The European Commission has announced a Call for Proposals for Pilot Project “A European Public Sphere: A New Online Media offer for Young Europeans”.
It seeks proposals of consortia gathering at least 5 media organisations from at least 5 EU Member States, to produce daily, thought-provoking content from across Europe around current affairs, particularly targeting young Europeans.
Objectives of the Pilot Project
Increased availability of online information, in different languages, around European topics that affect young people across the EU, presented in engaging formats and through multiple viewpoints. Engaging discussions and youth events.
- Collaboration between at least 5 media organisations from 5 EU Member States;
- Creation of daily, thought-provoking content around current affairs, through innovative cross-border editorial processes;
- An outreach plan, to reach as many young Europeans as possible;
- Distribution via own channels, partner websites, blogs and/or social media networks;
- Engaging discussions and youth events
- The total budget earmarked for the co-financing of projects under this call for proposals is estimated at EUR 2.5 million.
- The maximum rate of co-financing is 70% of eligible costs. Applicants may propose a lower co-funding rate.
- The Commission expects to fund up to 2 proposals.
- The call is open to a consortium of at least five different entities, each of which may have affiliated entities. For the purpose of this grant, affiliated entities are legal entities having a legal or capital link with applicants, which is neither limited to the action nor established for the sole purpose of its implementation. These affiliated entities may declare eligible costs.
- For that purpose, applicants shall identify such affiliated entities in the application form.
The consortium may include:
- Media organisations;
- Non profit organisations (including youth organisations).
- Natural persons are not eligible except self-employed persons or equivalent (i.e. sole traders) where the company does not possess legal personality separate from that of the natural person.
Country of Establishment
- Only applications from legal entities established in the EU Member States are eligible. General notice.
- For UK applicants: In conformity with the EU-UK Withdrawal Agreement the UK and persons or entities established in the UK continue to be eligible to receive Union funds under actions carried out in direct, indirect or shared management, which implement Union programmes and activities committed under the MFF 2014-2020 until the closure of those Union programmes and activities. When restrictions apply, these will be clearly specified in the call for proposals.
The European Commission expects applicants to gather at least five different4 media organisations from at least five EU Member States. The consortium should propose a professional editorial team with members from at least five EU Member States.
To assess the applicants’ eligibility, the following supporting documents are requested: –
- private entity: extract from the official journal, copy of articles of association, extract of trade or association register, certificate of liability to VAT (if, as in certain countries, the trade register number and VAT number are identical, only one of these documents is required);
- public entity: copy of the resolution, decision or other official document establishing the public-law entity ;
- natural persons: photocopy of identity card and/or passport; certificate of liability to VAT, if applicable (e.g. some self-employed persons)
- entities without legal personality: documents providing evidence that their representative(s) have the capacity to undertake legal obligations on their behalf.