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Civil Society Media Seminar 2014 - "EU and ME(dia) – where do we go from here?"

European media and informed citizenship Seminar - Milan, Italy

For the eighth year in succession, the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) organized the civil society media seminar for communication experts and national and international media specialists. This year's event was held at the Palazzo Reale di Milano, from 27 to 28 November 2014.  

The main theme of the 2014 seminar was "European media and informed citizenship" which will be discussed in four panels, focusing on the following issues:

  • The EU in the news: generating interest and citizen engagement
  • The EU and the media in neighbouring countries
  • Connecting citizens, the media and the EU in a digital society
  • EP elections 2014 – "This time it was different"

Specifically, this year's civil society media seminar aimed to foster debate about news reporting on the European Union and the Member States to help Europeans learn more from each other through the media, both within the EU itself and in its neighbouring countries.

The seminar explored how the EU and the media can work together, helping to give the news a broader European perspective, whilst at the same time remaining aware of propaganda issues and generating public involvement in the European debate. It considered whether social media represent an appropriate way of bringing the EU and its representatives closer to the people and boosting interest in EU issues.

The seminar also looked back at the 2014 European elections and assess the extent to which the campaign lived up to its slogan – "This time it's different".


The European Broadcasting Union (EBU/EUROVISION) was a great partner for the event providing special insight on news reporting and the organisation of the 2014 electoral debate.

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