Regional Information & Communication Programme

Aims at boosting public awareness and understanding of the EU and its relations in the ENPI area, through support to journalists and media outlets for material production, as well as training

Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, Russia, Ukraine (East) Algeria, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Occupied Palestinian Territory, Syria, Tunisia (South)

Timeframe: 2008-2011

Budget: €19 million (€12 million ENPI South, €7 million ENPI East)

Objectives

The Programme seeks to increase public knowledge and awareness of the EU and its relationship with the Neighbourhood countries and create a local sense of involvement and shared ownership. It clarifies policies but also highlights the development aid implemented by the EU in the region It facilitates cooperation between journalists and media organizations, helps build sustainable communication networks and assists the continued development of free opinion and freedom of expression in a bid to contribute to the creation of an environment conducive to dialogue and mutual understanding.
What does it do?
 
It focuses on supporting and working with journalists and media organisations building knowledge on the EU, providing information sources and facilitating the production of reportages. It offers young journalists, in particular, the opportunity to understand the EU and report its activities that affect their country, and media organisations to build regional channels of communication and networks. It also improves the dissemination and impact of information and deals with gauging public opinion in the Neighbourhood countries.
 
The Programme funds four projects. They are:‘Media activities: maximising EU presence in the region’s media’ which awarded a number of contracts to media outlets; ‘Communications Multiplier activities: Training & network building’ that provides training for journalists from leading media in the region; Information and communication support and media monitoring project (ENPI Info Centre) focused on information production and media monitoring; and the ‘Strategic communications research & analysis: Opinion research and polling’ project.
 
Website: http://ec.europa.eu/europeaid/where/neighbourhood/index_en.htm

 

 

 

Actions in brief


  • Establishes the ENPI Info Centre (www.enpi-info.eu) focused on the production and dissemination of information and media monitoring.
  • Produces TV, radio, press and news website reportages on EU projects funded on the ground (www.eurojar.org and Euromed-news – South –http://www.window-to-europe.eu/ and “Information and communications – Regional East Caucasus – TV, radio, press and Internet activities” with Internews - East - website to be launched.
  • Trains over 200 journalists in four groups: Middle East, Maghreb & Lebanon, Caucasus, and Russian Speaking and aims at networking with over 500 (European Neighbourhood Journalism Network - http://www.journalismnetwork.eu/index.php).
  • Carries out opinion polls to gaugeperceptions and opinion among key target audiences in the ENPI to help evaluate and define EU policies.

http://ec.europa.eu/europeaid/where/neighbourhood/index_en.htm

EU Cooperation with Syria is currently suspended due to the political situation in the country; however, since in principle Syria is eligible for cooperation under the ENPI, activities may be taken up again once the situation improves.

http://www.consilium.europa.eu/uedocs/cms_data/docs/pressdata/EN/foraff/122168.pdf
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