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European Documentation Centre

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The European Documentation Centre (EDC) is an information resource centre about the European Union. It is part of the Europe Direct network of information centres created by the European Commission with the aim of providing information and documentation concerning the EU to all members of the university community as well institutions and citizens.

Universidad CEU San Pablo’s EDC was created 1995 for the following purposes:

  • To help the university to promote and consolidate teaching and researching in the field of European integration.
  • To provide the academic community with information on the Union and its policies.
  • To participate in the debate on the European Union with other European information networks.

The EDC works closely with the University Institute for European Studies at Universidad CEU San Pablo and is part of the FUSP’s library network (CEUNET).

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Library collection

Pour mener à bien sa tâche, le CDE dispose :

De documents provenant des institutions et agences européennes, qui sont envoyés par l'Office des publications de l'Union européenne.
De monographies et de périodiques spécialisés sur tous les domaines liés à l'Union européenne, qui sont achetés par l'Universidad CEU San Pablo.

En caso de no encontrar un libro que necesitas en el catálogo, o bien consideras que deben adquirirse más ejemplares, puedes enviarnos una petición utilizando el siguiente formulario Online


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Additionally to the usual library services, such as using a reading room and book loaning, we also offer:

  • Resolving queries about the EU, with individual attention.
  • Providing bibliographic information and specialised databases searching.
  • Selective dissemination of information and information warning.
  • Ellaborating a summary bulletin on magazines and book releases.
  • Updating the basic bibliography recommended by teaching staff and academics.
  • Training in information skills for students.

Within our mission to disseminate and communicate information about the European Union, at the EDC we encourage and participate in the debate around the EU through different communication tools, such as the centre’s website and social media.

EU advocacy activities

The EDC participates in all European Commission information campaigns and dissemination activities by:

  • Distributing free-of-charge publications received from the EU institutions, as well as providing documentary support in the organisation of seminars and sessions organised by other university services.
  • Participating in EU institutions’ s advocacy and awareness-raising campaigns: Europe Day, elections to the European Parliament, etc.
  • Actively encouraging debates on Community matters through social media
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Additionally, the EDC has increased its participation in the project for a Spain-EU digital archive (Archivo Digital España-Unión Europea, SEDAS) with the presence of its manager in its technical committee, together with representatives from the Secretariat of State for the EU as well as other Spanish universities, namely: Carlos III de Madrid, Jaume I de Castellón, Francisco de Vitoria, Politécnica de Madrid.

The archive was officially inaugurated on 4 December 2012, at the European Commission Representation in Spain. Later, on 18 April 2013, an invitation was extended to the ministries’ libraries to participate in the project at the Secretariat of State for the EU.

Cooperative Publications

The EDC, together with other European information relays in the Madrid Region (Red Europea de Información de la Comunidad de Madrid, REIMAD) has participated in the following publications:

(A Practical Guide to the European Union). This guide includes the latest updates in Community policies: law, preparatory acts, European programmes and actions, information sources and official resources. This electronic version is periodically updated.

(A Guide to the Lisbon Strategy) This guide goes over the reasons behind the 2005 review of the Lisbon Strategy, which led to the National Reform Plans. It sets out their objectives, their implementation and their execution.

(A Guide to the European Higher Education Area) It lists the objectives of the EHEA, which include adopting comparable and transferable qualifications systems, the new European Credit Transfer System (ECTS), encouraging mobility and integrated study, training and research programmes.

Additionally, together with the Representation of the European Commission in Spain, the European Parliament Liaison Office in Spain, the Secretariat of State for the EU, and the European Documentation Centres in other universities, our EDC participated in the creation of the CD-ROM: España: 20 años de integración europea (Spain: 20 years of European integration). The CD-ROM contains information about the negotiations that led to Spains accession and it goes over its key milestones using various multimedia contents.

Academic offer about the EU at USPCEU

Would you like to learn more about the European Union? Below you can find links to the studies we offer at our university related to the European Union:

Proyectos Subvencionados de la Comunidad de Madrid

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The following projects have been developed in recent years thanks to the obtention of a subsidy from Madrid’s Regional Government (Consejería de Presidencia, Justicia y Portavocía de la Comunidad de Madrid). The subsidies are aimed at Madrid-based universities which have European Documentation Centres and their aim is to fund the development of information and dissemination projects on the European Union, which are of general interest to the region of Madrid.

Project “30 Years of Erasmus: Being Active For Getting Job”

The aim of Universidad CEU San Pablo European Documentation Centre's project is to convince university students of the added value that a mobility programme provides in their professional and curricular development. Specially an Erasmus Programme, whose thirtieth anniversary takes places this year.

On this matter, we would like to highlight that proactivity and dynamism in job search are the basis of success and they entitle our project.

The two designed activities are:

  • Short story '30 years of the Erasmus Programme' contest ('30 años del Programa Erasmus')
  • Job and EU mobility sessions


Micro-stories contest poster

We encourage students to participate in the short, original and unpublished story contest with Erasmus Programme as the main topic. We take as a reference an extracted piece from Sofia Corradi Speech in Carlos V European Award 2016 (Yuste, 9 May 2016, Europe Day)

The veredict took place on 13 April 2018 and the jury awarded the first place to a third year Business Administration and Management and Trade Management Degree (Grado en ADE y Marketing y Gestión Comercial) student Ana González Herrero, for her story "A vuelo de pájaro".

First year Law Degree (Grado en Derecho) and Exclusive Programme in EU Law (Título Propio en Jurídico-Comunitario) student José Zurera Jalón received the second place award for his story "30 de junio 2007: Despedida de la Dama de Hierro".

Special thanks were also given to Laura Martínez Molero, first year student of the Degree in Audiovisual Communication, School of Humanities and Communication Sciences (Grado en Comunicación Audiovisual, de la Facultad de Humanidades y Ciencias de la Comunicación), for her work as the illustrator of the edition of texts.


Erasmus-Coffee Meeting

In the Erasmus-Coffee Meeting, organised jointly by the European Documentation Centre and the International Mobility Office, students who enjoyed an Erasmus grant shared their experience with students who have not carried out the mobility yet and are thinking about it.

Erasmus Programme, whose thirtieth anniversary takes place this year, has allowed two million people from all fields to benefit from the opportunities it offers, such as study, internship or volunteering periods abroad; and the acquired experience that entails. During the last thirty years, a total of five million people have taken part in the programme. It brings Europeans closer, allowing them to learn, work and cooperate together. Thus, it encourages the search of common purposes, essential to the European Integration Project's success.

Round Table: 'The importance of international mobility in the private sector'

With the goal of highlighting the added value that a mobility programme provides in their professional and curricular development, Universidad CEU San Pablo European Documentation Centre organised the round table 'The importance of international mobililty in the private sector' ('La importancia de la movilidad internacional en el sector privado').

Speakers from different fields such as consultancy, business and think tanks, emphasised the life experience that an international stay provide, both for personal development and independence, as well as for language and adaptation skills. They also highlighted that it increases young people's employability, allowing them to improve their skills, experience and strengthen their self-confidence.

It had the participation of:

  • Carlos Carnero González, Fundación Alternativas Chief Executive
  • José Ignacio Cases,  Novadays Member
  • Ana Mangas, Esglobal Editor in Chief
  • Carlos Ruiz-Mateos, LLORENTE & CUENCA Public Affairs Department Manager

From Madrid to Europe: knowing the past, building the future

By means of the project 'From Madrid to Europe: knowing the past, building the future' ('De Madrid a Europa: conociendo el pasado, construyendo el futuro'), the Universidad CEU San Pablo European Documentation Centre seeks to present to Comunidad de Madrid university students the advantages that the European integration process has entailed during the thirty years term of Spain in the EU. Also, the job opportunities that the EU offers for their professional future and the advantage of having a network of specialised information centres, in their own region, providing them with training and information to nurture their knowledge about the European Union.

This project was developed thanks to the awarding of subventions by Madrid’s Regional Government (Consejería de Presidencia, Justicia y Portavocía de la Comunidad de Madrid)

The subsidies are aimed at Madrid-based universities which have European Documentation Centres and their aim is to fund the development of information and dissemination projects on the European Union, which are of general interest to the region of Madrid.

In this case, the subsidised project has three main activities:

This project was an open call which required the submission of original work about the Spanish integration process in the European Community as well as the feelings, opportunities and social, political, technical and economic advances that the 30 years of Spanish presence in the EU have entailed for young people from Madrid. These projects would be used to create educational and/or informative material about those matters.

The jury awarded second year EU Law Degree (Grado en Derecho Jurídico Comunitario) students Paloma de la Hoz Moré, Andrea Gorris Galán and Cristina Higuero Márquez.

Ganadoras del concurso: "Madrid a Europa"

This project gives undergraduate students, preferably last year students, and graduate students the chance to attend to three transversal sessions where professional from different fields. These experts will provide them with  information on how to prepare themselves to work in the European market as well as how to take advantage of the programmes developed by the EU and its institutions.

The goal is to inform our students the challenges that working on an EU institution or in an international multilingual business environment entail, and to provide them with the necessary tools and support material.

The following topics were discussed:

'EU Job Opportunities: Consultancy, think tanks y private sector'

Opening and presentation: Ms. Amparo Lozano Maneiro. Universidad CEU San Pablo EU Law and International Advocacy Degree (Grado en Derecho Jurídico-comunitario y Abogacía Internacional) Coordinator.

Moderator: Mr. Javier Porras Belarra. Universidad CEU San Pablo EU Law and International Relations Teacher.

  • Mr. Pau Solanilla. Llorente y Cuenca General Manager for Cuba
  • Mr. Carlos Carnero. Fundación Alternativas Chief Executive. Eurodeputy (1994-2009)
  • Mr. Javier Valiente. Socio. Political Intelligence Manager.
  • Mr. José Ignacio Cases. Novadays General Manager and Co-funder.

Youth employment and mobility grants in the EU

Opening: Mr. Jesús Paúl Gutiérrez. Vice-rector for Universidad CEU San Pablo International Relations.

Moderator: Ms. Ascensión Gil Martín. Universidad CEU San Pablo European Documentation Centre Manager.

  • Ms. Katerina Fortún. European Comission, Regional and Urban Policy.
    • Talk: 'How does Europe invest in youth employment?' ('¿Cómo invierte Europa en empleo juvenil?')
  • Ms. Esther Calvo. EURES Madrid Adviser.
    • Talk: 'EURES and mobility in the European sphere' ('EURES y la movilidad en el ámbito europeo')

European public role: working in and for the EU

Opening and presentation: Ms. Teresa Frontán. Head of Communication, Partnerships and Networks of the EC in Spain y Ms. María Bellido Barrionuevo. Universidad CEU San Pablo General Secretary and Vice-rector for International Relations.

  • Mr. Enrique González Sánchez. Ambassador on Special Mission for relations with the EU (MAEC).
    • Talk: 'Job and training offer in EU Institutions, public statutory employment, other modalities of public employment and grants' ('Ofertas de empleo y formación en las Instituciones UE, el empleo público estatutario, otras modalidades de empleo público y becas')
  • Mr. Cesar Pla Barniol. Head of Support Unit of the Permanent Representation of Spain in the EU.
    • Talk: 'Different selection processes: calendars, stages and tests. The encouragement of Spanish citizens in EU Institutions' ('Los diferentes procesos de selección: Calendarios, fases y pruebas. El fomento de la presencia de españoles en las Instituciones de la UE')
  • Ms. Miriam Rodríguez. EPSO Laureate.
    • Talk: 'Participation in an EPSO selection process. Advice and good internships' ('La participación en un proceso de selección EPSO. Consejos y buenas prácticas')
  • Mr. Daniel Diez Cecilia. BecUE Member (Asoc. de Becarios Españoles en las Instituciones de la UE, Spanish Interns and ex-interns in EU Institutions Association)
    • Talk: 'Participation in an internship programme in EU institutions' ('La participación en un programa de prácticas en las Instituciones UE')

Editing of an informative video about the role of European Documentation Centres as information services of the European Union and its policies.

Proyecto “Otra mirada al patrimonio cultural europeo”

The purpose of 'Another look at the European cultural herigate' Project (Proyecto 'Otra mirada al patrimonio cultural europeo') is to encourage university students and people in general to discover and actively commit to the European cultural heritage, reinforcing the the feeling of integration in a common European space. Our aim is to bring the richness of this heritage closer to students, to get them involved in its preservation and to actively collaborate in its diffusion.

The scheduled activities to achieve this goal will be carried out under the same concept: culture as the basis of European identity.

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Young people must be aware of the threat that lack of knowledge about our heritage or what the damage, deterioration or destruction of something irreplaceble entails. Our heritage plays such an important role in the construction of Europe's future.

The following activities will be carried out:

What has been and is to this day the role of cultural heritage of an European identity? What is it to be European? What common values should future generations preserve and transmit? About this questions and others did the following attendees and experts discuss:

Mr. Antonio Garcia Maldonado, Llorente & Cuenca and Thinking Heads analyst and consultant, journalist and photographer Ms. Lupe de la Vallina, USP CEU Legal and Political Philosophy teacher Mr. Armando Zerolo and Royal University Institute for European Studies deputy director, Ms. Belén Becerril, who moderated the discussion. Topics such as the elements that define European culture, the existance or not of an European identity and whether diversity serve as a cohesive element among Europeans were discussed.

This discussion seeks to encourage young people to participate by giving them voice in order to share their view and complement it with the experiences and recomendations of expert participants. It also aims to strengthen the feeling of integration to a common European space and highlight the importance of our heritage's role in the construction of Europe's future, without forgetting young people's task to know it, protect it and pass it on.

With eyes set on the European elections of 26 May, the European Documentation Centre created, as informative material about the European Union, leaflets in plantable seed paper which handed to the attendees. It was an added appeal due to its original character and its eco-friendly and sustainable value.

Imagen del debate: “Identidad Cultural y Europa: Una conversación”

The European Documentation Centre has celebrated Europe Day in the Universidad CEU San Pablo with the debate: 'The importance of symbols: Conflagration of the Notre-Dame Cathedral, Paris' ('La importancia de los iconos: incendio de la Catedral de Notre-Dame de Paris'). Writer Mr. León Arsenal and political expert Mr. Javier Santamarta del Pozo participated in the debate, which was moderated by EU Law and International Relations Teacher Mr. Javier Porras Belarra. This meeting, with high student attendance, underlined the belief that symbols help to forge an identity and are key to a strong European identity.

This activity, fit within the funded project by Comunidad de Madrid, has attempted to encourage students to discover and actively commit to the European cultural heritage and, in this way, strengthen the feeling of integration of a common European space.

In addition, the exhibition opened up, displaying the projects submitted to the graphic work and instagram contests (illustration, poster, drawing, photography...). The idea behind this is to show young people's creative view on European cultural heritage to the rest of the University community.

Finally, the Vice-Rector for Students and University Life, Ms. Mª Isabel Abradelo, bestowed the graphic work contest and the 'Another view of European cultural heritage' Instagram contest awards.

The winning-award students were:

  • Ángela Marta Ávila Peiró, Journalism, Advertising and Public International Relations second year student (Grado en Periodismo y Publicidad y Relaciones Públicas-Internacional)
  • Ana Quílez Torres, Journalism, Advertising and Public Relations  second year student (Grado en Periodismo y Publicidad y Relaciones Públicas)
  • Patricia Montalbán Peligro, Digital Communication, Advertising and Public Relations  second year student (Grado en Comunicación Digital, Publicidad y Relaciones Públicas)
  • Julia Macarena Cabada Genovés, Journalism, Advertising and Public Relations second year student (Grado en Periodismo y Publicidad y Relaciones Públicas)
  • Lucía Aróstegui Aguilar, Journalism and Advertising second year student (Grado en Periodismo y Publicidad)
  • Agustín Cottoreau, Physiotherapy second year student (internacional group)
  • Paula Feo Arias, Advertisinf and Public Relations third year student (Grado Publicidad y Relaciones Públicas)
  • Beatriz Moussa García, Digital Communication, Advertising and Public Relations second year student (Grado en Comunicación Digital + Publicidad y RRPP)
Entrega de premios "Día de Europa"

The entirety of these projects have been collected in a publication which draws attention to their contributions and will be added to their portfolios. It is an actual, innovative, key tool in the academic field, which gives students the chance to show their creativity, talent and, ultimately, their professional identity in a visual way. 

Proyecto: "Europa, mañana"

How will the future of Europe be? Will it remain together or will we have to face the transformation of individual countries’ priorities towards the advantage of their own population?

With this questions our Project seeks to encourage students, the academic community and the public in general to commit and thus, achieve a protected and safe Europe, where citizens can move freely. A thriving and sustainable Europe with a strong single market, which fights against unemployment, discrimination, social exclusión and poverty and has a strong presence in the international sphere.

Our goal is to get our students to take part actively and commit to a common European space.

All of the scheduled activities to achieve this goal will be carried out under the same concept: the future of an unified and inclusive Europe.

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We encourage our students to express their view on what Europe they want and how to build it through the presentation of a graphic work, photography, illustration, poster, drawing... Any technique can be used (watercolour, markers, gouache, lettering, collage, etc.) as well as the computer.