The EU will disburse a total of €2.4 million in grants over the next three years to assist media outlets in Serbia in dealing with the consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Applicants can receive between €10,000 and €150,000, with grants averaging between €40,000 and €60,000.
The goal of the project is to ease the consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic on the media sector as much as possible and empower media outlets to be more independent and professional, the head of the EU Delegation, Seb Fabrizi, said yesterday (8 September).
The EU focused on ensuring an environment that hones free speech, said Fabrizi, adding that the implementation of the media strategy, adopted in early 2020, would help create a more favourable environment, which, he said would be “crucial” in “accessing the EU.”
“Media outlets are hit by double difficulties – economic changes in doing business and technological transformation, while in parallel they must meet the main goal of independent and professional reporting,” said the EU ambassador as he presented the EU’s invitation for grants.