EC plans hire for media seminars

The European Commission is planning to run a series of seminars and lectures briefing journalists on European Union policy.

The aim is to ensure the media and public are better informed about the way the EU is run.

It will spend between £4.4m and £7m on an agency over a period of four years.

The EC is planning to run around 40 events every year for journalists from EU member states, candidate countries and even non-members.

The appointed agency will be responsible for designing, organising and running the programme of events. They also intend to boost understanding of the reasoning behind – and effects of – the EU’s oft-criticised policies.

Reporting to head of the EC’s communication, D-G Antonis Papacostas, the agency will be retained for an initial 12 months, with the possibility of being retained for three more years.

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