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Welcome to the 7th JMECE Lab newsletter

The Jean Monnet European Centre of Excellence Lab (www.jmecelab.com) at the Institute of Communications Studies (University of Leeds) is pleased to announce the publication of a new JMECE Lab newsletter Feb. 2010.

In this issue (download it HERE):

  • “The Spanish EU Presidency: Fasten your seatbelts!” by Francisco Seoane Pérez, journalist, PhD candidate, Spain
  • The JMECE docudrama “Do it like a European?” wins prize at the international Winton Film Contest
  • “Building Europe from the End of the World” by Francisco Seoane Pérez, journalist, PhD candidate, Spain
  • “The European Elections in Austria: blame it on the media or is Brussels just too far… away?” by Daniel Nagel. PhD candidate, editor for the Austrian CISG database, Austria
  • “Talking to Margot Wallström online” by Stergios Mavrikis, journalist, PhD candidate, Greece
  • “Why I am a Pirate” by Daniel Östlund, Pirate Party member, Sweden
  • “The Lisbon express” by George Tassiopoulos, PhD candidate in political science, France
  • “Europhobes and Europhiles: a new type of info-war in Plato’s cave” by Stergios Mavrikis, journalist, PhD candidate, Greece
  • “Conservative naivety on Europe” by Toni Giugliano, political researcher at the Scottish Parliament, Scotland/UK
  • “The media and the European Union: “Europe is maybe not sexy” (Wallström, 2008)” by Bruno Martin Hoyer, ICS MA student studying “Communicating Europe”, Germany
  • “The European Commission may be trying too hard to convince us” by Geoff Martin, Special Adviser to the Commonwealth Secretary General on Strategic Relationships, UK
  • State of the Art, The Condition of Liberty & The Art of Objection, 18th – 28th May 2009, Berlaymont Building, Brussels, Curated by Sami Jalili, Belgium

About to the JMECE LAB newsletter:

JMECELAB newsletter is produced by postgraduates researching the European Union. It reflects a particular interest in EU media policies, European identity (from the perspective of individual people in the EU states, and its international identity) and how these identities are mediated by printed and electronic media. Other areas of particular interest include EU egovernance, EU reform, security and diplomacy, EU multilateralism and trade as exemplified by EU-China relations, climate change and socio-legal developments. We welcome articles from readers in the region and around the world on any aspect of EU affairs, EU research, academic events and policy initiatives.

To subscribe to the JMECELAB Newsletter or for any other enquires please contact: Stergios Mavrikis at cla7sm@leeds.ac.uk

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Inside this special issue on European elections 2009: “Vote or let someone else decide for you”

Inside this special issue on European elections 2009: “Vote or let someone else decide for you”

The 6th newsletter of the JMECE Lab (www.jmecelab.com) at the Institute of Communications Studies (University of Leeds) is available online HERE:

Inside this special issue on European elections 2009: “Vote or let someone else decide for you”:

– “What the main party groups in the European Parliament say…” Read their political manifestos

– “European Elections 2009 : A coup de Poker” by George Tassiopoulos, PhD candidate in political science University of East-Paris

– “Think I’m Turning European” by Josef Litobarski, postgraduate student of European and International Studies, University of Trento, Italy

– “Making Europe Work for Women” by Nathalie Henry, ICS PhD candidate, Heidrun Herzogenrath-Amelung, ICS MA student, Pinelopi Troullinou, ICS MA student, Francisco Seoane Perez, ICS PhD candidate

– “The European eParticipation study” by Simon Smith, Research Associate, Institute of Communications Studies

– “Yorkshire MEPs: European politics are politics as normal”

– Book presentation: “Crossroad Europe”: cultural differences in text and images by Bruno van den Elshout, journalist, the Netherlands

JMECE Lab news:

  • “Leeds at the Agora of the Women of Europe prizewinners”, Rhodes, April 2009
  • “30 May 2009 / Euro elections 2009 Promotional Event: St Mary’s spring fair, Middleton, Leeds”
  • “22 May 2009 / Euro elections 2009 JMECE Lab Events: Leeds University Campus & Leeds City Centre”

Please follow the links bellow to watch the full version of the docudrama “Do it like a European?” created by communications studies students for young people. It is a non-partisan attempt to cover contemporary ideas, and young people’s hopes for Europe on the eve of the 2009 elections to the European Parliament in a way that appeals to young audiences.

Watch the film in High Definition!

Do it like a European? – PART ONE

Do it like a European? – PART TWO

Do it like a European? – PART THREE

Do it like a European? – PART FOUR

Do it like a European? – PART FIVE

Do it like a European? – PART SIX

A production celebrating the 50th anniversary of the European Parliament and 30 years since the first Euro-elections, presented by the Jean Monnet European of Excellence and the JMECE Lab at the University of Leeds, UK. A production supported by a grant from the European Parliament.

Please send us your feedback at cla7sm@leeds.ac.uk or csfbs@leeds.ac.uk

The European Parliament, the European Union and the 2009 election of the European Parliament by direct universal suffrage in free elections since 1979 has always posed a challenge to those seeking to inform voters that they personally elect candidates to serve as Members of the European Parliament.

In Britain, turnout has always been low. Many people are unaware of the impending elections on 4 June 2009. Many of the students who produced this dvd were equally unaware at the outset and equally unaware that they could vote on 4 June 2009 to elect Members of the European Parliament to represent their region. So we decided to find out more.

We produced an experimental dvd written by us for young, potential first time voters. In the process of discovery and production, the importance of voting in 4 June 2009 in the elections to the European Parliament became increasingly clear.

The European Parliament influences EU legislation. Our MEPs influence the legislation that affects us all. On 4 June 2009, we have the opportunity to vote.

The dvd reflects our interpretations of Europe. We thank the European Parliament, and all those who made it possible for us to discover why voting on 4 June 2009 matters, and why voting gives all of us an opportunity to play our part in shaping the future. Responsibility for the content remains ours.

All the materials are part of the activities promoted by the Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence at the University of Leeds, and the JMECE Lab, at the Institute of Communications Studies.

Please fell free to distribute the dvd among peers online.

Script/production supervisors: Stergios Mavrikis & Fabro Steibel.

Initial Idea: JMECE Lab members: May Jacobs, Stergios Mavrikis, Agnes Inge Schneeberger, Fabro Steibel, Anna Zoellner.

Producer: Vivienne Errington-Barnes, Ass. Producer: Maya Manwaring, Writer: Nick Miller, Director: Ali Dickinson, Camera: Joe Davis, A.D.:Anna Spragg, D.O.P: Charles Woods, Editor: Will Lock, Script Political Supervisor: Luke Errington-Barnes, Hair & Make-up: Jessie Young, P.D.: Laura Smith, Special Effects: Will Lock, Composer: Howard Carter, Ass. Writer: Emma Brown, Lighting: Tom Lane, Lighting Ass.: Jonny Hughes, Boom/Grip: Alex Darwin, Ass. Script Political Supervisor: Sundeep Kumar, Production Design Ass.: Cameron Carswell, Costume: Jinny Howarth, Costume Ass.: Klaudia Stoniek, Researcher (film): Amy Moorcroft, Production Ass.: Cristina Cretu, Runner: Teresa Lee, Runner: Edmund Perou, Runner: Lucy Dixon, Sound Editor: Lee Charallah, Animation Composer: Callum Oliver.

We would  like to invite you to watch the following short interviews with EU officials and others interested in the future of Europe and the forthcoming Euro-elections filmed and edited by the JMECE LAB team on the eve of the 2009 elections to the European Parliament in a way that appeals to young audiences. 

Feel free to use that material online on your blogs and websites.

Communicating Europe, reaching out to EU citizens – PART ONE

Communicating Europe, reaching out to EU citizens – PART TWO

Communicating Europe, reaching out to EU citizens – PART THREE

Communicating Europe, reaching out to EU citizens – PART FOUR

Interviewees:

Sarah Lambert, Acting Head of Representation European Commission in UK

Andrew Robinson, Honorary Consul, French Embassy in UK

Caroline Flint, Minister for Europe in UK

Maurice Gourdault-Montagne, Ambassador of France to the United Kingdom

Diana Johnson, Labour MEP for Hull North

Per Augustsson Minister, Deputy Chief of Mission Political and European Affairs, Embassy of Sweden in UK

• Detective Inspector Phil Butler, Northumbria Police

David Fortune, Chief Inspector

Christian Krappitz, European Commission Representation in UK

• Ambassador Georg Ambassador of Germany to the United Kingdom

Jan Winkler, Late Ambassador for the Czech Republic to the United Kingdom

Maureen Foers, Yorkshire Women Entrepreneurs

Borbála Czakó, Ambassador of Hungary to the United Kingdom

• Dr Richard Corbett, Labour MEP for Yorkshire and Humber

Les Parkes, Deputy Chair, European Movement, Yorkshire Branch

• JMECE Lab members Juliet Lodge, Fabro Steibel, Stergios Mavrikis, Francisco S. Perez, Amy Moorcroft

Join us in the first online discussion on eParticipation organised jointly by PEP-NET and the European eParticipation Study

Join us in the first online discussion on eParticipation organised jointly by PEP-NET and the European eParticipation Study

Join us in the first online discussion on eParticipation organised jointly by PEP-NET and the European eParticipation Study. The online debate will take place on www.internet-discourse.eu from 10:00am CET Monday 2 March to Friday 13 March.

We hope you will actively contribute to our online discussion, and help us demonstrate the value of such activities in achieving specific and valuable outputs.

Although you will get most out of the process if you contribute regularly over the next two weeks, even irregular inputs will be welcome! Our objective with this online discussion is to arrive at a high quality analysis of a number of European eParticipation issues, plus recommendations as to how each should be addressed.

You can find out more about the ten issues proposed for this discussion in the Library section. These issues arise from the preliminary work of the European eParticipation Study. However, the online discussion is also open for you to raise your own separate issues if you wish.

Important parts of the website:

1) READ THIS BEFORE YOU BEGIN: Outlines the objectives, our definitions, the process and phases of the online discussion

2) FORUMS: Most of the contributions by participants will be made in either the main forum or in the sub forums. Participants can either start a new thread in any forum or add to already existing threads.

3) IDEAS LIST: The ideas list is to be used by participants who do not want to participate in an actual discussion but just want to leave a short comment or opinion. Other participants can vote on the different “ideas” which gives them a ranking structure.

4) LIBARY: In the library, the ten suggested issues can be found, as well as background information on each.

We look forward to your input on www.internet-discourse.eu

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Downloand the newsletter HERE

The 5th newsletter of the JMECE Lab (January-February) is available online at:

Download the 5th newsletter HERE

Inside this issue:

• “European Harmony – Conductor or metronome?” by Mirek Topolánek, Prime Minister of the Czech Republic, EU presidency of the European Union between January and June 2009 (front page)

• “The 10 commandments for efficient Communication with EU citizens” by Stergios Mavrikis, PhD candidate, ICS (page: 3)

• “Economic crisis, “the perfect excuse” to avoid environmental commitments ” Report by Francisco Seoane Perez, PhD candidate, ICS (page: 6)

• “Multilingualism: a long term investment for EU” by Nathalie Henry, PhD candidate, ICS (page: 7)

• Movers and Shakers: The making of the European Parliament, by Juliet Lodge, Director Jean Monnet European Centre of Excellence, Professor of European Studies, ICS (page: eight)

• “European Union: A citizen’s perspective” by Bruno van den Elshout, Journalist and photographer (page 11)

• “Communicating Europe: How can this Utopia come about?” by Geoff Martin, Special Adviser to the Commonwealth Secretary General on Strategic Relationships (page 12)

• “Greece and Sarkozy’s “Union for the Mediterranean””, by George Tassiopoulos PhD candidate in political science University of East-Paris (page: 13)

• “Debate: European Communication Policy biased propaganda?”, by Silke Stumvoll, journalist, stagiaire at a Communication and information Unit of the Commission (page: 14)

•”Publication of Special JCER issue on Media and Communication in Europe: Babel Revisited”, by Agnes Inge Schneeberger, PhD candidate, ICS (page: 15)

 

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Activities of the project “Europe in my eyes”, supported by the European Parliament.
Project “Europe in my eyes”

The Jean Monnet European Centre of Excellence and the JMECE Lab, based in Institute of Communication Studies, has organised a one day conference in Leeds Civic Hall on Friday 13th March, 2009 between 10.00 a.m. and 16.00 p.m.

This event is intended to bring together young people from Leeds to look at engaging them in the forthcoming European Elections. To that end, a number of MEPs and speakers from the University, together with EU students in ICS, will be giving talks, holding round table debates and also showing a JMECE produced film.

The conference is part of our own research on citizenship, the public sphere and mediated governance and addresses the EU’s and its member states’ attempts to use new media to mobilise interest among citizens in democratic engagement.

Speakers include MEPs for Yorkshire and Humber, media practitioners, academics, researchers, local authorities and first time young voters from Britain and other EU countries. Issues to be discussed include voting in Euro-elections, young people’s views of the EU, its priorities, policies and the future of democracy. We would like to thank Lynette Falconer, Information Development Manager, Leeds Europe Direct at Leeds City Council for her support. Activities of the project “Europe in my eyes”, supported by the European Parliament.

In conjuction with: leeds_city_council

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Download the registraton form HERE

Downlaod the poster of the event HERE

Download the draft programme HERE


You and the Future of Democracy in Europe

Conference at Leeds Civic Hall, 13th March 2009, 10am-4pm


10.00 Welcome and Introduction. [speaker TBC]

PANEL 1: EU elections and EU citizenship

10.15 What future? What democracy? What’s the point of Euro-elections? Prof Juliet Lodge, JMECE, University of Leeds

10.30 The European Parliament in perspective. Dermot Scott, Head of the UK Office of the European Parliament

10.50 European elections, political participation and mobilisation of young people. Fabro Steibel, Francisco Seoane Perez and Stergios Mavrikis, JMECE Lab.

“Do it like a European?”: a film for first time voters by first time voters, marking the “50th anniversary of the European Parliament and 30 years since the first Euro-elections”. The film will be introduced by Leeds University Communications students, the Director Ali Dickinson, the Producer Vivienne Errington-Barnes and the Script-writer Nick Miller.

11.00 Screening of the short film “Do it like a European?”

11.30 Tea break

PANEL 2: Communicating Europe?

11.45 Boring, Irrelevant and Over there! The Media and Europe. Judith Stamper, Institute of Communication Studies, University of Leeds

12.00 Britain and Europe: Ignorance is Bliss! Geoffrey Martin, Special Adviser to the Commonwealth Secretary on Strategic Relationships

12.15 Protecting Citizens in Europe. DCI Dave Fortune

12.30 Lunch

Stands by Europe Direct, JMECE Lab and European Movement with material for distribution

PANEL 3: Your chance to talk to European MEPs

13.30 Green Europe: Political Choices. Diana Wallis, MEP, Liberal Democrat

13.50 What has European Parliament ever done for you? Dr Richard Corbett MEP, Labour.

14.10 Consuls-supporting you abroad. Mark Green, Honorary German Consul

14.20 Round table – with MEPs, including Dr Richard Corbett MEP Labour; Diana Wallis MEP Liberal Democrats; Godfrey Bloom MEP UKIP; and Mark Green Honorary German Consul. Moderated by Prof Juliet Lodge.

15.00 Tea break

PANEL 4 : European Union from the citizens’ perspective

15.15 What Use are Euro parties? Dr Simon Lightfoot, University of Leeds

15.30 The Role of Europe Direct Network: getting Information about Europe, studying and working elsewhere in Europe. Lynette Falconer, Leeds Europe Direct

15.40 Working for an idea: internship and employment at the European Union. Dr Alina Dobreva, European Commission stagiaire and Christina Michael, journalist working for Europa.eu

15.50 The European Movement – why it matters, and what it can do. Neill Schofield, the European Movement

16.00 Closing Speaker: Who’s European Now? Dr Katharine Sarikakis, University of Leeds

Special activity: The FOCUS GROUPS on ‘YOUR VISION OF EUROPE’ will convene at 15.00 – 16.0o

"You and the future of democracy in the EU" poster

"You and the future of democracy in the EU" poster

Ready and TH!NKing ABOUT IT

The JMECE Lab will be in Brussels on 26 January to kick off the first Europe-wide blogging competition!

The JMECE Lab will be in Brussels on 26 January to kick off the first Europe-wide blogging competition!

A dynamic community of bloggers, journalists and journalism students; a forum alive with debate and discussion; a creative portal to inspire youth involvement with the 2009 Parliamentary Elections – brought to you by the European Journalism Centre (EJC).

Travelling from every member state of the European Union, 81 bloggers will come together in Brussels on 26 January to kick off the first Europe-wide blogging competition, TH!NK ABOUT IT. The two-day launch event kicks off a blogging competition running until the European Parliamentary Elections in June.

TH!NK ABOUT IT will host bloggers from each EU member state in a a forum alive with debate and discussion – a dynamic online community of bloggers, journalists and journalism students sharing their thoughts on the EU and the upcoming European elections.

The bloggers, all individually invited and registered, are asked to cover, report, critique and debate on campaign issues and candidates. The goal is to get Europeans to TH!NK ABOUT IT and to express their views on Europe.

The bloggers, all individually invited and registered, are asked to cover, report, critique and debate on campaign issues and candidates. The goal is to get Europeans to TH!NK ABOUT IT and to express their views on Europe.

The bloggers, all individually invited and registered, are asked to cover, report, critique and debate on campaign issues and candidates. The goal is to get Europeans to TH!NK ABOUT IT and to express their views on Europe.

At the kickoff, invitees are briefed on the European blogsphere, European Parliament, elections and on understanding the EU from a journalist’s perspective. Between 4 and 7 June 2009, citizens of the European Union will be called upon to elect, for the seventh time, their representatives to the European Parliament, which will at that time be celebrating thirty years of election by direct universal suffrage.

This briefing will offer journalists from the EU 27 Member States access to in-depth information as well as opportunities to meet and exchange words with key players concerning the challenges related to the lack of identification, political debate and effective European leadership. The programme will also provide a comprehensive overview on the development of the campaign throughout Europe in the first semester of 2009 and the fundamental role political parties and the mass media played. The two-day event in Brussels will additionally be tailored as a useful platform for networking and creating contacts with EU officials, lobbyists, researchers and other stakeholders.

Useful Link about Euro-elections:

http://www.europarl.europa.eu/elections2009/default.htm?language=EN

 

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The November/December 2008 4th newsletter of the JMECE Lab (www.jmecelab.com) here at the Institute of Communications Studies is available. Click here to donwload.

Inside this issue:

• “The role of the EU in combating the financial crisis” by Dr. Richard Corbett MEP (Labour) (page: 4)

• “JMECE Lab at European Youth Media Days in Brussels” by Francisco Seoane Perez, PhD candidate (page: 5)

• “User Perceptions of EU institutions & communicator perceptions of their users” by Talke K. Hoppmann, PhD candidate (page: 6)

• “Northern Ireland : the Region that came in from the cold” by Goeff Martin, Special Adviser to the Commonwealth Secretary General on Strategic Relationships

• “Studying the beast on the wall of death” by Judith Stamper, Principal Teaching Fellow in Broadcast Journalism at ICS (page: 10)

• “Stagiaire’s Notes from Brussels” by Alina Dobreva, PhD candidate (page: 12)

• “Stagiaire at the EC / Like a little child at its first School day” by Silke Stumvoll, Journalist (page: 13)

• “British Euro-scepticism and why we should embrace closer European ties” by Adam Cooper, MA student (Politics) (page: 14)

• “European Researchers’ Online Behaviour 2008” by Angela Joyce, Research Officer for Intute (page: 15)

• “The Network of European Studies (SENT)” by Federiga Bindi SENT Coordinator and Jean Monnet Chair at the University of Rome Tor Vergata (page: 16)

• “Intercultural Dialogue: Best Practices at Community level” by Lynette Falconer, Information Development Manager, Library and Information Service, Leeds City Council (page: 20)

JMECE Lab news:

• “A new approach to communicating Europe” by Heidrun Herzogenrath-Amelung, MA student

• “Minister for Europe, Caroline Flint MP visits JMECE” by Pinelopi Troulinou, MA student (page 19)

• “The Jean Monnet European Centre and the JMECE Lab welcome the EU’s 26 Ambassadors in UK” by Nicole Barbosa, MA student (page 9)

Click http://www.box.net/shared/672ajlfh80 to download it.

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University of Leeds, 31st October 2008

French Ambassador in UK, His Excellency Maurice Gourdault-Montagne, visited the University of Leeds on behalf of the EU French Presidency. He was accompanied by representatives of all the EU’s Embassies in UK. The event included talks and Q&A session organised by the JMECE Lab.

Download the report of that event

For a set of photos please click bellow:


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Listen to an audio compilation:

See the video of that event: (not yet available)

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Eurominister Caroline Flint with JMECE Lab members Stergios Mavrikis, Francisco Seoane Pérez, Fabro Steibel and Professor Juliet Lodge

Eurominister Caroline Flint with JMECE Lab members Stergios Mavrikis, Francisco Seoane Pérez, Fabro Steibel and Professor Juliet Lodge

Title: “Future Visions of Europe”

Speaker: Minister for Europe, Caroline Flint MP

When: Thursday 23rd October at 13.30 to 14.30 p.m.

Venue: Stage One at the School of Performance and Cultural Industries. This building can be found to the left of the Student Union Building, when facing the main entrance.

The Minister will speak for 20-30 minutes after which there will be a Q&A session

All welcome

This event is part of the Future Visions of Europe and Europe in my eyes projects supported by the EU Commission and the European Parliament. For further details please see: www.jmecelab.com

Report of the event published by “Yorkshire Post”

Britain “must accept EU role in crisis”

Published Date: 24 October 2008

By Tom Smithard

Britons do not need to love the European Union – but need to appreciate its role in solving the current financial crisis, the European Minister said yesterday.

Caroline Flint, MP for the Don Valley, said Europe has brought benefits to Yorkshire such as increased investment and more jobs.

In her inaugural speech in her new role, given at Leeds University yesterday, the former Housing Minister and Yorkshire Minister outlined her vision for the future of Europe. For more click HERE.

Caroline Flint supports the UK's role in the European Union

Caroline Flint supports the UK's role in the European Union

"Communicating Europe"

Caroline Flint talking to MA students. Topic of discussion: "Communicating Europe"

Watch the video of that event:

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Welcome to the third JMECE Lab Newslettter

Highlights of this edition:

Please follow this link to download the complete third newsletter

1) European Parliament launches TV channel by Caroline Boyle Press Attaché / Head of Outreach / UK Office of the European Parliament

2) Launch of the Centre for Climate Change Economics and Policy (CCCEP) at the University of Leeds (and London School of Economics) by Dr Angela Carpenter, Research Fellow, Sustainability Research Institute

3) Euro Election Roundtable in Sheffield (2008 European Year of Intercultural Dialogue Festival)

4) The Concept of European Citizenship and the Jewish Diaspora by Silke Stumvoll / MA Thesis for the MA course on “International Communication”

JMECE Lab Second Edition Download

JMECE Lab Second Edition Download

Highlights of this edition:

– European Union: Closer than you thought! – by Judith Schilling, Publication Manager, European Commission Representation in UK.

– Invisible? Unintelligible? Pointless? Euro elections in historical perspective – by Juliet Lodge, Prof.  of European Studies, University of Leeds.

– Harvard Conference on Networks in Political Science – by Francisco Seoane Pérez, JMECE Lab member.

Please follow this link to download the complete 2nd newsletter: Download HERE

It is always important to remind that for the next academic year, 2008/2009, JMECE LAB will launch a series of events and initiatives under the project “Europe in my Eyes”. The project has related elements designed (under the academic guidance of the JMECE) to inform and encourage appreciation of the role of the European Parliament in stimulating and sustaining democratic accountability, vigilance and responsiveness in the EU for the benefit of citizens.

We have been awarded funding from the EU Commission Representation in London to run public engagement conferences and related activities on Europe, where we can collectively demonstrate our expertise at ‘Communicating Europe: Visions of the Present and Future” to different audiences (not only academics).

This is not a partisan pro (or anti)- Europe set of activities but rather one of dialogue around various images, ideas, hopes and perceptions of Europe now and in the future. Information about the project and related projects will be disseminated by the JMECELAB under the direction of our team and in consultation with academic staff as appropriate.

Please follow this link to download the complete 2nd newsletter: http://www.box.net/shared/z7qd9yzsms

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JMECE SEMINAR PROGRAMME – EVENTS

Meeting with EU expert and UK Head of the EU Commission until 2005

Geoff Martin, from the Commonwealth Secretariat

Monday, 10th March 2008 – EU, Media and the Citizen
Location: ICS seminar room – Houldsworth Building, University of Leeds

See photos of that event HERE

Report of the event by Stergios Mavrikis:

Geoff Martin is the Special Adviser to the Commonwealth Secretary General on Strategic Relationships. He was head of the European Commission in the U.K. since 1993 and inaugural Head of the European Commission in N.Ireland. He spoke for the JMECE Lab members and students of “Communicating Europe” module at ICS about Europe’s communication deficit.

As an experienced public speaker he mentioned that he is extremely sceptical about “what his former colleagues are trying to achieve in the context of communicating Europe”. He started his talk with the pessimistic note that Britain “remains the country least interested in the European Union”. UK and EU citizens want to know about Europe “what they feel they want to know”. They don’t need propagandistic material in its nature.

One of the reasons why UK citizens are not adequately informed about EU is because British press is very rampant in comparison to the press of rest of the continent, interested in “money coming from advertisers”. Only Finacial Times and BBC report the facts about Europe because “their audiences are people from all over the world”.

Geoff Martin continued his speech saying that national governments do not see that they have a responsibility to communicate Europe. Within countries there is no national sense of the need to be talking about Europe. In EU level European Commission’s role is not or shouldn’t be to communicate Europe. It is not the right platform from which to talk or communicate Europe. European Parliament should address this issue.

He closed his illuminating speech mentioning that, since citizens would like to be given the opportunity to follow current European affairs, we should all “leave the media alone to report about Europe”.

jmece_lab_event1Presentation of the JMECE Lab activities:
2nd Annual Postgraduate Conference
Communications and Space/Place
University of Leeds
Institute of Communications Studies

Friday 6th June 2008

  

Dr. Sophia Kaitatzi-Whitlock (opening speaker), Steven Mcdermott, Emeritus Prof. Jay Blumler, Dr. Katharine Sarikakis, Fabro Steibel, Stergios Mavrikis, May Jacob

 

Keynote speaker: Prof. Zygmunt Bauman

 

 

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May Jacob, Anna Zoellner, Agnes Schneeberger, Stergios Mavrikis, Richard Corbett, Juliet Lodge
May Jacob, Anna Zoellner, Agnes Schneeberger, Stergios Mavrikis, Richard Corbett, Juliet Lodge

 What happened to the EU’s draft CONSTITUTION? Is it the LISBON TREATY? … or is the Lisbon treaty something else altogether? Should there be a referendum? Dr. Richard Corbett discussed some of the key provisions and benefits that are expected to be gained from the new Treaty, and also some of the issues regarding ratification and referenda. 

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Friday, 7th March 2008 – The Lisbon Treaty
Venue: Roger Stevens Lecture Theatre 25
Speaker: Richard Corbett, MEP for Yorkshire and the Humber
 
See photos of that event HERE
Watch the videos of that event INTERVIEW PART I and INTERVIEW PART II
Read the report of the event HERE 

 

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JMECE RESEARCH STUDENTS LAB R4eGov Focus Group on ICTs and European Mobility

University of Leeds, Friday, 7th March 2008

JMECE LAB R4eGov Focus Group on ICTs and European Mobility

R4eGov Focus Group on ICTs was an opportunity for the JMECE Research Students LAB to make an input into deliberations about the kind of technological “solutions” young European students would ideally like to experience when applying for mobility programmes with: 1) other European universities, 2) in general when thinking about going to or working in another EU state, where citizens want to register residence, driving licence, health, tax etc online.

The final report, based on the answers given by this student’s advisory group (focus group), summarises: 1) main views, 2) recommendations to the EU, 3) ideal vision of a portal/software which could help student’s mobility.

The focus group took place in the Seminar Room at the Institute of Communications Studies in Leeds on 7th March 2008. Duration of focus group: 2 hours.

Download the Final Report

Related Link:

Use Study in Europe to find the university that suits you best. A well-informed decision will make your time abroad even more valuable.

The ACA/GES Database of Programmes Taught in English provides you with most Bachelor and Master programmes in Europe that are taught entirely in English. PhD programmes are also included to a minor extent.

 

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"...how young people perceive themselves as European citizens with the right to vote for European Parliament"

Production of a DVD clip marking the

“50th anniversary of the European Parliament and 30 years since the first Euro-elections”

JMECE LAB will produce a dvd which will be uploaded onto the JMECE webpage and will go around the world! Creative minds wanted to brainstorm and produce an audiovisual product which will be sent to European Forums and European Institutions. If you have any ideas, story lines, scenarios etc. please contact us in order to arrange a meeting and develop further your idea. Our focus is on: European elections, political participation and mobilization of young people and how young people perceive themselves as European citizens with the right to vote for European Parliament. Please contact us: cla7sm@leeds.ac.uk  

 

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JMECE LAB EVENT EUROPE DAY – 9 MAY 2008

JMECE LAB EVENT EUROPE DAY – 9 MAY 2008

Reception for Europe Day – Friday 9th May 2008 at 4 pm – Leeds Union Building

See photos of that event HERE

What is Europe Day?

You may have come across a reference in a diary or elsewhere to the fact that 9 May is “Europe Day” and perhaps asked about its significance. Probably very few people in Europe know that on 9 May 1950 the first move was made towards the creation of what is now known as the European Union.
In Paris that day, against the background of the threat of a Third World War engulfing the whole of Europe, the French Foreign Minister Robert Schuman read to the international press a declaration calling France, Germany and other European countries to pool together their coal and steel production as “the first concrete foundation of a European federation”.
What he proposed was the creation of a supranational European Institution, charged with the management of the coal and steel industry, the very sector which was, at that time, the basis of all military power. The countries which he called upon had almost destroyed each other in a dreadful conflict which had left after it a sense of material and moral desolation.
Everything, therefore, began that day. That is why during the Milan Summit of EU leaders in 1985 it was decided to celebrate 9 May as “Europe Day”. [For more: http://europa.eu/abc/symbols/9-may/euday_en.htm]

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Everything, therefore, began that day

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