09/12/2013 - 10/12/2013
The European Commission organised the Conference "Telling the Story – Communicating European Structural and Investment Funds 2014-2020" in Brussels on 9-10 December 2013.
The "Telling the Story" Conference has been a unique gathering of communication professionals from the European, national and regional levels. It brought together, for the first time, communication officers responsible for the EU's five Structural and Investment Funds (European Regional Development Fund, European Social Fund, Cohesion Fund, European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development, European Maritime and Fisheries Fund). Together, these funds represent more than a third of the EU's total budget and a key component of the EU's efforts to promote growth and jobs.
In addition to communication officers from national and regional authorities, participants included heads of Managing Authorities, journalists, representatives of stakeholder organisations, EU networks such as Europe Direct, communication officers working for the European Commission in Brussels and in the Commission's Representations, and representatives of other EU institutions.
Close to 800 participants from all 28 EU countries attended the event, which aimed to: