening hours – working days 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Central European Time – you can leave a message, or ask us to phone back using this form.
For written enquiries, we normally answer within 3 days. More complex enquiries may take longer. On the average we answer phone calls within 15 seconds.
You can find out more about your practical rights under EU law and in some cases, get legal advice on how they apply – at Your Europe.