Monthly Archives: September 2012

Communicating the State of the European Union

When President Barroso stood up to make his annual State of the European Union (SOTEU) speech to the European Parliament on 12 September, his immediate audience was the hundreds of MEPs packed into the chamber in Strasbourg.

But digital media helped to relay the messages contained in the speech to a much wider public, as well as providing a forum for feedback and debate.  The communication of the 2012 State of the Union speech mobilized one of the broadest arrays of online tools seen so far for a political event of this kind at EU level.

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What can we learn from the 2012 US Presidential elections?

Techies on both sides of the Atlantic are keeping a close eye on the digital media programmes of the candidates in this year’s US Presidential elections.

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Opening the windows to knowledge

More than half of international aid for developing countries comes from the European Union and its Member States.

Implementing the EU’s development budget involves a wide range of partners across the world.  These include staff working in the Commission’s headquarters in Brussels, its delegations in non-EU countries, EU Member States, other international donors, NGOs and the wider development community.

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What do U2, Poland, the EU and social media have in common?

In 2009, Poland was getting ready to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the transition from communism and the country’s subsequent accession to the European Union.  Rafal Rudnicki and his colleagues from the European Commission’s office in Warsaw were putting together a video with archive footage from the preceding 20 years.  They just needed a great soundtrack to accompany the images.

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