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Digital & Media 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

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 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 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".
Public Affairs 28-07-2009

EURACTIV Awards pick up steam

Over 60 nominations have already been submitted for the EURACTIV Awards and a high-level jury appointed to identify and recognise efforts to debate Europe at the national level.
Public Affairs 14-07-2009

Europa website set for major facelift

A completely revamped version of the EU's central web portal Europa will be unveiled in the coming weeks, EURACTIV has learned. Brussels officials hope the new site will pull the EU out of its "lethargic and overly bureaucratic mindset" and drive it into the 21st century.
EU Priorities 2020 04-06-2009

Greens get thumbs up in deliberative poll

Following a weekend of debate ahead of the EU elections, over 350 citizens participating in the second pan-European deliberative poll have voiced growing support for the Greens, eroding the leadership of the two big European Parliament political groups, the centre-right EPP-ED and the Socialists.
Public Affairs 14-05-2009

EURACTIV Awards to recognise national debates on Europe

EURACTIV has launched a Europe-wide call for nominations for an awards competition that recognises practical examples of successfully-executed ideas for debating Europe nationally. 
EU Priorities 2020 12-05-2009

European citizens hope EU leaders will listen

A panel of European citizens came face-to-face with EU leaders in Brussels yesterday (11 May) to discuss their hopes and concerns for the future of European integration. But some dismissed the occasion as mere "lip service".
Public Affairs 28-04-2009

Eurosceptics riding high in social media

The European Union has to drastically improve its communications strategy if it is to quell Euroscepticism, an expert workshop hosted by the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung heard yesterday (27 April).
EU Priorities 2020 18-03-2009

Parliament unveils ‘choice’ campaign for EU elections

The European Parliament yesterday (17 March) unveiled a single, Europe-wide institutional election campaign focusing on choice, rather than civic duty, to attract 375 million voters to the ballot box and halt a downward trend in participation.