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Public Affairs 11-06-2012

How the Parliament boosts its Facebook audience

The European Parliament’s popularity in social media has rocketed in recent years despite a drop in citizens’ confidence in political parties and a decreasing turnout at European elections. A number of tricks to attract fans on Facebook and Twitter help explain this contradiction.

Belgian far-right emulates the Dutch xenophobic website

Vlaams Belang, a Belgian far-right party, launched a website today (10 April) that invites people to report crimes committed by illegal immigrants, mirroring a similar site in the Netherlands set up by the far-right Freedom Party.
Central Europe 28-03-2012

Dutch MPs vote to condemn PVV website

The lower house of the Netherlands parliament has condemned a website set up by the right-wing Freedom Party (PVV), which invites Dutch citizens to denounce "nuisance" caused by Europeans from Poland, Romania and Bulgaria.

Verhofstadt rides on Dutch PVV debate to attack Sarkozy

Guy Vehofstadt, leader of the liberal ALDE group, said yesterday (13 March) that the recent verbal attacks by French President Nicolas Sarkozy on immigrants and the Schengen agreement were worse than the silence of the Dutch government over the discriminatory website of the Dutch Freedom party (PVV).
Digital & Media 11-01-2012

Website credit rip-offs exposed by sweep

More than two-thirds of European websites offering consumer credit contracts are falling short of standards required under EU law, according to a widespread pan-European investigation conducted in September last year.
Digital & Media 27-07-2009

Facebook: A new battleground for cyber-crime

Social networking websites such as Facebook, Twitter and MySpace will soon become the most insidious places on the Internet, where users are most likely to face cyber attacks and digital annoyances, according to Web security firm Sophos.
EU Priorities 2020 15-06-2009

Voting at shopping centres ‘saved’ election turnout

As the dust settles on the European Parliament elections, EU officials and experts do not seem to be overly concerned by the low turnout, instead stressing the lessons learned from positive experiences like allowing people to vote in railway stations and shopping centres, and over the Internet.
Public Affairs 20-05-2009

Twittering not: MEPs fail to embrace Internet craze

While congressmen on Capitol Hill are already tweeting with Americans across the United States, MEPs are still making scant use of the Internet and fail to fully grasp the potential of digital politics to engage with voters, found a survey published by public affairs consultancy Fleishman-Hillard.
EU Priorities 2020 29-04-2009

Hungary’s ‘Internet Democracy’ party takes on Web

Hungary has seen the launch of a brand new party on the premise that it will use the Web to bring more direct democracy to the European political arena. EURACTIV.hu reports.
Digital & Media 10-02-2009

Web firms to crack down on cyberbullying

Seventeen social networking sites, including Facebook, MySpace and Bebo, are poised to sign a European agreement today (10 February) to tackle cyberbullying and improve safety for young Internet users at the Safer Internet Day flagship event in Luxembourg.
Public Affairs 02-10-2008

Campaign seeks to boost interest in EU health initiatives

A new campaign by the European Commission aims to reach out to citizens via a website which showcases the bloc's initiatives to improve health care across Europe.
Public Affairs 27-02-2008

Forum seeks to address ‘gulf’ between youth and policymakers

An innovative online forum has been launched to narrow the 'yawning gulf' between the concerns of young professionals and those of the EU institutions.
Digital & Media 13-09-2005

EP embraces the blogosphere

The Parliament has launched its new web portal with a series of round table talks on the information society, the first of which was about ethical questions arising from the emergence of millions of weblogs.
Public Affairs 26-04-2005

PR firms show growing interest in weblogs

Public trust in 'real people' is raising public relations firms' interest in online personal journals to promote brand names and run political campaigns. A new study looks at the new era of "mass personalisation" and professional word-of-mouth marketing.
Digital & Media 16-04-2003

Commissioner Liikanen assesses ‘e-Inclusion in Europe’ programme

Urging the creation of an Inclusive European Information Society, Commissioner Erkki Liikanen has outlined the current status and the tasks ahead for the Commission's "eInclusion in Europe" programme.
Public Affairs 12-02-1999

Social media: An unmissable opportunity for public affairs?

Social media allow policymakers to respond to citizens’ tendency to "increasingly question the undemocratic and unresponsive nature of the European institutions," argues Amber Price, general secretary of 'ECPA II', a daughter organisation of the European Centre for Public Affairs (ECPA).