Innovation and Networks Executive Agency

The European Digital Media Observatory kicks off

INEA ceased operations on 31 March 2021. The European Climate, Infrastructure and Environment Executive Agency (CINEA) was established on 1 April 2021 to take over its legacy portfolio as well as additional EU funding programmes.

Creation date: June 4, 2020

The European Digital Media Observatory (EDMO) has started its activities on 1 June 2020. EDMO will serve as a hub for fact-checkers, academics and other relevant stakeholders to collaborate with each other and actively link with media organisations, media literacy experts, and provide support to policy makers.

The activities of the European Digital Media Observatory will be based on five pillars:

  1. Mapping of fact-checking organisations in Europe and supporting them
  2. Mapping, supporting and coordinating of research activities on disinformation at the European level
  3. Building a public portal providing media practitioners, teachers and citizens with information and materials aimed at increasing awareness, building resilience to online disinformation and supporting media literacy campaigns.
  4. Design of a framework to ensure secure and privacy-protected access to platforms’ data for academic researchers
  5. Support to public authorities in the monitoring of the policies put in place by online platforms

The creation of the Observatory is one of the elements in the Commission’s detailed Action Plan against Disinformation. The plan aims to reinforce capabilities and strengthen cooperation between Member States and the EU in four key areas: improve detection, coordinate responses, work with online platforms and industry, raising awareness and empower citizens to respond to disinformation online.

Connecting Europe Facility

EDMO is funded through the Connect Europe Facility. The consortium was awarded EUR 2.5 million, from a call launched in October 2019, and was selected from among seven applicants.

A €9 million EDMO Generic Services call will open on 30 June organised by INEA.