Strengthening an independent media: new EU cooperation with European Broadcasting Union in the Neighbourhood
The European Commission and the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) will work together to strengthen the independence of the media in the European Neighbourhood Region, following a meeting yesterday between Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighbourhood Policy, Štefan Füle, and EBU President Jean-Paul Phillipot and Director General Ingrid Deltenre.
The organisations have signed and exchanged letters to cement their cooperation in the European Neighbourhood region, building on existing collaboration in the context of EU Enlargement policy.
Commissioner Füle welcomed the new cooperation: “Freedom of expression, free press and media are the pillars of deep and sustainable democracy, which is one of the core objectives of the European Neighbourhood Policy. I am very happy that the European Broadcasting Union shares our view that securing freedom of expression requires a continuous effort by all stakeholders.
He added: “I welcome in particular engagement of the EBU in countries like Ukraine, or Tunisia which are undergoing important changes. The role of media and its independence is crucial in assisting this process. I would like to confirm our commitment to cooperate with the EBU on the improvement of the media landscape in the European Neighbourhood region and to advance the cooperation which has already proved to be very successful in the Enlargement region.”
EBU President Philippot echoed the Commissioner’s words, adding that, “EBU Partnership Programme activities in the European Neighbourhood region will be all the more potent with the backing of the European Commission”.
Under its Partnership Programme, the EBU undertakes various actions targeting public service broadcasters in the Enlargement and European Neighbourhood region. Actions notably include assistance, technical support and training to build internal capacity for independence and long-term sustainability.
The EBU is an international non-governmental organisation bringing together 73 public service radio and television companies from 56 countries in the European broadcasting area. It engages in a vast range of activities, including promoting independent public service media, training media professionals and mobilising solidarity amongst its 74 members to help those encountering serious political, technical or financial strife. (EU Neighbourhood Info)
Building a bridge between Europe and its neighbours to create an area of cooperation and regional integration: this is the final aim of hundreds of projects supported by the European Union in 16 countries, from Belarus to Morocco, over the past seven years under the European Neighbourhood and Partnership Instrument (ENPI – 2007-2013). A new video highlighting these achievements has been released by the EU Neighbourhood Info Centre’s partner ANSA.
The 5-minute video – in English with French subtitles – accompanies the Info Centre photo exhibition – Faces of the Neighbourhood: Travelling across EU cooperation with its Southern and Eastern Neighbours – which runs from 30 September to 14 November, highlighting the human face of EU Neighbourhood cooperation
Speaking to beneficiaries and European officials, the video highlights how through a period of major political challenges, European cooperation delivered considerable support across a range of sectors, from justice to economic development, transport to energy, civil society to gender equality and youth.
This and all the other challenges of the EU’s relations with its 16 Partner Countries are now the priority for the new tool of the EU Neighbourhood Policy: the European Neighbourhood Instrument (ENI). Launched in the 2014, it can count on a budget of over €15 billion euros and renewed European Union support to the partner countries across the Neighbourhood until 2020. (EU Neighbourhood Info)