The project aims at countering euroscepticism through the construction of a new strategy of communication able to promote a correct understanding of the EU, its values and its benefits and at empowering citizens to widen their civic participation and to tackle disinformation. To achieve this, the project will focus on the analysis of the EU general perception in each participating country, and on the promotion of targeted information in those policy areas that represent a priority in the EU agenda, but which are also more susceptible to disinformation, and on the creation of new communication tools able to respond to the needs of the European community.
FIDU and its partners in Belgium, Bulgaria, Greece, Portugal, Ireland and France intend to implement a total of 11 events (both local and international) shaped on the basis of the results of a survey conducted with the aim to get a better and broader understanding of the disinformation phenomenon in the EU and to better respond to the actual needs of European citizens. Upon analysis of such results, local thematic, informative, educational, and interactive trainings addressed to students and young professionals of different backgrounds will be conducted in order to fill the information gaps and to facilitate civil and democratic participation in European policy making. Such trainings are preparatory to the final phase of the project: two creative labs where a selected group of training participants, led by young creative professionals selected on voluntary basis, are asked to shape the ideas developed during the interactive sessions, into new ways of communicating Europe. The final media outputs will be presented to the public during the final event and then distributed through all available channels for a considerable multiplier effect in order to be used from anyone at every level to communicate Europe effectively.
Start Date: 01-04-2021
End Date: 30-09-2022
Participating countries: Italy, Belgium, Bulgaria, Greece, Portugal, Ireland and France
Lead organisation: FIDU – Italian Federation for Human Rights
Partners: European Centre for Economic and Policy Analysis and Affairs, Foundation for Entrepreneurship, Culture and Education, Youth Center of Epirus, Associação Social Recreativa Cultural e Bem Fazer Vai Avante, TASC Europe Studies Company Limited by Guarantee TA/ TASC, Eurasia Net.
Presentation in Dublin, October 2021
The first on-site CommEUnication project event took place in Dublin on October 7. We were honored to be hosted by our Irish partner TASC and to have within our panelists Jonathan Claridge Head of Communication of the European Commission Representation in Ireland.
The panel of speakers from Italy, Ireland, Bulgaria, France, Portugal, Belgium and Greece successfully presented the project’s survey results highlighting important findings. Some examples: 73.61% feel privileged being a EU citizen, however less than 10% of participants know the European priorities well and 86.87% is not aware about the services provided by the Europe Direct Information Centres.
The project’s activities
Digital contents created by the participants
Final event, European Parliament, September 2022
The final conference of the the CommEUnication project was held on September 6 at the European Parliament. Hosted by the European Parliament Vice President, MEP Pina Picierno, and with the presence of Mr. Gilles Pelayo, Head of Unit – Citizens & EU Values, European Education and Culture Executive Agency, the event gathered representatives of institutions and CSOs in order to discuss the results achieved by the project as well as recommendations and proposals aimed to fight disinformation within the EU.
The final event welcomed the CommEUnication Consortium: Federazione Italiana Diritti Umani – Comitato Italiano Helsinki, Foundation for Entrepreneurship, Culture and Education, Youth Center of Epirus / Κέντρο Νέων Ηπείρου, Associação Social Recreativa Cultural Be Fazer Vai Avante, Eurasia Net, TASC and the hosting partner European Centre for Economic and Policy Analysis and Affairs (ECEPAA).
This project has been funded by the Europe for Citizens Programme of the European Union.
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