About: EU communication policy

Elections 16-01-2017

The Parliament that Europeans want to hear from

The European Parliament is delivering, but there is still room for improvement in the way it communicates to both the younger and older generations, writes Vice-President Ramón Valcárcel.
Christophe Rouillon, rapporteur du Comité des régions sur "Un Plan de communication 2015-2019:reconnecter l’Europe avec ses concitoyens".
EU Priorities 2020 09-10-2014

A call for a 2015-2019 communication plan: Reconnecting Europe with its citizens

The unprecedented crisis of confidence across the European Union requires the European institutions to shoulder their responsibility and come up with a new communication strategy to reconnect the people with the European project. Christophe Rouillon proposes a joint communication plan with measurable targets for all the institutions by the next European elections in 2019, placing cities and regions at the heart of his strategy.
Christophe Leclercq, Founder, EURACTIV
Digital 01-10-2014

Mr Juncker, EU communication is political: worth a VP

As the new ‘political’ Commission is being debated and adjusted, one should move from policy coordination to external impact. Christophe Leclercq, a longtime observer of EU communication, sees merit in the Commission set-up being confirmed, and also flags a major gap in its potential for reaching out.
Languages & Culture 25-09-2014

Dobbs: Eurozone drama can turn into ‘House of Cards’

Europe is a great story to tell, but often marred by institutional jumble. The Eurozone crisis could be told in such a way that it would spark the imagination of Europeans, on what the EU is all about, says Michael Dobbs, author of the critically-acclaimed Netflix series House of Cards, in an exclusive interview with EURACTIV.
Selfie at the European Parliament [European Parliament]
Digital 14-04-2014

Social media favours eurosceptics in EU elections

Many European politicians have mapped out social media strategies to win votes in the upcoming European election. But critics argue that politicians should not assume that they will be able reach the average citizen, warning that social media tends to favour populist politicians.
Public Affairs 09-12-2013

Too many acronyms, not enough heads: EU’s image problem revisited in Berlin debate

Criticism of Europe has become a recurrent feature in the media with the eurozone debt crisis. But German media received a slap on the back for its quality coverage of EU affairs at a debate in Berlin last Monday (2 December).
Public Affairs 15-10-2010

Local angle ‘key’ to communicating EU

Localisation is the key to better communicating EU policy issues to journalists, EU officials and media professionals agreed at a conference in Brussels yesterday (14 October). 
Public Affairs 11-10-2010

EU lawmakers to receive lessons in social media

Members of the European Parliament are to attend courses on how to make the most of social media in a bid to improve their communication with citizens in their constituencies and beyond. The classes draw inspiration from a similar scheme carried out for French MPs recently. 
Public Affairs 08-09-2010

Parliament wants media to ‘better communicate’ EU

Better communication of EU affairs by public service broadcasters is key to bridging the gap between the European Union and its citizens, said the European Parliament yesterday (7 September), highlighting in particular the "huge potential" of social media to reach out to young people. 
Public Affairs 19-08-2010

Parliament to launch Second Life-style online assembly

The European Parliament is developing a new virtual role-playing game and social networking forum to boost citizens' understanding of how the EU works. But critics predict the website will become an expensive "virtual ghost" with very few users. 
Public Affairs 03-06-2010

Commission admits it must do ‘much better’ on communications

The European Commission should do "much better" at communicating European issues to citizens, Claus Sørensen, director-general of the EU executive's communications department, said this week (1 June), admitting that Brussels bureaucracy was hindering its efforts. 
Languages & Culture 15-12-2009

Lawmaker: EU held back by ‘trivial’ communications

"A common platitude is to state that EU elites are pro-European while the citizens aren't," argues French MEP Sylvie Goulard, who recently won a prize for her book, 'Europe for dummies'. In an interview with EURACTIV, she explains that the opposite tends to be true, with opinion leaders more preoccupied with "trivial" matters than citizens.
Languages & Culture 15-12-2009

EU tips from the author of ‘Europe for dummies’

French MEP Sylvie Goulard, who recently won a prize for her book 'Europe for dummies', says opinion leaders in Europe are misguided about the EU and are too preoccupied with "trivial" national issues to take an interest in greater common projects.
Public Affairs 07-12-2009

Harmonise EU labour laws, say citizens

A citizens' forum in Berlin last week - the last of its kind to be held in 2009 - recommended that the European Union harmonise labour laws for all its citizens. EURACTIV Germany contributed to this article.
Languages & Culture 18-11-2009

EU officials offered hotline for ‘clear writing’

The European Commission is seeking to kill off excessive legal speak by setting up a hotline that will give officials advice on how to write more clearly, it emerged at a conference in Brussels yesterday (17 November).
Public Affairs 13-11-2009

EURACTIV Awards recognise national debates on Europe

Franco-German broadcaster ARTE, pan-European rail-pass InterRail and a documentary on Turkey's EU accession won recognition for fostering national debates on Europe during the Fondation EURACTIV Awards prize ceremony in the European Parliament yesterday (12 November).
Public Affairs 19-10-2009

Communicating EU ‘impossible’ without member states

Governments and national parliaments must cooperate with the European institutions in communicating EU policies to the public if citizens’ trust in the European Union is to be improved, Siim Kallas, a vice-president of the European Commission, told EURACTIV in an interview.
Public Affairs 08-10-2009

‘Europe kit’ to help French officials understand EU

The French government is preparing a "Europe kit" for ministers and MPs to help them in their work with the EU institutions after the implementation of the Lisbon Treaty, French State Secretary for EU Affairs Pierre Lellouche announced this week. EURACTIV France reports.
Public Affairs 01-10-2009

National EURACTIV Award winners line up for EU final

National winners of the 'EURACTIV Awards for Debating Europe Nationally' include a number of debate platforms, various media organisations, individual bloggers, politicians, NGOs and two films among their number. The thirty-odd laureates now head to the pan-European final contest, the winners of which will be announced on 12 November in the European Parliament.
Public Affairs 21-09-2009

New EU website goes live

The European Commission will today (21 September) launch a revamped version of its Europa website. After two years of analysis and review, the EU executive hopes its new central web portal will make for a simpler, more organised experience for EU citizens.
Public Affairs 09-09-2009

Wallström: Legal basis necessary to communicate

After trying for five years to find the right approach to communicating Europe, European Commission Vice-President Margot Wallström has come to the conclusion that the only way forward is to give the new commissioner control of citizenship legislation and the accompanying programmes and budget, she told EURACTIV in an interview.
Public Affairs 09-09-2009

Wallström mulls exit strategy for EU communication

After trying for five years to find the right approach to communicating Europe, European Commission Vice-President Margot Wallström has come to the conclusion that the only way forward is to give the next commissioner control of citizenship legislation and the accompanying programmes and budget, she told EURACTIV in an interview.
Public Affairs 26-08-2009

EU Communication Policy

Communicating with EU citizens has long been a primary concern of the European Commission, with the need to boost popular trust in the European project becoming more important following the rejection of the EU constitution by French and Dutch voters and more recently rejection of the Lisbon Treaty by the Irish.
Public Affairs 29-07-2009

Sweden’s Reinfeldt urged to end ‘EU propaganda’

A new report by Swedish libertarian think-tank Timbro argues that the EU is using taxpayers' money to disseminate pro-integration "propaganda", and called for the Swedish EU Presidency to draw a line between factual information and biased "opinion-shaping activities".

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