NEWS: Euro Parliament reveals a user friendly news service

The European Parliament has unveiled the first steps in its attempt to make its communications more ‘user friendly’ with a revamped news service.

The European Parliament has unveiled the first steps in its attempt to

make its communications more ‘user friendly’ with a revamped news

service.



Key developments, reported by Reuters, include the launch of daily and

weekly news reports replacing the comprehensive, technical bulletins

known as Info-Memos.



The new reports will be published in both English and French in response

to requests from press organisations in Brussels. ‘Historically some

information was only available in French,’ explained Jan Kurlemann, head

of division in the EP’s directorate of press and audio-visual services.

‘After the accession of Sweden, Finland and Austria there is more demand

for information in English’.



The daily News Report provides short, ‘snappy’, reports of selected

committee meeting decisions and other events written in a style aimed at

the general public while the weekly News Alert lists highlights of the

coming week. There will also be more in-depth briefings on complex

subjects such as BSE in both languages.



Coverage of the plenary sessions is largely unchanged with the pre-

session briefings, twice-daily reports and resumes produced in all 11

official languages, although both the design and style have been updated

to make them more accessible. A summary of night sessions will be

produced in English and French.



‘The main idea is to be more consumer friendly,’ said Kurlemann. He

added that there would also be more concentration on the activities of

the Parliament itself within the reports. ‘If a Commission member visits

a committee of the European Parliament they will issue their own speech.

We would concentrate on the reaction of the European Parliament,’ he

explained.



The changes have been ordered in response to a report produced by Hill

and Knowlton last year. Head of visits and services, Wolf Dieter Hell,

said his department would be producing a final response to the report’s

recommendations ‘not before October’. However, he revealed it had

already adopted some measures such as more collaboration with the

European Commission.



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