NEWS: ENPA set to raise its political profile through lobbying

ENPA, the European Newspaper Publishers Association, is poised to appoint a full-time lobbyist, to promote its political profile and the interests of European newspapers.

ENPA, the European Newspaper Publishers Association, is poised to

appoint a full-time lobbyist, to promote its political profile and the

interests of European newspapers.



Speculation of an appointment is rife, following criticism by the

Newspaper Society - which represents the interests of publishers of

regional and local newspapers in the UK - that the ENPA is at risk of

becoming ‘unfocused’ and ‘overly bureaucratic’.



In its proposals for the forthcoming ENPA General Assembly on 18

October, the Newspaper Society has highlighted the need for the

ENPA to redefine its priorities, functioning more as a lobbying

organisation and less as a trade body.



One of the key issues to be resolved at the forthcoming assembly, said

Newspaper Society director David Newell, is whether the current ENPA

director, Michel Van-Straeten, can combine running the association with

lobbying functions.



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