The Commission promotes and protects freedom of expression, quality journalism and cooperation across borders. Media freedom and pluralism are fundamental rights enshrined in the EU’s Charter of Fundamental Rights and constitute essential foundations of democratic societies.
The EU publishes, on 21 February 2019, three separate calls for pilot projects that aim to promote quality journalism, and cross-border cooperation between media professionals and self-regulatory bodies. They form part of the EU’s drive to promote and stimulate media freedom and pluralism in Europe.
Exchange of media rising stars
The first pilot project (total budget available: €1.200.000), Exchange of media rising stars, will facilitate the mobility of young media professionals and cross-border cooperation between these professionals and media outlets as a means to promote innovation in the European media sector and foster an environment conducive to quality journalism and media pluralism.
Internship opportunities for minority language media
The second pilot project (total budget available: €500 000), offering internship opportunities for minority language media, will give media professionals working with minority language media outlets across Europe the opportunity to undertake internships with leading European media houses. This will contribute to the professionalization of local media and enable the participants to gain a broader and more comprehensive understanding of different media and newsroom cultures.
Media Councils in the digital age
The third pilot project (total budget available: €500 000), media councils in the digital age will study and map the activities of media self-regulatory bodies (also known as ‘media or press councils’) in the EU. It will also help establishing a platform to facilitate cooperation between these bodies and facilitate their adaptation to the online world. The project is expected to contribute tothe councils’ engagement with internet intermediaries and other online stakeholders.