The development of the Guidelines for EU support to media in enlargement countries was initiated by the Speak-up!2 Conference held by the European Commission in June 2013 that was a major Enlargement policy related event attracting a lot of attention and was undoubtedly a success in formulating policy goals and setting direction for practical actions. Now that the conference conclusions have been published, it is time to move to the next stage.
According to the conclusions, the Commission committed itself to: “For the period 2014-2020 the European Commission will develop a long term policy approach for EU financial assistance on freedom of expression issues in the Enlargement countries. The approach will take into account that addressing these issues is a process which requires engagement over a longer time period.”
With this in mind, DG ELARG has prepared draft guidelines for Commission's long-term (2014-2020) engagement in comprehensively assisting the countries to reach a satisfactory situation regarding media freedom attached below.
The guidelines should be in place by early 2014 and should serve as a basis for supporting media at both levels – regional (multi-beneficiary) and that of individual countries. Once in place, the guidelines should become a part of the IPA multi-country and country strategies to be adopted in the beginning of 2014. Moreover, a mechanism for continuous monitoring of the results will be identified.
Full text of the Guidelines is available here [updated March 26, 2014].