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Press releases

All the press releaseson the European Commission's development policy and its implementation are available online.

Press packs

Online press packs on EU actions on development in the world.

- World Water Week pdf - 227 KB [227 KB] - 22 August 2011

- Chernobyl 25th anniversary - February 2011

- Haiti, one year on - January 2011

- World Health Day – EU aid for children's health in Nigeria – April 2010

- EU actions on environment and climate change in the world – December 2009

- EU €1 billion Food Facility for developing countries – October 2009

- EU actions on health in the world – April 2009

- Centre pour l'information et la gestion des migrations au Mali (CIGEM) – October 2008 (FR)

Audiovisual material

Via the photo/ videolibraries, EuropeAid provides you - free of charge - with photos and videos on development projects financed by the EU. Europe by Satellite (EbS)provides audiovisual material to professional media via satellite. EbS programming includes live streamings, news clips and video image banks with news illustrations.

Case studies

case studyprovides a short illustration of a project/programme focussing on the impacts/results achieved in the area of external cooperation & development by using concrete examples & testimonies of people benefiting from this assistance.


The Info Point for External Cooperationorganises conferences, group visits and events, and provides publications.


List of all spokespersons at the European Commission.


Catherine Ray

Spokesperson for Andris Piebalgs, European Commissioner for Development.

Phone : +32 (0)2 29699 21

Mobile : +32 (0)498 969 921

Fax : +32 (0)2 299 19 70

Natasha Butler 

Spokesperson for Štefan Fule, European Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighbourhood Policy.

Phone : +32 (0)2 297 26 86

Mobile : +32 (0)498 984 012

Fax : +32 (0)2 298 41 72


EuropeAid press service

Stacey Vickers 

Team Leader for Media Relations

Phone: +32 (0)2 29 94 153

Elgars Ozolins

Press officer

Phone: +32 (0)2 29 94 406

Sven Ruesch

Press officer

Phone: +32 (0)2 29 58 759


Are you a European journalist and want to know more about the EU's development priorities, how projects are implemented on the ground and what the EU does to fight hunger and to promote democracy in the world?

In cooperation with the European Journalism Centre, EuropeAid regularly organises seminars for EU journalists about the EU's external cooperation in action.

The seminars have a different thematic and geographical focus each time, and provide a unique opportunity to meet European Commission experts, Members of the European Parliament, people working on EU funded projects in the field, NGO representatives, policy advisers and others for open discussions on hot EU development topics.

For more information and applications, please contact Stacey Vickers .

Past seminars have for example included a special focus on water and food security, gender and good governance.

Examples of projects with the media financed by the European Commission.

Improving understanding within the EU of what's at stake in development

The programme "Non-state actors and local authorities in development" funds awareness raising and education in the area of development in the EU and candidate countries.

This is being done by encouraging a better understanding of what is at stake and a increased involvement from all of us in the fight against poverty.

Deutche Welle, BBC World Service and Radio France International have benefited from funding from this programme. Media interested in applying for funding are invited to consult the annual calls for proposals of this programme.

Media and neighbourhood countries of the EU

The European Neighbourhood and Partnership Instrument (ENPI) supports the European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP). This instrument funds a broad Information and Communication Programme for which the beneficiaries are the populations and the media of the neighbourhood countries. The programme funds four projects:

EU funded training for journalists in the Neighbourhood area.

• The setting up of the ENPI Info Centre which produces and distributes information as well as monitoring the media.

Production of TV, radio, press and online reports produced in the field on projects financed by the EU: Eurojar, Euromed–news, Window to Europe, and information and communication projects for the Eastern Caucasus (TV, radio, press and web).

• Training of more than 200 journalists in four groups: Middle East, Maghreb and Libanon, Caucasus and Russian speaking populations and the establishment of a network of more than 500 journalists, the European Neighbourhood Journalism Network.

Surveys to analyse the opinion in the neighbourhood countries and partners in order to contribute to the evaluation and definition of the EU policies.

Through the Neighbourhood instrument, the European Commission provides in particular continued support to the independent media in Belarus.

A project that was started in 2008 has resulted in the creation of a new information source on the EU for Belarusian journalists in Belarusian languages and in Russian, via the website Belapan. In addition, the European Commission funded a broad media project from 2006-2008 involving TV, radio, press and online media with the objective of providing the Belarusians with more independent information sources.

Media and promotion of democracy and human rights

The European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights (EIDHR) supports and promotes democracy and human rights in non EU member states. It supports human rights defenders against repression and the arbitrary use of power, particularly in emergency situations. Please consult the list of projects funded under the EIDHR.

On media funding, the EIDHR has notably allowed funding to Reporters Without Borders for support for cyber dissidents and for journalists reporting on human rights in local situations (see page 30 in the compendium ), the Journalists' Union of Turkey for the project Freedom of expression in Turkey: Empowering Journalists' Union to Make a Change and, as a further example, radio Miraya for supporting freedom of expression in Sudan . In Columbia the TV programme Contravía, financed under the EIDHR, put the focus on human rights and democracy.

Media and protection of the environment

The thematical programme " Environment, Sustainable Management of Natural Resources, including energy" (ENRTP) helps developing countries and partner organisations to meet the challenges linked to the management of environment and natural resources.

Through the ENRTP, the European Commission funds the Climate Change Media Partnership which aims to boost the capacity of media in developing countries to better cover news linked to climate change.

Media and human development

The programme Investing in People aims to support actions in favour of human and social development, in particular in the following domains: education, health, gender equality, employment and social cohesion, children and youth and culture.

Within this framework the European Commission funds a project in Sudan to strengthen the capacity of journalists, artists and civil society groups to develop an independent audiovisual industry.

- The website and blog of Andris Piebalgs, European Commissioner for Development and the website of Štefan Füle, European Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighbourhood Policy, follow the activities of the Commissioners.

- EuropeAid's website gathers information on where, on what and how we work and deliver aid, particularly through information on the annual programmes, funding opportunities and beneficiaries, and the Annual Report.

- The website and twitter of the European External Action Service and the Directors-General in charge of External Relations  (twitter) and Development (twitter) provide information on the political context.

- The website of the European Neighbourhood and Partnership Instrument (ENPI) Info Centre provides information and is a media monitoring tool on the relations between the EU and its neighbourhood countries.

- The website of the magazine Courrier is an information source on the cooperation between the countries in Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific and the EU.

- Visit the online press room of the European Commission and the EU Affairs Calendar for journalists.

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