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Europe over the airwaves - 26/02/2008

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Network of national and regional radio stations from across the EU to co-produce and broadcast news programmes on European affairs.

Starting this April, the initiative, unveiled by communications commissioner Margot Wallström, will see programmes covering news, analysis, opinion and discussion broadcast daily on several radio frequencies. The programmes  will reach an estimated 19 million in the EU alone and a further 30 million in the rest of the world.

"I am always looking for new ways of enabling a maximum of Europeans to have access to fair and balanced information on EU affairs" explained Ms Wallström. Although funded by the Commission, the new network will have total editorial independence.

Initially the programmes will be broadcast in 10 languages – German, French, English, Spanish, Polish, Bulgarian, Greek, Hungarian, Portuguese and Romanian. This will extend gradually to 23, with at least one radio station per EU country by 2013.

The network (coordinated by Deutsche Welle and Radio France International) already includes 16 stations across Europe, including Radio Polskie, Punto Radio, Radio Netherlands and Radio Slovenia International.

A related website will also be up and running from July 2008 to give you the chance to download radio podcasts of your favourite programmes and get extra information.

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