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The event “Disinformation – the playbook and how to fight it: 2018 Brussels DisinfoLab”, co-organised by EUDisinfoLab and the Atlantic Council, was held on April 11, 2018 at the EurActiv premises in Brussels with 80 participants. The goal of the event was to shed light on disinformation operations not only in the EU, but also globally. Disinformation, just as “fake news” among the population, is a buzz word among Brussels officials and experts. There is a consensus that it’s a priority for Western societies to fight it, but often without an understanding of the complexity of the issue.
In January 2018, we organised an interactive workshop showcasing the results of the CODES project co-funded by “Europe for Citizens”, and discussing solutions to engage local media and citizens, and combat misinformation. Through public debates in 6 different countries, the CODES project identified the sources of public Euroscepticism and developed tools to present benefits of the EU in local environment. The main project output is an innovative communication strategy based on a bottom-up approach (read here the policy brief: Being active, less formal and going local: Adjusting communication strategy).
Key MEPs Elmar Brok and Mercedes Bresso, top practitioners and academics led a discussion on the future of media cooperation and innovation on September 26, 2017 within the EURACTIV Brussels Network Office. The conference confirmed that cross-border on-the-job exchanges are a pioneering tool to tackle the crisis of the European media sector. The basis of the concept is to exchange up-and-coming professionals (“rising stars”) to develop innovative and sustainable solutions, and then share best practices with more senior managers.
Fondation EURACTIV organises policy stakeholder events in Brussels. We host panel discussions moderated by a relevant expert, with 4-10 speakers representing the European Commission, the European Parliament (MEPs), Member States, media sector, industry and associations, civil society and think tanks. We gather high-level participants from all EU institutions, including MEPs, European and national-level associations and organisations, private companies, NGOs, think tanks, academia and media. We use different formats: conference, fishbowl, roundtable, hackathon…
We also promote debates and sharing of best practices, through training programmes and interactive workshops. In cooperation with our partners, universities and foundations we organise lively discussion groups aimed at involving all participants, developing skills and stimulating innovative approaches.