“EU information and media 2001”
State Chancellery (Riigikantselei) - European Union
Information Secretariat (ELIS)
Ministry of Culture - Media and Copyright Department
From June to December 2001 activities covering advisory work, seminars
and workshops were implemented in Estonia. In addition, the project
included a study tour to Copenhagen
The project’s overall goal was to improve the level of
knowledge on EU matters for Estonians working in the public administration
(centrally as well as locally) and other groups, such as people working
within NGOs, media, education etc. The primary aim was to provide
knowledge on contemporary EU integration related issues related to public
information management in the EU and in particular in Denmark.
Workshops on “Contemporary Media Relations”
focused on the rights of the media in relation to access to EU information
and to the obligations on Member States’ authorities in relation to
openness and secrecy requirements in EU-law. The workshops considered
applications for information, grounds for refusal and the planning of
information policies. Theories on communication were presented.
Danish experiences were used as practical examples of media
relations together with the case law of the European Court of Justice on
access to information.
Workshops on “Danish Experiences on EU Information
and Media 2001” focused on the strategic planning and co-ordination in
communication. Consequences for strategic planning were drawn from the
procedural rules of the Community institutions, with special emphasis on
the Comitology procedure. The Danish experiences and the case law of the
European Court of Justice were used as practical examples of the
possibilities of strategic planning.
Seminars covered introduction and sharing of Danish
experiences from the MEDIA PLUS programme, the programme potentials and
possibilities for Estonian international co-productions.