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External Communication Network (ECN)

The main mission of the ECN is to exchange best practices on preparation and implementation of communication plans and other communication practices. It also aims at facilitating DG COMM's assistance to other DGs on technical issues and strives towards a more effective and cost-efficient use of tools (audiovisual, Internet, citizens' help-lines, etc.) and evaluation methods.

 

Description

The ECN, composed of all DGs' Information and Communication Heads of Unit, was created in 2002 and was relaunched with the Action Plan to Improve Communicating Europe by the Commissionpdf (SEC(2005) 985/final, see action 4).

The members of the ECN are the Heads of the DGs Communication Units as described in the Action Plan. However, other representatives of DGs may attend ECN meetings and working groups, if the agenda requires.

 
 

Mission

Within the context of EUROPA, the ECN has the following mandate:

  • Endorse the vision and general orientations proposed by the editor for EUROPA and the Commission's websites.
  • Monitor central Internet services provided to line DGs and give feedback on efficiency and added value.
  • Propose options/solutions for the structure of sites and wider technological developments and tools.
  • Raise and maintain awareness of senior management as to the importance of Internet communication.
  • Oversee the provision of training for Internet communication (editorial, technical skills and research).
 
 

Organisation and working

The ECN meets approximately 5-6 times a year on the basis of established agendas. The meetings of the ECN are organised and chaired by DG COMM.

The ECN has four working groups, in charge of the implementation of the Action Plan:

  • Working Group I  : Communications Planning/Planning Ahead (Chaired and managed by COMM)
  • Working Group II : Communication Tools (Chaired and managed by COMM)
  • Working Group III: Human Resources (Chaired and managed by HR)
  • Working Group IV: Networks (Chaired and managed by COMM)
 
 

Meetings

The ECN meets approximately 5-6 times a year on the basis of established agendas. The meetings of the ECN are organised and chaired by DG COMM.

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