TIRANA, 12.11.2017. – As announced during the conference “EU-Western Balkans Media Days” held in Tirana, The European Commission will invest in new initiatives to support independent journalism, viable media outlets and to foster cooperation between public service media.
At the conference, the European Commission presented comprehensive proposals on strengthening independent media in the region and recalled that media freedom is one of the political criteria for joining the Union, a necessity for countries that want to join the EU.
As published in the announcement – “The new EU funds will provide training for young journalists and journalists in the middle of a career across the region, which will encourage research journalism that contributes to reconciliation”.
According to the new technical assistance program for public service broadcasters regional co-production of investigative journalism, media content for youth and digitization will be supported.
1.5 million euros have been allocated for the technical assistance program for the public service media in the Western Balkans and the program should start in early 2018, while four million euros have been allocated for the implementation of the Civil Society and Media Support Plan in the Western Balkans, and the project begins at the beginning 2018.
The “EU-Western Balkans Media Days” conference took place on November 9 and 10 in Tirana and gathered more than 250 representatives of media outlets and media organizations as well as policymakers from the EU and the Western Balkans.