AEJ asks the EU to grant renewal to Euranet Plusí service contract
Monday, November 07, 2016
The Association of European Journalists wishes to
express its concern about the threatened termination of the Euranet
Plus radio service for listeners across Europe at the end of its
service contract with the European Commission in March 2017.
The AEJ expresses its support to Euranet Plus and asks
the European Parliament and the Council of the European Union to adopt the
budget tabled by the Culture and Budget committees for ensuring
ďa stable financing framework for the future of existing pan-European networks
of local and national media moving into the digital age, funded under this
appropriation (radio, television, internet, etc.), such as Euranet PlusĒ.
AEJ also asks the Commission to consider renewing Euranet Plusí funding,
provided the adequate budget is voted. At a time when European Affairs get relatively little
attention by mainstream media (or are denigrated by them, as
was largely the case in the UK referendum campaign) and the very
existence of the European Union is at stake under the pressure of Eurosceptic
movements, the AEJ believes it would be highly damaging for EU citizens to lose
an independent network that brings together 18 radio stations in
16 countries and 14 languages and which produces at least 75 minutes each week
about EU news.
Euranet Plus reaches up to 22 million daily listeners
in Europe. The above Resolution was adopted by members of the AEJ
meeting at the associationís annual General Assembly in Kilkenny Ireland on
Saturday 5 November, 2016.