The European Union’s Multimedia Actions therefore aim to engage the public in EU policy-making by informing them about European issues from pan-European points of view, going beyond local or national angles. Activities under this budget line support producing and disseminating independent news and programmes on EU affairs with full editorial independence.
The aim of the call is to support projects which set up or expand media hubs (such as newsrooms) to provide Europeans with quality content on European affairs.
this call proposes to support news media organisations and organisations active in the media sector to form or develop European-level media hubs (such as virtual or physical newsrooms). These would produce and disseminate pluralistic and appealing news media content (possibly including other informative, non-fictional and factual programming) on European affairs across Europe. Applicants are invited to make content available in as many European languages as possible (with a minimum of 5 official EU languages). The grant agreement will include a charter of independence to make sure that applicants are editorially free and operate without any political interference.
The added value of such hubs would be to go beyond local/national/regional perspectives and integrate viewpoints from all over the EU, with a view to creating a common understanding of our continental challenges and opportunities and fuel a more democratic debate.
The following types of activities are eligible under this call for proposals:
In order to be eligible, the applicants (beneficiaries and affiliated entities) must be legal entities (public or private bodies) and be established in one of the eligible countries, i.e.:
The coordinator must be established in an EU Member State. Proposals may be submitted by any of the following applicants or combinations of:
- news media organisations
- Other organisations active in media (private or public)
Proposals must be submitted by a consortium of at least 5 applicants (beneficiaries, affiliated entities and other participants are allowed, if needed but affiliated entities do not count for the minimum number of applicants), which complies with the following conditions:
Projects should have an approximate duration of 24 months.
The Commission expects to fund 2 to 3 projects. Project budgets (maximum grant amount) are expected to range between EUR 1.5 million to EUR 4 million per project but this does not preclude the submission/selection of proposals requesting lower amounts.