EC white paper to drive inclusion

Brussels: The European Commission is to produce a white paper on a communications policy to help citizens engage with pan-European government.

The commission has acknowledged the need to boost  comms in member states after France and Holland voted against a constitution earlier this year.

Themes in the paper, to be published on 15 December, are expected to include communicating messages on TV and the internet, and explaining European policy to the rest of the world.

'Good communication is essential for a healthy democracy,' said a statement in a commission policy paper published last week.

Proposals include regional events at Europe Direct information centres and the creation of 'goodwill ambassadors'. 

Membership of the EU is supported by 54 per cent of European citizens. But trust has decreased from half of residents declaring confidence in the EU in autumn 2004 to 44 per cent in 2005.

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