The official website of the European Union (EU), Europa.eu (external site) is a good starting point if you are looking for information and services provided by the EU. The website provides basic information on how the EU works, the latest EU news and links to websites from EU institutions and agencies. The business portal (external site) acts as a practical guide to doing business in Europe which can be particularly useful for businesses.
The European Parliament is the only directly-elected body of the European Union. The 751 Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) represent the 500 million EU citizens across 28 Member States.
The European Parliament website (external site) provides information on MEPs, elections, news, committees and delegations.
European Commission Office in Wales
The European Commission Office in Wales is the link between Wales and the European Commission; its main responsibility is to represent the European Commission’s interests in Wales. The European Commission Office in Wales also tries to facilitate and mediate contacts between Welsh authorities and interest groups and the EU institutions, with a view to fostering closer ties between the two.
The European Commission in Wales website (external site) summarises EU policies and details their work activities in more detail.
The Welsh Government is the devolved Government for Wales with responsibility for economic development, education, health and the Welsh NHS, transport, planning, Welsh language, culture, social services, agriculture, rural affairs and the environment of Wales.
The Welsh Government website (external site) details policies, consultations and research papers covering the work of the Welsh Government.
Welsh European Funding Office
Part of Welsh Government, the Welsh European Funding Office (WEFO) manages the delivery of the EU Structural Funds programmes in Wales. Details on funding programmes, application guidance documents and the progress of projects receiving structural funds can be found within the WEFO website (external site).
Swansea Bay City Region
The Swansea Bay City Region (SBCR) encompasses the Local Authority areas of Neath Port Talbot, Swansea, Carmarthenshire and Pembrokeshire. Created by the Welsh Government in 2013, the SBCR has been designed to create jobs, boost prosperity and encourage inward investment and is run by a Board made up of representatives of the public and private sectors. More information about the SBCR can be found on the Swansea Bay City Region website (external site).
Regional Learning Partnership
The Regional Learning Partnership (RLP) is a partnership bringing education and regeneration partners together to help provide a better future for learners and potential learners across the south west and central Wales region. It acts as a facilitation body to ensure that publicly-funded learning providers and associated organisations work collaboratively, effectively and efficiently across the areas of education and regeneration to meet the needs of the learners and the regional economy.
Part funded by the Welsh Government, the RLP is made up of key representatives from local government, higher education, further education, the third sector, private sector, Careers Wales and Job Centre Plus.
RLP publications and further information can be found on the Regional Learning Partnership website (external site).
Enterprise Europe Network
The Enterprise Europe Network helps small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) make the most of business opportunities in the EU and beyond. Free services include finding business partners, funding advice, explanation of EU laws and standards and events.
To find out how the Enterprise Europe Network can help businesses exploit market opportunities in the EU and beyond, please visit the Enterprise Europe Network website (external site).
Europe in the UK
A portal for European culture in the UK, the Europe in the UK website (external link) provides contact details for organisations and individuals in the UK which provide EU information and advice for the general public, businesses and the academic community.
The European Consumer Centre for Services
The European Consumer Centre for Services assists consumers to make informed choices when looking to buy services across Europe and therefore be more confident and find it easier to choose a new and unfamiliar service provider.
The European Consumer Centre for Services website (external site) provides general information on consumer laws and rights when buying a service in another EU member state, as well as contact details for organisations that could provide practical assistance in the case of a dispute.
Calculate what you can get with your Sterling in Euros (and vice versa) using the free currency converter (external site).