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DR. ERHARD BUSEK - SEEMO 2007 AWARD FOR BETTER UNDERSTANDING IN SOUTH EAST EUROPE

 

 

The South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO) is pleased to announce the Dr. Erhard Busek - SEEMO 2007 Award for Better Understanding in South East Europe.

Sponsored by Dr. Erhard Busek, special coordinator for the Stability Pact, the 2,000 Euro award will be given to a journalist, editor, media executive or person educating journalists in South Eastern Europe, who promotes a climate of better understanding among people in the region and who works towards ending minority problems, ethnic divisions, racism, xenophobia, etc.

 

In 2002, the South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO) and its international jury chose Croatian journalist, Denis Latin, as its recipient of the Dr. Erhard Busek - SEEMO 2002 Award for Better Understanding in South East Europe, in recognition of his outstanding efforts in journalism, which contributed toward better understanding in South Eastern Europe. In 2003, the award was presented to Kemal Kurspahic, former editor-in-chief of the Sarajevo daily Oslobodjenje. The 2005 Award was given to Brankica Petkovic, Head of the Center for Media Policy at the Peace Institute in Ljubljana, Slovenia, and editor-in-chief of the book versions of Media Watch and Media Watch Journal. She is also the author of a number of articles on media representations of minorities, with a special focus on the Roma minority in Slovenia. In 2006, the South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO) and its international jury chose the Croatian journalist, Danko Plevnik, international relations columnist for

the Croatian daily Slobodna Dalmacija from Split, as the recipient of the Dr. Erhard Busek - SEEMO 2006 Award for Better Understanding in South East Europe, in recognition for outstanding efforts in journalism which contributed toward better understanding in South Eastern Europe.

 

If you know of anyone who would be a worthy recipient of the Dr. Erhard Busek - SEEMO Award for Better Understanding in South East Europe, please send a letter to SEEMO with basic details about the person (along with a professional CV, describing why she / he should receive the award), as well as the contacts of the person (media organisation, address, phone, fax, email). In case you would like to nominate a media outlet or an organisation / institution, please always provide details of its representative, because this award can be presented only to individuals.


If your nomination is supported by an organisation / media outlet, please send us the name of the contact person supporting your nomination, as well as basic information about the organisation / media outlet. If your nomination is supported by another individual or individuals, please send us their details and contact information. We would also need your own details and contact information (address, phone, fax, email, mobile phone). Please note that members of the jury cannot be nominated for the award.


Any additional material about the nominated person (such as TV reports on video or DVD, audio reports on cassette or CD, or articles in newspapers), if possible with a short English translation, are welcomed. Unfortunately, supporting material cannot be returned, so please always send copies of the original material.


Please send your nomination and supporting documents to:


SEEMO/IPI
"Busek Award"

Spiegelgasse 2/29

1010 Vienna, Austria

Tel: +43 1 513 39 40

Fax: +43 1 512 90 15

E-mail: info@seemo.org

 

The deadline for applications for the 2007 Dr. Erhard Busek – SEEMO Award for Better Understanding in South East Europe is: 1 June 2007. The Award will be presented on 19 October 2007 in Vienna/Austria.

 

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Piše: G. Galoviæ
Foto: Dragan Matiæ



Naime, današnja sjednica Vlade poèela je sa zakašnjenjem od sat vremena i 40 minuta pa su novinari, a zatim i snimatelji demonstrativno izašli iz Vlade. Novinari istièu kako gotovo ni jedna sjednica ove Vlade nije poèela na vrijeme.  Glasnogovornik Vlade Ratko Maèek isprièao se novinarima te je obeæao kako sjednice Vlade više neæe kasniti.

- Ubuduæe æe se svi sastanci koji se oduže biti prekinuti kako bi sjednica Vlade mogla poèeti u zakazano vrijeme - obeæao je Maèek.

Današnje kašnjenje sjednice opravdao je sastankom premijera Sanadera s èelnicima sindikalnih središnjica koji je trajao 45 minuta duže od predviðenog roka te kratkim sastankom premijera s potpredsjednikom Svjetske banke za Europu i srednju Aziju. 

Ostali novinari Hine i Vjesnika

Iako je veæina novinara otišla sa sjednice izvještavati su ostali novinari Vjesnika i Hine. Hina je stoga izvijestila da je Vlada na današnjoj sjednici ovlastila Hrvatski fond za privatizaciju da raspiše natjeèaje o prodaji Bizovaèkih Toplica i imotskog Trimota. Natjeèaj za kupnju 99,41 posto dionica Bizovaèkih Toplica bit æe raspisan po poèetnoj cijeni 20 posto nominalne vrijednosti, odnosno nešto više od 26 milijuna kuna, dok æe 97,78 posto dionica Trimota bit ponuðeno pod posebnim uvjetima, za jednu kunu, ali uz obvezujuæe uvjete.

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PRELOG - Hrvatski predsjednik Stjepan Mesiæ u utorak se, tijekom boravka u Prelogu, osvrnuo na incident na HRT-u koji se zbio nakon neuspjelog biranja novog ravnatelja. Odgovarajuæi na novinarsko pitanje što je razlog za to, rekao je kako je »vjerojatno juèerašnjem incidentu pridonijela i izborna godina jer mnogi bi htjeli da televizija bude u službi ove ili one politièke opcije«.
»Meðutim, mi smo se izborili za to da HRT bude javna televizija i da nikakva politièka opcija nema prednost, da graðani putem televizije dobiju informacije i da se educiraju, a ne da se njima politièki manipulira«, ustvrdio je Mesiæ. Izrazivši žaljenje zbog incidenta, Predsjednik je primijetio kako si i javne osobe dopuštaju takav »luksuz da se tuku kada ne proðe njihov prijedlog«. »To dokazuje da nisu demokratièni jer misle da se argumentom sile mogu rješavati problemi, a moraju shvatiti da se samo snagom argumenata rješavaju problemi«, poruèio je Mesiæ.
Predsjednik se u Prelogu sastao s lokalnim dužnosnicima i poduzetnicima koji su ga upoznali sa stanjem meðimurskog i preloškog gospodarstva. Ponovivši da je za gospodarstvo važno razvijanje visokosofisticiranih tehnologija, ocijenio je da ne bismo imali problema u zapošljavanju kada bi i ostatak Hrvatske bio uspješan kao što je uspješno meðimursko poduzetništvo.
Predsjednik Mesiæ posebno je pohvalio osnivanje brojnih poduzetnièkih zona u Meðimurju, kao i nekoliko tvrtki koje se bave specijaliziranom proizvodnjom što je, kako je rekao, obeæavajuæe za gospodarski uzlet Hrvatske. »Sve je ovdje dobro organizirano, ljudi žele popraviti kvalitetu svog života, a to mogu jedino ako se proizvodi i izvozi. Ja sam došao to podržati«, rekao je. [Hina]

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"NadaDan poslije fizièkog obraèuna èlanova Programskog vijeæa HRT-a Jadranke Kolareviæ i Danka Bljajiæa, potonji je svoje viðenje pojaèao medicinskim izvješæem u kojemu stoji da je ostao bez zuba, šestice gore desno, nagnjeèen mu je mišiæ èeljusti, baš kao što mu je nagnjeèena i ogrebana desna šaka.
Bljajiæ tvrdi kako je sve zapoèela Kolareviæ, prva ga udarivši. Poèeo se, kaže, braniti onog trena kada je u ustima osjetio puknuti zub.
Jadranka Kolareviæ o ozljedama i samom tijeku obraèuna nije željela govoriti. No, progovorila je Nada Gaèeši- Livakoviæ, koja je ratoborni dvojac razdvajala dobivši pritom i sama nekoliko udaraca. Ona tvrdi: "Nema veze s istinom to da ga je ona lupila prva! On je nju prvi lupio nogom, a onda i šakom!"
Gaèešiæ-Livakoviæ kazuje kako su se s ruèka vraæali u ured Jadranke Šaško po stvari. Sve je, kaže, poèelo onoga trena kada je Bljajiæ kazao kako veæ mjesec i pol zna da je premijer Ivo Sanader lobirao za Vanju Sutliæa kod pet èlanova Vijeæa, pa tako i kod Kolareviæ.
- Ona mu je tada kazala: "O èemu ti prièaš!? Mene nitko nikada nije lobirao. Ti si taj koji trèi stalno okolo i lobira". Pritom mu je prišla malo bliže. On joj je odbrusio: "Što mi se unosiš u lice!" Podigao se sa stolice i gurnuo je prema ormaru. To što kaže da ga je lupila dok je sjedio, to je laž! On je nju lupio prvi nogom. Urlale smo da je pusti, no on je onako sav zelen od bijesa udario nogom iz zaleta i lupao šakama preko nas koji smo ih pokušavali rastaviti. Ja i Šaško stali smo izmeðu njih, i Ljevak ih je pokušavao rastaviti, ali je odustao - prisjeæa se Gaèešiæ-Livakoviæ.
- Sve ovo za mene je nevjerojatan šok - kazala nam je.
- Ovo je za mene neprihvatljiva situacija. Ne mogu vjerovati da muškarac može tako udarati ženu, za glavu manju od sebe, iscipelariti je, a onda još reæi da je pretuèen. Sve su granice ovim prijeðene - naglasila je Gaèešiæ-Livakoviæ.
Danko Bljajiæ u utorak je, osim odlaska zubaru i sanacije šestice gore desno, prijavio policiji Jadranku Kolareviæ zbog napada te je odluèio kako æe je tužiti zbog klevete i uvrede jer ga je u novinama nazvala psihopatom. Bljajiæ kani, ako bude potrebno, zatražiti i poligrafsko ispitivanje svjedoka.
- Šokirana sam! On je taj koji agresivno napada svakoga u Vijeæu tko ima drukèije mišljenje. Svi smo u šoku. Èlanovi Vijeæa me zovu i pitamo se svi zajedno zašto smo ga trpjeli uopæe ove tri godine - kazala nam je u utorak Jadranka Kolareviæ.
"NadaNajavila je kako æe protiv Bljajiæa podnijeti kaznenu prijavu, dok æe u èetvrtak na Vijeæu pokrenuti postupak Bljajiæeva razrješenja. Što se pak tièe navodnog udarca štiklom po Bljajiæevu licu, napominje da ona štikle uopæe ne nosi.
I s Bljajiæeva ’originalnog’ posla u Klinici za ženske bolesti u Petrovoj ulici stizale su informacije o njegovim sukobima. Tako je poèetkom prošle godine Bljajiæ podigao kaznenu prijavu protiv Ante Èorušiæa, predstojnika Zavoda za onkologiju u Petrovoj, koji mu je, kako nam je kazao, zbog njegova angažmana u Vijeæu HRT-a prijetio smræu. Glasine o tome da su se njih dvojica tada èak i fizièki obraèunali nekoliko puta, Bljajiæ je demantirao i dodao kako nikada nije bio agresivan.
   

Sutra je dan velikog rata

U èetvrtak se bira vršitelj dužnosti ravnatelja HRT-a. Najizglednijim rješenjem èini se ravnateljica Radija Ivanka Luèev, koja je ionako u ovom trenutku Galiæeva zamjenica. No, teoretski v.d. može biti i Marija Nemèiæ, baš kao i Vanja Sutliæ. Dok jedni drže kako je bolje izabrati makar koga samo da Televizija ne bude obezglavljena i ne dobije povjerenika, drugi su odluèni ostati dosljedni do kraja i ne birati nikoga, kako kažu, delegiranog od politike.
Sve æe spasti na pleæa onog treæeg èlana Vijeæa koji je uz Jašiæevu i Bljajiæa glasovao protiv Sutliæa. Još se ne zna o kome je rijeè, ali se da èuti kako se na njega veæ radi pritisak pa njegovo 'pucanje' i glasovanje za v.d. rješenje nije nemoguæe oèekivati. Jedino što bi moglo zakomplicirati situaciju jest najava nekih èlanova Vijeæa kako ne kane ni zapoèinjati raspravu dok ne razriješe dužnosti Bljajiæa koji sam ne misli odstupiti.

S. PAVIÆ

Mesiæ: Mnogi bi htjeli da HRT bude u službi politike

Hrvatski predsjednik Stjepan Mesiæ osvrnuo se na juèerašnji incident na HRT-u. Odgovarajuæi na novinarsko pitanje što je tomu razlog, rekao je kako je ’vjerojatno incidentu pridonijela i izborna godina jer mnogi bi htjeli da televizija bude u službi ove ili one politièke opcije’. ’Meðutim, mi smo se izborili da HRT bude javna televizija i da nikakva politièka opcija nema prednost, da graðani preko televizije dobiju informacije i da se educiraju, a ne da se njima politièki manipulira’, ustvrdio je Mesiæ.(H)

Galiæ do daljnjegaravnatelj

Mirko Galiæ, aktualni ravnatelj HRT-a, prema tumaèenju Ministarstva kulture te prema rijeèima Ratka Maèeka, glasnogovornika Vlade, još nije ni razriješen sukladno Zakonu o HRT-u. Ako se u èetvrtak ne izabere v.d. ravnatelja, usprkos svim agremanima, Galiæ do daljnjeg ostaje ravnateljem. Zakon propisuje da se glavni ravnatelj može razriješiti samo ako je imenovan vršitelj dužnosti ili mora èekati novi natjeèaj. Osim toga, Vlada nema zakonskog osnova imenovati povjerenika.

   

Darinka JANJANIN

Znalo se da zbog bolesti neæu doæi, a iz istog razloga neæu doæi ni u èetvrtak. Ja ne znam za koga bih glasovala da sam bila nazoèna. Vjerojatno za Sutliæa ne bih jer je on dogovor politièkog vrha. A, što se tièe tuèe, neka su se potukli. U talijanskom parlamentu to rade stalno.

Nedjeljko PINTARIÆ

Nisam bio svjedok obraèuna. Žalosno je da se takve stvari dogaðaju, baš kao što je žalosno da se na èlanove Vijeæa želi baciti ljaga zato što nisu nikoga izglasali. U Vijeæu sjedi 11 glava koji imaju pravo tim glavama razmišljati i glasovati kako hoæe, a ne da se grupiraju u sekcije po nalozima izvana.

Anja ŠOVAGOVIÆ-DESPOT

Šokirana sam i nemam rijeèi kako bih opisala svoje gnušanje Bljajiæevim ponašanjem. Ako u èetvrtak ne da ostavku neæemo ni raditi. Ovo je blamaža za zemlju, za sve, od HTV-a do države. Ovo je blamaža Hrvatskog sabora koji delegira ovakve ljude na tako znaèajna mjesta na HRT-u. To je dno dna.

Suzana JAŠIÆ

Ja u uredu gdje se dogodio incident nisam bila, no mislim da je odgovornost u najmanju ruku obostrana. I Bljajiæ i Kolareviæ postupili su apsolutno nekorektno, jer nitko nema pravo primjenjivati silu. Pritom je Bljajiæeva krivnja veæa s pozicije muškarca i jaèeg spola.

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Robert Bosch Stiftung i ERSTE Fondacija najavili su 19. ožujka 2007. godine pokretanje novog programa stipendija za mlade novinare na Balkanu. U okviru inicijative koja æe se voditi u suradnji s Balkanskom istraživaèkom mrežom (BIRN), svake godine deset novinara æe dobiti priliku istraživati i pripremiti analitièke èlanke za jednu specijalnu publikaciju.

Od balkanskih informativnih medija se sve više traži izvještavanje o kompleksnim reformskim pitanjima, uzimajuæi pri tome u obzir regionalne i europske aspekte. Stoga ovaj program ima za cilj poticanje kvalitetnog izvještavanja, stimulacije regionalnog umrežavanja novinara i unapreðivanja uravnoteženog izvještavanja o temama koje su od kljuène važnosti kako za regiju tako i za Europsku uniju.

Novinari mlaði od 35 godina iz Albanije, Bosne i Hercegovine, Bugarske, Hrvatske, s Kosova, iz Makedonije, Crne Gore, Rumunjske i Srbije pozivaju se da podnesu svoje prijedloge za istraživanje o ovogodišnjoj temi – MOBILNOST.

Sve više granica i barijera kretanju ljudi, robe, kapitala, usluga, informacija i ideja koje nièu izmeðu balkanskih zemalja i prema Europskoj uniji guše razvoj, stvaraju frustracije, usporavaju regionalno pomirenje i suradnju, i izoliraju ovu regiju od Europe i njenih vrijednosti. Ovo je poziv na autentièno i znaèajno novinarsko istraživanje o utjecaju takvih prepreka na politièka, ekonomska ili društvena pitanja.

Deset stipendista izabrati æe se na osnovu njihovih prijedloga za istraživaèke projekte, koji bi trebali obuhvatiti planove za prekogranièno istraživanje unutar balkanske regije i u državama èlanicama Europske unije, oslanjajuæi se na primjere suradnje ili nedostatka suradnje, radeæi usporedbe i ukazujuæi na primjere dobre prakse.

Oni æe sudjelovati u programu stipendiranja, koji obuhvaæa uvodni seminar u Beèu, nadzor i mentorski rad s lokalnim urednicima, pojedinaèna istraživaèka putovanja u druge zemlje regije i Europske unije, i završni seminar i ceremoniju dodjele nagrade u Berlinu.

Uspješni kandidati æe dobiti stipendije od 2.000 eura i novac za putne troškove u visini do 2.000 eura, a programski odbor za selekciju stipendista, saèinjen od domaæih i europskih novinara i eksperata, nagradiæe jednog stipendista prilikom za daljnje profesionalno usavršavanje, i to u iznosu od 8.000 eura.

Radovi stipendista objavljivati æe se u zasebnoj publikaciji i u elektronskom formatu, i distribuirati æe se na lokalnim jezicima, kao i na engleskom i njemaèkom.

Prijava
Prijave moraju stiæi najkasnije do 27. travnja 2007. godine. Obrasci za prijavu i smijernice su dostupne na sljedeæoj adresi: fellowship.birn.eu.com. 


Fondacija Robert Bosch
Osnovana 1964. godine, Fondacija Robert Bosch jedna je od najveæih njemaèkih fondacija jedne privatne kompanije. Ona promovira filantropska i društvena dostignuæa osnivaèa Roberta Boscha (1861–1942) i realizira ciljeve iz njegove ostavštine na jedan moderan naèin. , Fondacija Robert Bosch je prvenstveno angažirana u oblasti meðunarodnih odnosa, zdravstva i obrazovanja.
www.bosch-stiftung.de

Fondacija ERSTE
Fondacija ERSTE je direktni nasljednik štedionice "Erste Oesterreichische Spar-Casse", osnovane u Beèu u 1819. godine. Oslanjajuæi se na tradiciju štedionica osnovanih kao poduzeæa koje rade za javno dobro, Fondacija ERSTE je zapoèela svoje aktivnosti 2005. godine. Kao glavni dionièar Erste banke, Fondacija ERSTE je jedna od najveæih fondacija u Europi. Aktivna je u cijeloj regiji srednje i jugoistoène Europe, usredotoèujuæi se u svom radu na tri programa – društvena odgovornost, kultura i Europa.
www.erstestiftung.org

Balkanska istraživaèka mreža (BIRN)
BIRN je mreža nevladinih organizacija koje rade s balkanskim novinarima na stimulacijskom izvještavanju o proeuropskim reformama u regiji. Njene èlanice širom regije vode razlièite projekte obuke i javnih rasprava s ciljem poveæanja kapaciteta i utjecaja analitiènog i istraživaèkog novinarstva. Oni zajedno pripremaju Balkan insight, vodeæu publikaciju o putu ove regije prema Europi.
www.birn.eu.com

Za dodatne informacije kontaktirajte:
Anna McTaggart
Menadžer programa za stipendiranje
BIRN
ul. Gospodar Jovanova 81
11000 Beograd, Srbija
Tel.: +381 (0)11/328-7080
Fax: +381 (0)11/2622-328
fellowship@birn.eu.com.
fellowship.birn.eu.com

 

Launch of the Balkan Fellowship for Journalistic Excellence

The Robert Bosch Stiftung and ERSTE Foundation announced on 19 March 2007 the launch of a new fellowship programme for young journalists in the Balkans. To be run in cooperation with the Balkan Investigative Reporting Network, BIRN, the initiative will each year give ten reporters the chance to research in-depth articles for a special publication.

As the Balkan news media increasingly need to cover complex reform issues with regional and Europe-wide dimensions, this programme aims to foster quality reporting, regional networking among journalists and balanced coverage on topics that are central to the region as well as to the European Union.

Journalists under the age of 35 from Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, Romania or Serbia, are encouraged to submit research proposals on this year’s theme – MOBILITY.

The proliferation of borders and barriers to movement of people, goods, capital, services, information and ideas, both among Balkan countries and vis-à-vis the EU, stifles development, creates frustration, slows regional reconciliation and cooperation, and isolates the region from Europe and its values. This calls for original and important journalistic research into the impact of such obstacles on political, economic or social issues.

Ten fellows will be chosen on the basis of research proposals, which should include plans for cross-border research within the Balkan region and European Union member states, drawing on examples of cooperation or lack thereof, making comparisons and highlighting know-how.

They will participate in the fellowship programme, which features an introductory seminar in Vienna, supervision and mentoring from local editors, individual research trips to another country of the region and the EU, and a concluding seminar and award ceremony in Berlin.

Successful applicants will receive a fellowship of 2000 Euros and a travel allowance of up to 2000 Euros, while the programme’s selection committee, composed of local and European journalists and experts, will award one fellow with an individually-tailored opportunity for further professional development, to the value of 8000 euros.

Fellowship reports will be published at the end of the year, and
disseminated widely in all local languages, English and German.

Application
Applications must be received no later than 27 April 2007.
Application forms and guidelines are available at
fellowship.birn.eu.com.


Robert Bosch Stiftung
Established in 1964, the Robert Bosch Stiftung GmbH is one of the major German foundations associated with a private company. It represents the philanthropic and social endeavours of founder Robert Bosch (1861–1942) and fulfils his legacy in a contemporary manner. The Robert Bosch Stiftung works predominantly in the fields of International Relations, Health and Education.
www.bosch-stiftung.de

ERSTE Foundation
ERSTE Foundation is the direct successor to the savings association bank "Erste Oesterreichische Spar-Casse", founded in Vienna in 1819. Drawing from the tradition of savings banks founded as enterprises for the common good, ERSTE Foundation began its activities in 2005. As the main shareholder of Erste Bank, ERSTE Foundation is one of the largest foundations in Europe. It is active in the entire Central and South Eastern European region, focusing its work on three programmes - Social Responsibility, Culture and Europe.
www.erstestiftung.org

Balkan Investigative Reporting Network
BIRN is a network of non-governmental organisations working with Balkan journalists to produce stimulating reporting on European-oriented reform. Its member organisations throughout the region run a range of training and public debate projects to enhance the capacity and impact of analytical and investigative journalism. Together, they produce Balkan Insight, the leading publication covering the region’s path to Europe.
www.birn.eu.com

For more information contact:
Anna McTaggart
Fellowship Programme Manager
BIRN
ul. Gospodar Jovanova 81
11000 Belgrade, Serbia
Tel.: +381 (0)11/328-7080
Fax: +381 (0)11/2622-328
fellowship@birn.eu.com
fellowship.birn.eu.com

 

Fellowship Advertisement:

The Robert Bosch Stiftung and ERSTE Foundation announce the launch of a new fellowship programme for young journalists in the Balkans, to be run in cooperation with the Balkan Investigative Reporting Network, BIRN.

Journalists under the age of 35 from Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, Romania or Serbia, are encouraged to submit research proposals on 2007’s theme - MOBILITY.

Ten journalists will be selected to receive funding and professional support to conduct research at home and abroad over a period of seven months, culminating in publication of their reports at the end of the year.

This programme aims to foster quality reporting, regional networking among journalists and balanced coverage on topics that are central to the region as well as to the European Union.

Successful applicants will receive a fellowship of 2000 Euros and a travel allowance of up to 2000 Euros.

A selection committee comprised of prominent journalists and topical experts will award one fellow with an individually-tailored opportunity for further professional development, to the value of 8000 euros.

To Apply
Applications must be received no later than 27 April 2007. Application forms and guidelines are available at fellowship.birn.eu.com. 

For more information contact:
Anna McTaggart
Fellowship Programme Manager
BIRN
ul. Gospodar Jovanova 81
11000 Belgrade, Serbia
Tel.: +381 (0)11/328-7080
Fax: +381 (0)11/2622-328
fellowship@birn.eu.com


 

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U završnom dokumentu, koji uz ostalo sadržava i ocjenu stanja i medijskih sloboda u Hrvatskoj, pozdravljen je napredak na polju slobode medija u Hrvatskoj, ali i upozoreno na povremena kršenje socijalnih, profesionalnih i moralnih prava novinara i medija.

Takoðer je data potpora Sindikatu novinara Hrvatske (SNH) u pregovorima s poslodavcem kako bi se do kraja godine uspio dogovoriti i potpisati nacionalni kolektivni ugovor za novinare. Od stranih vlasnika medija traži se da u Hrvatskoj poštuju ona prava i obveze te kriterije koje poštuju i u svojim matiènim zemljama.

 EFJ je podupro Hrvatsko novinarsko društvo (HND) u zahtjevu da se lokalni i regionalni mediji i novinari oslobode politièkog pritiska te da se objave podaci o novcu koji državna poduzeæa troše na reklamiranje u lokalnim medijima.

 EFJ je podupro i zahtjeve HND-a i Sindikata da Vlada pomogne oèuvati dnevni list "Vjesnik" kao neovisno javno glasilo, te da se "konzekventno razriješi sluèaj" nacionalne novinske agencije Hine.

 Osim predsjednika, na skupštini je izabran i osmoèlani Glavni odbor i èetiri èlana predstavnika regija, koji se pozivaju kada Odbor raspravlja o pojedinim regijama. Za podruèje jugoistoène Europe izabran je predsjednik HND-a Dragutin Luèiæ, koji je jedini èlan u nekom tijelu EFJ iz države koja nije èlanica u EU.

 Tijekom trodnevnog skupa pod nazivom "Promicanje temeljnih radnih prava za sve novinare: izazovi digitalne ere" bilo je rijeèi o stanjima medija u pojedinim zemljama, radnim pravima, slobodnim novinama, autorskim pravima novinara, pravima elektronièkih novinara, a donijete su i smjernice rada EFJ-a za razdoblje do 2010. godine.

(Hina)

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Europska novinarska federacija (EFJ), regionalna organizacija Meðunarodne novinarske federacije (IFJ), održala je u Zagrebu od 23. – 25. ožujka svoju Generalnu skupštinu.

 

Delegati su razgovarali o buduænosti novinarstva, o pitanjima kvalitete i potrebi za socijalnim dijalogom, te usvojili program za sljedeæi tri godine i izabrali novi Upravni odbor.

 

Na posebnoj sjednici raspravljalo se i o medijskoj industriji u Hrvatskoj. Premda je uoèljiv napredak u pitanjima novinarskih sloboda u Hrvatskoj, delegati iz 28 zemalja izrazili su zabrinutost u vezi s nekolicinom kršenja socijalnih, profesionalnih i etièkih prava novinara i medijskih tvrtki.

 

EFJ podupire SNH u pregovorima s poslodavcima i traži da se do kraja godine potpiše nacionalni kolektivni ugovor, osobito, aneks ugovora, koji se odnosi na zaposlene u lokalnim i regionalnim medijima. Od stranih vlasnika medija traži se da u Hrvatskoj poštuju ona prava i obveze, odnosno, kriterije koje poštuju u svojim matiènim zemljama.

 

EFJ podupire HND i SNH u zahtjevu da se:

 

·                          lokalni i regionalni mediji i novinari oslobode politièkog  pritiska lokalnih i regionalnih vlasti

·                          javno objave podaci o kolièini novca koji državna poduzeæa troše na reklamiranje u lokalnim i regionalnim medijima

·                          Vlada pomogne oèuvanju dnevnika "Vjesnik" kao neovisnog javnog glasila

·                          do kraja konzekventno razriješi sluèaj nacionalne novinske agencije (Hina), jer bi upravo taj sluèaj mogao otežati pregovore Hrvatske kao zemlje kandidata za punopravno èlanstvo u EU.  

 

Ponovo izabrani predsjednik EFJ-a Arne Koenig kaže: „Snažno podržavamo inicijativu naših èlanica HND i SNH, kao i UNI i ostalih civilnih organizacija da do kraja godine osnuju Vijeæe za medije. To bi Vijeæe trebalo biti izuzetno važan instrument samoregulacije u medijskoj industriji i u europskim je zemljama veæ uobièajena praksa.“

 

Zagreb, 25. ožujka 2007.

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The European Federation of Journalists (EFJ), the regional organisation of the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ), met in Zagreb, Croatia, for its general meeting on 23-25 March 2007.

 

Delegates discussed the future of journalism, quality issues and the need for social dialogue with employers, adopted a working program for the next three years and elected a new steering committee.

 

The meeting included a special session to discuss the media industry in Croatia. While there has been an improvement, in general, in press freedom in Croatia, delegates from 28 European countries said they were concerned about several violations of social, professional and ethical rights of journalists and media companies.

 

The EFJ strongly supports the Trade Union of Croatian Journalists (TUCJ) in its efforts to negotiate a national collective agreement to be signed by the end of this year. In particular, the EFJ supports TUCJ's efforts to protect core labor standards and professional rights of journalists in local and regional media as well as permanent freelance collaborators (economically dependent workers) by this agreement.  The EFJ urges foreign media owners to give employees in Croatia the same rights and benefits as employees in the media company’s home country.

 

The EFJ further supports the Croatian Journalists’ Association (CJA) and the TUCJ’s demands for:

·              local and regional media to be free from political pressure from local authorities;

·              complete financial transparency on state companies’ expenditures for advertisements in local and regional media;

·              the Croatian government to save the Vjesnik daily newspaper;

·              clarity regarding the national news agency Hina, as the European Union’s institutions pointed out the political interference taking place within the agency and which affects the accession negotiations between Croatia and the EU.

 

Newly re-elected EFJ chair Arne König said: “We strongly support the initiative of both of our affiliates, the TUCJ and CJA, as well as the Association of Media employers (UNI) and other civil society associations to establish a Press Council by the end of this year. This is an extremely important instrument for self-regulation in the media industry and common practice in most European countries.”

 

Zagreb, 25 March 2007

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Moj grijeh je što sam potpisao protest ogranka HND-a Veèernjeg lista protiv ureðivaèkog postupka Novinara i odnosa vodstva HND-a prema ogranku, a HND-ov portal objavljuje Èernjulovo "reagiranje" u kojem on, meðu ostalim, piše da sam urednik crne kronike i da imam suprugu novinarku!? Strašno važno za ovu temu! U pravu je Èernjul kad kaže da sam sudjelovao u donošenju nekih odluka koje koriste "povlašteni poput mene". I sam Èernjul je bio jedan od povlaštenijih zaposlenika Veèernjeg lista koji su se koristili spektrom prava iz kolektivnog ugovora za koji sam se, zajedno s ekipom kolega, u pregovorima s poslodavcem i ja izborio. Pretpostavljam i zbog tog doprinosa izabran sam prije èetiri godine za predsjednika ogranka HND-a, a lani i za predsjednika Redakcijskog vijeæa. A što se tièe "sluganstva", i drèni Èernjul donedavno je bio "sluga" tog istog poslodavca, a "junaèina" se u njemu probudila tek kad je izišao iz Veèernjaka.

Krajnje je nisko od voditelja portala HND-a što je omoguæio da se pljuvaènica pod egidom "reagiranje" na stranicama HND-a proširi i na treæe osobe iskljuèivo zbog braène veze te osobe s predsjednikom ogranka HND-a Veèernjaka. Iznimno etièki! Lako su bile provjerljive neistine o "protežiranju" Dijane Jurasiæ "kojoj veæ duže vrijeme objavljuje tekstove velièine stranice, stranice i pol, a drugima nije prihvaæao prijedloge da se objavi pola stranice ili èetvrt stranice kad se radilo o vrlo znaèajnim temama!". Dijana Jurasiæ u svakom sluèaju nije novinarka koja prednjaèi po broju objavljenih (velikih) tekstova u crnoj kronici, a i veæina tekstova na prostoru veæem od stranice objavljeni su joj izvan crne kronike. To se lako moglo provjeriti kod nadležnih u Veèernjaku, ili pukim prelistavanjem Veèernjaka. O tome u kojoj je mjeri Dijana Jurasiæ kao novinarka bila protežirana, a i ja kao njezin suprug povlašten, govori i podatak da je stalni posao dobila nakon sedam godina stalne honorarne suradnje.

Poštovani kolega Èernjul, s obzirom na sve ove okolnosti, èini mi se da je najveæa povlastica koju imam kao 10-godišnji urednik crne kronike Veèernjaka, u kojem razdoblju je rubrika dvaput nagraðivana od HND-a kao najbolje ureðena, to što sam  veæ dulji niz godina bio lišen svakodnevne suradnje s Vama.

 

Marinko Jurasiæ

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ZAGREB - Stanje medija, kvaliteta novinarstva te odnos izmeðu novinara i poslodavca kljuène su teme o kojima æe se raspravljati na trodnevnom skupu, odnosno Godišnjoj skupštini Europske novinarske federacije koja je u petak poèela u Zagrebu u Novinarskom domu.
Uz moderatora Dragutina Luèiæa, predsjednika Hrvatskog novinarskog društva, èelnica Sindikata novinara Hrvatske Katja Kušec napomenula je da æe rad Skupštine Europske novinarske federacije rezultirati usvajanjem deklaracije koja æe ukazati na kljuène probleme u hrvatskom medijskom prostoru.
»Iako smo zadovoljni iskorakom u ostvarivanju medijskih sloboda i prava, moram reæi da se, iako je 70 posto medijskog prostora u Hrvatskoj pokriveno kolektivnim ugovorima, donose pravilnici o radu koji su znatno nepovoljniji«, rekla je Katja Kušec i dodala da smo u Hrvatskoj svjedoci »deficita u demokraciji u medijskom prostoru« te kako takve ocjene dolaze i iz politièkih krugova.
Predsjednik Europske novinarske federacije Andre König podsjetio je kako, »svaki put kad se novinari sastaju da bi govorili o kršenju novinarskih prava, u stvari govorimo o demokraciji«. Novinari su kljuène osobe koje mogu poticati demokratske vrijednosti.
Zagrebaèki gradonaèelnik Milan Bandiæ ocijenio je da su mediji u Hrvatskoj u snažnom zamahu te poruèio da bez medijskih sloboda nema ni drugih sloboda ni razvoja civilnog društva.
Meðu okupljenim sudionicima na skupu u Zagrebu našli su se i predstavnici sindikata novinara iz drugih država, a svima im je zajednièko razmotriti slobodu novinarske profesije i kršenje radnièkih prava u toj branši. [M. Rožankoviæ]

 

 

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Skupština, koja se pod radnim nazivom "Promicanje temeljnih radnih prava za sve novinare: izazovi digitalne ere" održava do nedjelje u Novinarskom domu u Zagrebu, okupit æe oko 70 izaslanika koji æe birati novo vodstvo. Oèekuje se da æe završni dokument sadržavati i ocjenu o stanju novinarskih i medijskih sloboda u Hrvatskoj. Predsjednik HND-a Dragutin Luèiæ rekao je u èetvrtak na konferenciji za novinare da je EFJ zadovoljan nepretkom slobode medija u Hrvatskoj, ali uz primjedbe na izbor regulatornih tijela Vijeæa za elektronièke medije i Hine te status lokalnih medija. (Hina)

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Friday, 23 March 

 

14.00 Registration

 

14.30 Start of the Meeting

Welcome and Introduction:

Milan Bandiæ, Zagreb Mayor

Ivo Sanader, Croatian Prime Minister

Stjepan Mesiæ, Croatian President

Arne König, Chair, European Federation of Journalists
Dragutin Lucic Luce, President, Croatian Association of Journalists

         Katja Kusec, President, Trade Union of Croatian Journalists

 

15.30 Coffe Break/15 minutes

 

15.45 Special Session I. Building Quality in the New Journalism

                 Patrick Kamenka, SNJ-CGT, France

                 Jeremy Dear, General Secretary, NUJ

 

Moderator: Aidan White, EFJ General Secretary

 

16.30 Coffee Break

 

17.00 Special Session II. The Future of Employment Relationship in Media in Europe: The added-value of being a union member

                 Marijan Beljan, Representative of UNIHUB, Croatian Media Employer

                 Mogens Blicher Bjerregard, President, Danish Union of Journalists

 

Moderator: Ann-Magrit Austenå, EFJ Steering Committee

 

18.30 End of Day


20.00 Dinner/Dverce

 

Saturday, 24 March 

 

9.30 Start of EFJ General Meeting

 

1.          Adoption of working rules

 

2.          Election of Presidium

 

3.          Approval of Agenda

 

4.          Voting Rights and Decision of Membership

           Nomination of Election Committee

           Election of Tellers

 

5.          Minutes of the GM, Thessaloniki, 2004

 

6.          Minutes of the AM, Bled, 2006

 

7.          Reports

           a) Steering Committee Report

           Discussion

 

11.00 -11.30 Coffee Break

 

           b) Expert Group Reports

           Labour Rights Expert Group (LAREG)

           Authors’ Rights expert Group (AREG)

           Freelance Expert Group (FREG)

           Broadcasting Expert Group (BREG)

 

           Discussion and Adoption of Reports

 

12.30 – 14.00 Lunch

 

8. Financial Report

           a) Honorary Treasurer Report 2007

           b) EFJ Accounts for 2006 and Indicative Forecasts for 2007-2010

           c) Finance Commission Report

           d) Budget 2007-2010

 

15.30-16.00 Coffee Break

 

9. EFJ Working Program Priorities 2007-2010

 

10. Presentation of Candidates for the Steering Committee

 

18.00 End of Day

 

20.00 Dinner/Okrugljak

 

Sunday 25 March

 

9.30 Start of the Meeting

 

11. Election

           Steering Committee (incl. chair)

           Finance Commission

 

12. Motions

           a) Motions on Rules       

           b) Motions on EFJ activities

 

11.30 Coffee Break

 

Continuation of Motion

 

13. IFJ Congress

 

14. Other

      

14.30 Lunch/Press Club

 

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PREAMBULE

 

La Fédération européenne des journalistes (FEJ) est une organisation régionale de la Fédération internationale des journalistes (FIJ). Elle a été créée dans le cadre des statuts de la FIJ et elle  représente les intérêts des syndicats de journalistes et de leurs adhérents dans le cadre politique et syndical de l'Europe, plus particulièrement de l'Union européenne et du Conseil de l'Europe.

 

La Fédération européenne des journalistes travaillera dans toute l'Europe pour appuyer les questions liées aux fonctions syndicales et à l'exercice du journalisme professionnel, et pour protéger et défendre la liberté d'expression et d'information ainsi que les droits humains des journalistes tels qu'établis à l'article 10 (1) de la Convention européenne des droits de l'homme.

 

La Fédération européenne des journalistes est un organe autonome au sens des statuts de la Confédération européenne des Syndicats (CES). En tant que membre de la CES, la Fédération européenne des journalistes est officiellement accréditée auprès de l'Union européenne.

 

1. BUTS ET OBJECTIFS

 

1.1       La Fédération européenne des journalistes coordonnera les activités des syndicats membres de la FIJ en Europe. Elle assurera le développement et la promotion des intérêts communs dans les domaines de la politique sociale, économique, culturelle et des médias, et elle veillera à ce que les buts et les objectifs contenus dans les statuts de la FIJ soient défendus au sein de l'Union européenne et des autres institutions européennes.

 

1.2   La Fédération européenne des journalistes collaborera étroitement avec la CES et d'autres syndicats représentant des groupes de travailleurs dans les médias et participera à l'élaboration de principes et de lignes directrices relatives à une politique syndicale commune dans le domaine des médias et de l'information.

 

1.3   La Fédération européenne des journalistes cherchera également, avec le Conseil de l'Europe, l'Union européenne et le Comité pour la sécurité et la coopération en Europe, un large soutien syndical pour une politique syndicale de développement des médias.

 

1.4   La Fédération européenne des journalistes favorisera la compréhension et la solidarité entre syndicats européens affiliés à la Fédération internationale des journalistes.

 

2. COMPOSITION

 

Les membres de la Fédération internationale des journalistes en Europe auront le droit de faire partie de la Fédération européenne des journalistes.

 

3. TACHES

 

3.1   La Fédération européenne des journalistes élaborera, sous sa propre responsabilité, un programme de travail qui sera conforme aux politiques et aux principes établis par la FIJ. Conformément au programme de travail adopté par l’AG, le comité directeur déterminera les priorités dans le travail de représentation et de promotion des intérêts des journalistes et de leurs syndicats en Europe.

 

3.2   La Fédération européenne des journalistes devra rendre des comptes au Comité exécutif de la FIJ.

 

4. ASSEMBLEE GENERALE

 

10.1L'Assemblée générale (AG) se réunira normalement chaque troisième année et préalablement au Congrès de la FIJ. Elle sera composée d'un délégué de chaque syndicat membre[1] ainsi que des membres du Comité directeur. Le/la Président(e) de la FIJ et les membres du Comité exécutif élus pour l’Europe peuvent y participer mais sans droit de vote. Tous les syndicats membres ont le droit d'envoyer des observateurs. On pourra inviter des observateurs de la CES et d'autres organisations.

 

Le comité directeur peut organiser un AG extraordinaire à tout moment si trois quarts des membres votent en ce sens. Le comité directeur organisera une AG extraordinaire si la moitié des syndicats membres en font la demande par écrit.

 

Le système de vote à l'AG sera identique à celui pratiqué au Congrès de la FIJ. Après inscription à l'AG, il ne pourra être procédé à un transfert des votes. Les syndicats membres qui n'ont pas payé leurs cotisations conformément aux dispositions n'ont pas le droit de vote et ne pourront pas présenter de candidature au Comité directeur.

 

4.2   Les langues de travail de l'AG seront l'anglais, le français et l'allemand.

 

4.3   Le Comité directeur prépare l'ordre du jour de l'AG et décide des droits de vote. qui sera conforme. L’invitation et le projet d’ordre du jour doivent être envoyés aux syndicats membres au moins deux mois avant l'AG.

 

4.4   L’AG dispose de ses propres règles de travail. Un rapport sur les décisions de l'AG sera rédigé immédiatement et envoyé aux syndicats membres. Le Comité directeur confirmera le procès-verbal. Il sera archivé au secrétariat.

 

4.5   L'AG a pour tâche:

 

a)      d’élire 

-          un Présidium pour présider l’AG ;

-          une commission des motions chargée de prendre en considération les motions et les motions urgentes ;

-          une commission électorale.

    

     Leurs membres ne seront ni membres du

     comité directeur ni candidats pour le prochain

     comité directeur.

 

       b) de confirmer l'ordre du jour, les modifications des règles de travail proposées par le Comité directeur et les droits de vote des syndicats;

c)      d'approuver le procès-verbal de l'assemblée générale (AG) ou de l'assemblée annuelle  (AA) précédente;

d)      de décider de l'affiliation des syndicats qui ne respectent pas les obligations financières de la FEJ;

e)      d'approuver le rapport du Comité directeur, qui sera présenté par son président;

f)       d'examiner les rapports des Groupes d’experts

g)      d'approuver un rapport d'audit sur l'état des finances, présenté par le trésorier honoraire et d’examiner un rapport de la Commission des finances ;

h)      de prendre en considération un rapport portant sur les activités du Département Projets de la FIJ ;

i)        d'adopter un plan budgétaire pour les années suivantes;

j)        de décider des motions pour les activités de la Fédération européenne des journalistes. Les syndicats membres jouissant d'un droit de vote ainsi que le Comité directeur sont habilités à proposer des motions. Les motions des syndicats membres doivent être soumises au Comité directeur au moins un mois avant l'AG et doivent être envoyées au syndicats membres au moins deux semaines avant l'AG;

k)      de statuer sur les motions relatives aux changements des règles de la Fédération européenne des journalistes. Ces motions doivent être soumises au Comité directeur au moins deux mois avant l'AG et envoyées aux syndicats membres au moins un mois avant l'AG. Les nouvelles règles entrent en vigueur à partir de l'AG suivante;

l)        de décider de l'admission de motions urgentes. Les motions urgentes peuvent être présentées jusqu’à l’ouverture de la réunion;

m)    d'adopter le programme de travail de la FEJ et de décider de la création de groupes d'experts;

n)      de fixer le montant des cotisations pour la FEJ;

o)      d'élire la commission électorale ;

p)      d’élire le président ou la présidente du Comité directeur ;

q)      d’élire les autres membres du Comité directeur;

r)       d'élire les candidats de réserve pour le Comité directeur ;

s)       d’élire les membres de la Commission des finances.

 

4.6 Les syndicats membres qui voudraient être les hôtes d’une Assemblée générale ou d’une Assemblée annuelle doivent soumettre leur proposition comprenant des renseignements sur les transports, l’infrastructure, les coûts, les conditions et les sponsors au Comité directeur 15 mois avant la réunion.

 

5. ASSEMBLÉE ANNUELLE

 

Entre les Assemblées Générales se déroulera une Assemblée Annuelle (AA), qui sera centrée sur un thème figurant parmi les priorités dans les activités de la FEJ.

 

En collaboration avec le ou la Responsable des Affaires européennes, le Comité directeur se charge des préparatifs de l'AA. L'invitation et le projet d'ordre du jour seront envoyés aux syndicats affiliés deux mois au moins avant la tenue de l'AA.

 

L'AA peut statuer sur des motions relatives à des matières et à des évolutions qui concernent véritablement les intérêts des journalistes et des syndicats de journalistes en Europe. Les syndicats affiliés disposant d'un droit de vote, ainsi que le Comité directeur, sont habilités à présenter des motions. Les motions émanant de syndicats affiliés doivent être soumises au Comité directeur un mois au moins avant l'AA, et seront adressées aux syndicats affiliés deux semaines au moins avant la tenue de l'AA. Le système de vote sera le même qui celui de l'Assemblée Générale de la FEJ). L’AA prend le rapport de la Commission des finances en considération.

 

6. LE COMITÉ DIRECTEUR

 

6.1 Le Comité directeur est l'organe de travail responsable de la coordination et de la supervision des activités de la Fédération européenne. Il proposera à l'AG un programme de travail et sera responsable de l’exécution des décisions prises par l'AG et l'AA. La coordination inclut la travail du Département Projets de la FIJ, lorsque l’Europe est concernée.

 

6.2 Le Comité directeur est composé de neuf membres et est élu pour un mandat de trois ans. Ils peuvent être réélus au Comité directeur pour deux périodes supplémentaires au maximum Ils seront élus par l'AG. Les vacances de postes au Comité directeur seront comblées par les candidats de réserve, par ordre du nombre de votes reçus lors de la dernière AG. Si un membre du Comité directeur est absent lors de plus de la moitié des réunions organisées pendant une année sans motif valable, il/elle sera remplacé(e) par un candidat de réserve.

 

6.3 Les syndicats membres ont le droit de proposer des délégués pour la liste des candidats. Aucun syndicat ne peut avoir plus d’un représentant national au sein du Comité directeur. La liste des candidatures sera clôturée un mois avant l'AG et sera diffusée parmi les syndicats membres trois semaines avant l'AG. A l'ouverture de l'AG, cette liste pourra être rouverte à la demande des syndicats membres, qui sera soumise à un vote à la majorité. Tous les candidats doivent avoir un mandat écrit du syndicat qu’ils représentent stipulant qu’il prendra en charge toutes les dépenses liées à la fonction.

 

6.4   Les membres du Comité directeur et les candidats de réserve sont élus au scrutin secret. Ces élections seront présidées par une Commission électorale instituée au cours de l'AG. Elle se composera de trois délégués qui ne font pas partie du Comité directeur et qui ne sont pas candidats à une élection.

 

10.1Le Comité directeur élit  un(e) vice-président(e) et un/une trésorier(re) honoraire parmi ses membres.

 

10.2Le Secrétaire général de la FIJ remplira la fonction de Secrétaire général de la FEJ.

 

10.3Le Secrétaire général de la FIJ, le Président de la FIJ et les membres européens du Comité exécutif de la FIJ auront le droit de participer aux réunions du Comité directeur, mais n'auront pas le droit de vote.

 

6.8   La langue de travail du Comité directeur sera l'anglais.

 

7.  COMMISSION DES FINANCES

7.1 L’objectif de la Commission des finances est d’examiner les comptes de la FEJ. La Commission des finances doit rendre compte auprès des Assemblées générales et fournir des rapports statutaires aux Assemblées annuelles.

7.2 La Commission des finances est composée de trois vérificateurs aux comptes profanes. Aucun d’entre eux ne peut appartenir à un autre corps élu de la FEJ.

 

8. SECRÉTARIAT

 

8.1   La Fédération européenne des journalistes disposera d'un(e) Responsable des Affaires européennes faisant partie du personnel de la FIJ. Sa tâche consistera à réaliser le travail de la Fédération européenne selon les directives données par le Comité directeur. Il/elle est engagé(e) avec l’accord du Comité directeur et sera responsable devant celui-ci.

 

8.2   Il/elle participe aux réunions du Comité directeur , aux AG et aux AA sans droit de vote.

 

9. GROUPES D'EXPERTS

 

Les groupes d'experts de la FEJ sont placés sous la responsabilité du Comité directeur. Ils rendent compte de leur activité au Comité directeur et au Comité exécutif de la FIJ.

 

9.1 Les Groupes d’experts de la FEJ sont des groupes de travail dépendant du Comité directeur. Le Comité directeur nomme les membres de ces groupes et décide des objectifs qu’ils doivent poursuivre. Les Groupes d’experts sont ouverts aux experts non-européens ».

9.2 Les membres doivent être des experts proposés par des syndicats membres qui s’engagent à payer les dépenses liées à la fonction.

9.3 Les Groupes d’experts doivent remettre un rapport présentant les tâches effectuées au Comité directeur au moins deux fois par an. Ils doivent également rendre compte à l’Assemblée générale.  De plus, les Groupes d’experts sont chargés – en coopération avec le Responsable des affaires européennes – de rendre toutes les

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The enclosed accounts show the situation for 2006 and also provide an indicative forecast for revenue and expenditure from 2007-2009.

 

The European Federation of Journalists accounts are formally audited and presented to the Belgian fiscal authorities in March at the same time as the auditing of the IFJ accounts. These figures are not final, but do provide a generally accurate record of the current situation.

 

The overall assessment of the Treasurer is that by the end of 2009, the European Federation of Journalists will find itself in difficulties. The accounts show that the total costs of staff costs and administration (143.180 Euro in 2006) was slightly more than affiliations fees received (142.840 Euro in 2006). Revenue was sustained by additional income from project activities, the IFJ contribution and union sources (72.360 Euro in 2006).

 

This additional revenue stream will diminish slightly in the coming three years, while costs will rise, if only to cover inflationary trends.

 

While the situation remains under control, the longer term perspective for development of European Federation of Journalists resources, particularly for the activities and Working Programme will depend upon

 

a)      efficiency in collecting fees due and a reduction of the exonerations and bad debts;

 

b)      increasing income from donor resources, including diversifying such sources of income beyond reliance upon the institutions of the European Union;

 

c)      developing a clearer and more appropriate balance in the use of resources with the IFJ.

 

 

Aidan White

General Secretary

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Introduction

 

The following outline reflects the activities of the EFJ Steering Committee, the expert groups and the EFJ secretariat during the last General Meeting period, however with a main focus on the last year. At each Annual Meeting a yearly activity report has been presented to the delegates.

 

The Steering Committee faced a large work-load with many challenges on both social and professional issues. There has been an increased dialogue with Commission officials on quality and press freedom related issues; the Cartoons Crisis in 2006 had a great impact on journalism and intercultural dialogue, protection of sources have been under attack in many European countries. The revision of the Television without Directive has been a priority for the Steering Committee and its Broadcasting Expert Group. But above all, journalists and their unions have faced an unprecedented attack on long established social and trade union rights. Authors’ rights and freelance rights have been at the centre of this debate. In particular young people and newcomers to the profession have become victims. The EFJ has adopted a freelance charter with a set of minimum rights to be acknowledged by the industry.

 

At the same time the European Union agenda puts an emphasis on a “flexible” workforce.  This view was reinforced in the autumn of 2006 with the release of a European Commission Green Paper on labour law, a document that embraces the “flexible labour” philosophy in full and reveals how the European Union has become detached from its original attachment to decent work based upon sound and secure employment rights. Now there is apparent acceptance of fragmentation of the labour force, of shifting responsibility for social and welfare provision from the employer to the employee, and encouragement for the emergence of an out-sourced job market.  The Steering Committee at its Helsinki meeting in October had a major debate with the Finnish Presidency on the issue.

 

The Green Paper, which reveals how power in the workplace is now heavily tilted in favour of employers, reads like a funeral oration for the European social model, but it does open the door to a public debate about employment policy. The Steering Committee has considered this debate as a major priority for the up-coming period.

 

The EFJ carried out several seminars on trade union issues, all of which had support from the European Commission. (Tallinn, Bratislava, Lisbon, Cyprus, Vilnius; see below) and were very useful occasions for policy discussions, creation of networks and practical exchange of good practice.

 

Secretariat

There have been some changes in the EFJ Secretariat. After her maternity leave in 2005, Renate Schroeder has slightly further reduced her working hours from 80% to 75% and started to share the position of European Director with Marc Gruber now working 75% for the EFJ as well. Pamela Moriniere has been working for the EFJ on Authors’ Rights and gender issues and is replaced by Céline Simonin, EFJ Authors’ Rights Assistant, while for a year on training leave in Australia. Bernard Vanmuysewinkel, Administrative Officer, continues to work 50% for the EFJ. Aidan White is General Secretary of the IFJ and EFJ. The EFJ office is part of the IFJ Headquarters in Brussels.

 

The EFJ mourned its former EFJ Chair Gustl Glattfelder who passed away in May 2005. His family relayed Gustl’s express wishes, in keeping with his commitment to solidarity and internationalism, to donate any practical expressions of sympathy to the IFJ International Safety Fund.

 

Labour Rights

A major event in 2006 was the conference ‘Strengthening Journalists’ Unions and Social Dialogue. Let’s Organise’ organised in Vilnius on December 1-2, 2006.

Best practice in national recruitment campaigns and in negotiation strategies, gender and freelance mainstreaming as well as the European Commission Green Paper on Labour Law were the main themes discussed

 

At the outset an EFJ survey on recruitment and bargaining based on 22 responses by EFJ member unions was presented to give an overview about union membership criteria, membership profiles, recruitment campaigns and collective agreements. A debate followed on the question whether journalists working as spokespersons and in public relations are eligible for union membership. National member unions have different approaches on this issue. Further, the use of local agreements as a supplement to national agreements was discussed, and the need to find new strategies, when negotiations are blocked. Examples from the UK and from Finland regarding recruitment gave new impetus and ideas regarding organising membership to young journalists, freelances and other related categories.

A so-called Vilnius package is being prepared summarizing the main results and giving practical guidelines to unions on all these issues.

 

European Works Councils: The EFJ has organised a seminar on European Works Councils in the Media to take place in Sofia on 20-21 April. The seminar, which is supported by the EU and had been prepared by the EFJ secretariat in cooperation with members of the Labour Rights Expert Groups, a representative from UNI Graphical and national experts on EWCs will be an occasion to do an up-date and an evaluation on existing EWC and an EFJ strategy how to proceed in this difficult but important area (See chair’s Labour Right Expert Group report).

 

Collective Bargaining: Collective bargaining was under attack in the past years, even in countries with a long established tradition of collective agreements such as Italy. The EFJ, through its Labour Rights Expert Group, organised meetings and press conferences on specific cases such as Switzerland in 2005 and Italy in 2006. A meeting in coordination of unions’ activities for the defence of existing collective agreements took place in Berlin in November 2005 at the occasion of the meeting of the EFJ Steering Committee (See also chair’s Labour Rights Expert Group report).

 

Social Dialogue: In the audiovisual sector, employers’ organisations including the European Broadcasting Union (EBU), the Commercial Television Association (ACT), Independent Producers’ Association agreed with the unions representing the Audiovisual sector, UNI-MEI, EFJ, International Musicians’ Federation (FIM) and the International Actors Federation (FIA) to officially start social dialogue at European level. The Social Partners agreed at informal level to discuss health and safety; equal opportunities, enlargement issues and training.

The EFJ welcomed a joint declaration adopted at a conference in Warsaw on 5-7 May 2005 by both sides of the audiovisual industry in Europe, which reaffirms that social dialogue “is important in all matters related to workforce” and that both parties are “committed to growth ensuring vitality and quality of the sector”. It also reminds the freedom of association and negotiation as ratified under ILO Conventions and it calls on EU countries to support social dialogue.

Within the framework of the Social Dialogue an informal meeting of the Social Partners on the Green Paper on Labour Law took place with a frank discussion whether to extend workers’ rights to freelances and/or to economically dependent workers.

http://www.ifj-europe.org/default.asp?Index=3906&Language=EN

Freelance Rights

The Freelance Expert Group drafted a freelance charter, which was adopted at the last Annual Meeting in 2006. This charter provides a tool for lobbying at national and European level. It has been designed and printed in form of a postcard to be launched at this year’s General Meeting and at the IFJ Congress.

http://www.ifj.org/default.asp?Index=3844&Language=EN)

 

The FREG in cooperation with labour law officers had a meeting focusing on the EFJ response to the EC Green Paper on Labour Law, in which it proposed a ‘floor of rights’ for all workers independent of their form of contract. It has contributed to the EFJ submission to the Green Paper.

 

The FREG drafted a freelance strategy including best practice regarding organising freelances within journalists unions and special services for them for member unions, which was circulated to member unions in November 2006.

 

The FREG also created some stronger links with freelance representatives from the Balkan region. It participated in a seminar in Belgrade and invited the Freelance coordinator of the Balkan region. The discussion also covered new rules by Croatian media employers, including those owned by the German WAZ and the Austrian Styria Media Group, where staff journalists are moved to temporary agencies in order to circumvent the established collective agreements. Unfortunately journalists sign the contracts out of fear that they will be dismissed if they refuse.

 

The FREG noted the IFJ report on the “Changing Nature of Work: A Global Survey” drafted by the media, Entertainment and Arts Alliance, the IFJ Australian member union, as a useful reference and lobbying material.

 

The Vilnius seminar was prepared in coordination with members of the FREG and the chair Heikki Jokinen outlined examples of how to organise freelances in new media or such areas outside of classical journalism. The debate at the meeting focused very much on the need to better connect between staff and freelances, share more information including salaries and remuneration, and organise common solidarity events. (See chairs’ report of the Freelance Expert Group).

 

Authors’ Rights

The EFJ with the support of the Authors’ Rights Expert Group and the Authors’ Rights Officer has closely followed European policy regarding authors’ rights. Both the phasing out of levies and the introduction of the work-for-hire rule have been avoided. During recent meetings with EC officials the EFJ was able to explain its views on journalists’ authors’ rights and AREG has been invited to come forward with suggestions and to be part of a sustained dialogue with other stakeholders. The EFJ also closely followed national legislations (providing support to national unions when required) and negotiations at WIPO. A key instrument for these various lobbying actions is the pamphlet ‘Authors Rights – Copyright in a Democratic Society’, which has been made available in four languages so far.

 

Cooperation has been enhanced between the EFJ and IFRRO (the chair of AREG, Anne Louise Schelin, was re-elected to the IFRRO board for representing Creators’ Associate Members), as well as with other Creators organizations (the Brussels Resolution, a joint statement on the European agenda, was adopted in September 2006; the EFJ joined the Culture First! Coalition, which successfully lobbied against the phasing out of levies).

 

In 2006 the EFJ with the support of the AREG supported a German media boycott of Robbie Williams’ concerts after the singer banned some photographers from his shows and issued restrictions denying other photographers rights over their work. (See report by the chair of the AREG).

 

Media Policy and Democracy

Protection of Sources

In this General Meeting period there have been major setbacks on freedom of information and protection of sources. During 2006 the European Federation of Journalists complained to the European Commission and the European Parliament about several illegal tappings of journalists’ phones in the Netherlands and elsewhere, about the placing of spies in the newsrooms of German media and about the prosecution of journalists in Denmark and in the Netherlands because they wrote stories that were in the public interest, but that embarrassed the governments.

Denmark: http://www.ifj-europe.org/default.asp?Index=4430&Language=EN

The Netherlands: http://www.ifj-europe.org/default.asp?Index=4426&Language=EN

http://www.ifj-europe.org/default.asp?Index=4419&Language=EN

 

The EFJ sent a letter to the European Union demanding an investigation to find out if there is systematic spying on journalists by security officials across the European Union. In a response to this letter Commissioner Franco Frattini, Vice President of the European Commission and responsible for Justice, Freedom and Security, promised that these cases would be investigated by his services.

 

The EFJ also pressed for action on the case of Hans Martin Tillack, the German journalist who was subject to a police raid in Belgium more than two years ago and had boxes of materials including notebooks and files taken away by police. The case in front of the European Court of First Instance in Luxembourg was lost.

 

Following an EFJ resolution in 2006 on EU Data Retention, which could harm free press, the EFJ warned Justice Commissioner Franco Frattini that the EU's new data retention directive risks helping governments’ snoop on reporters’ contacts in the name of combating terror. The directive, passed in February 2006 with implementation tabled for late 2007, obliges EU governments to store information, who emailed who and who browsed which website for at least six months, on who called who.

 

Commissioner Frattini promised that access to the new data retention tools will be strictly limited to officials such as public prosecutors. EFJ member unions were asked to contact their governments and to lobby for the defence of journalists in the implementation process at national level. This can be made either by making sure that the EU directive will be compatible with existing legislation on protection of sources, or in absence of specific legislation, by asking for exemptions for journalists to the access to electronic data in the name of press and media freedom.

 

In September 2006 the Intergroup for Press, Communication and Freedom of the European Parliament organised a meeting about protection of sources in Europe and some members committed to propose an EP resolution on this issue. Three EFJ representatives participated at this event (Benno Pöppelmann, DJV; Martine Simonis, AGJPB and Aidan White, EFJ/IFJ). A draft text has been submitted to the Head of the Intergroup and the formal proposal should be put forward during this year.

 

At the occasion of World Press Freedom Day on 3 May 2006, the Belgian association, the AGJPB/AJP, the EFJ and the University of Gent organised a day of study on protection of sources in Brussels. It was also the first anniversary of the implementation of the new Belgian law on protection of sources. Speakers were coming from various backgrounds such as lawyers, judges, police, academics and journalists. http://www.agjpb.be/ajp/

 

Alter –EU and Media Coalition: Reaching Out to Civil Society

On January 2006, the European Commission published a Green Paper on proposals for a European Transparency Initiative which is supposed to tackle the current lack of transparency and unaccountable power of lobbyists in Brussels. The EFJ drafted a submission to the consultation on the ETI Green Paper stressing the need for more transparency and regulations regarding reporting on lobbying, distribution of EU funds including the creation of a new independent watchdog agency to manage registration, reporting and sanctioning of lobbyists.

 

As part of a broader lobbying and advocacy strategy, the EFJ has been involved in the Alter-EU campaign (www.alter-eu.org/) for lobbying transparency and ethics in EU decision making. Following the setting-up of disclosure systems for the common agriculture policy funds across Europe, Alter-EU campaigns for disclosure of the pressure groups activities in Brussels.

 

The EFJ is also the leading organisation of the recently created Coalition for Media Freedom and Integrity. This coalition was initiated in mid 2006 in collaboration with civil society groups involved in media policies, such as Article 19, the Media Advocacy Programme of the Open Society Institute, the Human Rights Group of NGOs at the Council of Europe, More Colour in the Media and the European Women’s Lobby. The coalition agreed on a founding Declaration on Media and Democracy in Europe, which is the basis for a broader support for campaigning and advocacy work in Europe. The media coalition is aimed at becoming a joint platform for civil society on media policy and European media “watchdog”.

The Declaration on Media and Democracy is available on the EFJ website:

http://www.ifj-europe.org/default.asp?Index=4694&Language=EN and the online petition can be signed here: http://www.gopetition.com/online/11308.html

 

Broadcasting and Media Concentration

The EFJ Broadcasting Expert Group (BREG) was created in 2005. Most of the members were already involved in the Public Broadcasting for All Campaign of the IFJ. However, BREG dealt not just with public broadcasting institutions but with public service values and quality in general.

The activities have concentrated on lobbying, both at European level (revision of the “television without frontiers” directive, follow-up of social dialogue in the audiovisual sector, meetings with EU Officials) and at national level (BBC White Book and Charter, reforming of RAI, legal and professional developments in other countries such as Slovenia and Spain).

(See report of the chair of the BREG).

 

Relations with the European Institutions

European Parliament: The EFJ is in close contact with the Intergroup for Press, Communication and Freedom of the European Parliament. This Intergroup was founded in 2005 under the initiative of French MEP Jean-Marie Cavada and it currently gathers around 40 MEPs with media professional background. The group normally gathers every other month during the Plenary Session in Strasbourg. It debated on the review of the TWF Directive and the role of the various players of the media industry for the defence of pluralism and quality in the media.

The EFJ met with MEPs in charge of media policies, in particular with Ms. Hieronymi, the main rapporteur for the “TWF” Directive. Meetings and participation to public hearings also took place for the defence of authors’ rights and in the context of the report on the “Rome II” Treaty dealing with non-contractual obligations, which puts at risk journalists’ rights to defend themselves against accusations of defamation.

 

European Commission: The EFJ kept contact with DG Media and Information Society and in particular with the Media Task Force, DG Internal Market regarding authors’ rights, DG Security, Freedom and Justice on media freedom issues, especially following the cartoons crisis as well as the frequent attacks on journalist’ sources. Several meetings were also held with Commissioner Wallström, responsible for the communication policy. The EFJ in cooperation with the Freelance Expert Group had meetings with senior officials preparing the Green paper on labour law. The AREG had a meeting with the Head of the Copyright division of the Internal Market DG in November 2006.

 

Council of Europe: Since the recognition of the EFJ as an observer to Council of Europe Steering Committee on Mass Media (CDMM), the former chair Gustl Glattfelder used to participate on behalf of the EFJ in the meetings of the CDMM, its groups of specialists as well as at the European Audiovisual Observatory. This role is now primarily fulfilled by EFJ Vice-Chair Philippe Leruth and Steering Committee member Michael Klehm. The latest activities include a “Draft Declaration on the potential risks of media concentration to democracy” to be transmitted it to the assembly for approval and joint activities with the European Commission against racism and Intolerance (ECRI) to defend self-regulation in the context of the battle against racism and intolerance.


EFJ Meetings in the General Meeting period

 

Meetings

Date/place

Number participants

Women

2004

 

 

 

General Meeting

4-5/5                Thessaloniki

68

22

East meets West: Social Dialogue in the Media Sector

5-6/11Tallinn

44

22

2005

 

 

 

Annual Meeting

3-4/5 Bilbao 

70

20

Freelance Conference

23-24/9 Bratislava

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PREAMBLE

 

The European Federation of Journalists (EFJ) is a regional organisation of the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ). It is created within the framework of  the IFJ Constitution and represents the interests of journalists' unions and their members within the industrial and political framework of Europe, particularly the European Union and the Council of Europe.

 

The European Federation of Journalists shall work in all parts of Europe to enforce trade unionist and professional matters and to protect and defend freedom of expression and information as well as journalists' human rights, as laid down in the European Convention of Human Rights, Article 10 (1).

 

The European Federation of Journalists is an autonomous body according to the Rules of the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC). As a member of the ETUC the European Federation of Journalists is officially accredited by the European Union.

 

1. AIMS AND OBJECTIVES

 

1.1   The European Federation of Journalists will co-ordinate the activities of IFJ-affiliated unions in Europe. It will develop and promote common interests in the fields of social, economic, cultural and media policy, and fight for the aims and objectives being defined in the IFJ Constitution within the European Union and other European institutions.

 

1.2   The European Federation of Journalists shall work closely with the ETUC and other trade unions representing groups of workers in the mass media and will co-operate in working out general principles and guidelines for common trade union policy in the field of mass media and information.

 

1.3   The European Federation of Journalists shall also seek broad trade union support for professional and industrial policy regarding the development of mass media with the Council of Europe, the European Union, and the Conference for Security and Cooperation in Europe.

 

1.4   The European Federation of Journalists shall promote understanding and solidarity among European unions affiliated to the International Federation of Journalists.

 

2. COMPOSITION

 

IFJ members in Europe  are entitled to be members of the European Federation of Journalists.

 

3. TASKS

 

3.1   The European Federation of Journalists under its own responsibility shall elaborate a working programme in line with IFJ policies and principles. According to the working programme adopted by the General Meeting (GM), the Steering Committee shall determine priorities of work in representing and working for journalists' and journalists unions' interests in Europe.

 

3.2   The European Federation of Journalists reports to the IFJ Executive Committee.

 

4. GENERAL MEETING

 

4.1  The General Meeting (GM) shall normally

meet every third year in advance of the IFJ

Congress. It shall be composed of one delegate from each member union and the members of the Steering Committee. The IFJ President and IFJ Executive Committee members elected from Europe shall have the right to participate without the right to vote. Each member union has the right to send observers. Observers from ETUC and other organisations may be invited.

 

The Steering Committee may convene an extraordinary GM at any time if three fourths of the members vote in favour. The Steering Committee shall convene an extraordinary GM if half of the member unions make such a demand in writing.

      

The voting system at the GM shall be the same as the voting system at the IFJ Congress. A transfer of votes after registration to the GM is not possible. Member unions who have not paid their membership fee according to provisions shall not have the right to vote or to submit candidates for the Steering Committee.

 

4.2   The working languages of the GM shall be English, French and German.

 

4.3   The Steering Committee will prepare the agenda of the GM and decide on voting rights. The invitation and draft agenda has to be sent to member unions at least two months before the GM.

 

4.4   The GM has its own working rules. A report on decisions of the GM will be prepared immediately and sent to member unions. The minutes will be confirmed by the Steering Committee. They shall be kept on record in the secretariat.

 

4.5 The GM shall:

 

a. elect

- a Presidium  to chair the GM;

- a motions’ commission to consider the

       motions and urgent motions;

-an electoral commission.

 

Members shall not be members of the Steering Committee nor candidates for the next Steering Committee.

 

b.       confirm the agenda, changes of the working rules proposed by the Steering Committee and the voting rights of the unions;

c.       approve the minutes of the last GM resp. of the last AM;

d.       decide on membership of unions failing     to meet the EFJ financial obligations;

 

e.   approve the report of the Steering Committee, which will be presented by the chair;

f.        consider the reports of the Expert Groups;

g.       approve a report of audited accounts and finances presented by the honorary treasurer and consider the report of the Finance Commission;

h.       consider a report on the activities of the IFJ Project Division;

i.         adopt a budget plan for the following years;

j.         decide on motions for activities of the European Federation of Journalists. Member unions with voting rights and the Steering Committee have the right to submit motions. Motions from member unions must be submitted to the Steering Committee at least one month before the GM and shall be sent to member unions at least two weeks before the GM.

k.       decide on motions for changes of the rules of the European Federation of Journalists. These motions must be submitted to the Steering Committee at least two months before the GM and shall be sent to member unions at least one month before the GM. New rules shall be in effect at the next GM.

l.         decide on the admission of urgent motions. Urgent motions can be presented until the opening of the meeting.

m.     adopt the working programme of the EFJ and decide on the establishment of expert groups;

n.       decide on membership fees for the EFJ;

o.       elect the electoral commission;

p.       elect the chair of the Steering Committee;

q.       elect the other members of the Steering Committee;

r.        elect reserves for the Steering Committee;

s.       elect the members of the Finance Commission.

 

4.6 Member unions which would like to host a General or Annual Meeting must submit their invitation including information on transport, facilities, costs, conditions and sponsors 15 months in advance of the meeting to the Steering Committee.

 

 

5. ANNUAL MEETING

 

Between the General Meetings, there shall be an Annual Meeting (AM), which shall focus on a subject in line with the priorities of work of the EFJ.

 

The AM is prepared by the Steering Committee in cooperation with the European Officer. The invitation and draft agenda has to be sent to member unions at least two months before the AM.

 

The AM can decide on motions on actual matters and developments which concern journalists' and journalists unions' interests in Europe. Member unions with voting rights and the Steering Committee have the right to submit motions. Motions from member unions must be submitted to the Steering Committee at least one month before the AM and shall be sent to member unions at least two weeks before the AM. The voting system shall be the same as the voting system at the EFJ General Meeting.

 

The AM considers the report of the Finance Commission.

 

6. THE STEERING COMMITTEE

 

6.1   The Steering Committee is the working body which shall be responsible for the co-ordination and supervision of the European Federation’s activities. It shall propose a working programme to the GM and shall be responsible for the execution of the GM and AM decisions. The coordination includes the work of the IFJ Project Division, as far as Europe is concerned.

 

6.2   The Steering Committee has nine members and a mandate of three years. They shall be elected by the GM. They can be reelected to the Steering Committee for a maximum of two additional periods. Vacancies in membership of the Steering Committee will be filled by the reserves in the order of votes received at the last GM. If a member of the Steering Committee fails to attend half of the meetings within a year without good reasons, he/she will also be replaced by a reserve.

 

6.3   The member unions have the right to propose delegates for the list of candidates. No union may have more than one national representative in the Steering Committee. The list of candidates will be closed one month before the GM and circulated among member unions three weeks before the GM. It can be reopened again at the opening of the GM by majority vote on request of member unions. All candidates must have a written mandate from their home union which commits to pay the expenses connected to the function.

 

6.4   The members of the Steering Committee and the reserves shall be elected by secret ballot. These elections will be chaired by an electoral commission set up at the GM; it will consist of three voting delegates, who are not members of the steering committee or candidates for election.

 

6.5 The Steering Committee elects a vice-chair and a honorary treasurer from its members.

 

6.6 The General Secretary of the IFJ shall act as   General Secretary of the EFJ.

 

6.7   The IFJ President and IFJ Executive Committee elected from Europe shall have the right to participate in the meetings of the Steering Committee without the right to vote.

 

6.8   The working language of the Steering Committee shall be English.

 

7. FINANCE COMMISSION

 

7.1 The objective of the Finance Commission is to review the EFJ accounts. The Finance Commission must report to the General          Meetings and give status reports to the Annual Meetings.

 

7.2 The Finance Commission consists of three lay auditors. None of them belong to any other elected body of the EFJ.

 

 

 

 

 

8. SECRETARIAT

 

8.1   The European Federation of Journalists has a European Officer who is member of the IFJ- staff. His/Her task is to execute the work for the European Federation within the framework given by the Steering Committee. He/She is appointed by approval of the Steering Committee and is responsible to the Steering Committee.

 

8.2   He/She shall participate in the meetings of the Steering Committee, the GM and the AM without voting rights.

 

9. EXPERT GROUPS

 

EFJ-Expert Groups work by mandate of the Steering Committee and shall report to the Steering Committee and the IFJ Executive Committee.

 

9.1   EFJ-Expert Groups are working bodies of the Steering Committee. The Steering Committee appoints its members and decides on the aims and objectives of the work. The Expert Groups are open to experts from outside Europe.

 

9.2   Members must be experts proposed by member unions which commit to pay the expenses connected to the function

 

9.3   The Expert Groups must give a report of their work to the Steering Committee at least two times a year. They also report to the General Meeting. The Expert Groups shall, in cooperation with the European Office, make relevant information available on the IFJ/EFJ-websites. The working language of the expert groups is chosen by the members of the expert groups and is German, English, or French.

 

10. FINANCES

 

10.1 The financial year of the Federation shall be

from January 1 to December 31.

 

10.2 The activities of the European Federation of Journalists will be subject to EFJ membership fees, EU-contributions, IFJ-contributions and other sources.

 

10.3 Member unions shall pay fees according to the decision of the GM.

 

10.4 Activities in line with the EFJ working programme, the GM and the AM can - in coordination with the Steering Committee – be executed and financed by the IFJ Project Division.

 

10.5 Unions failing to pay their fees or failing to seek special arrangements with the Steering Committee, have their membership terminated by the GM. They will be accepted back into the European Federation of Journalists on payment of fees owed.

 

11. DISSOLUTION

 

The European Federation of Journalists may be dissolved upon the vote of two-thirds of the votes cast at an GM being in favour of dissolution. The GM which voted for dissolution shall also determine the allocation of funds still available.

 

 

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Proposed to the General Meeting in Zagreb, March 23-25, 2007

 

Introduction

 

The meeting takes place at a time when trade union influence appears to be in decline. Journalists’ unions remain relatively strong in a hostile environment and the general trade union movement is losing members and political and social power. The political tone in Europe has become anti-union and the European Union agenda reflects this with its emphasis on a “flexible” work force. At national level governments are reluctant to enforce regulations that provide even minimal protection for media workers and journalists. Employers in the media sector have become extremely hostile to decent working standards both for staff and freelances. Newcomers, young journalists and women suffer particular discrimination. In Central and Eastern Europe most journalists work under fraudulent contracts. Many are forced to leave the profession in order to earn a living.

 

Given this background, the Steering Committee has discussed how our members can use their strength to change the general atmosphere, to promote professional solidarity and adopt a practical agenda of small but important steps going forward.

 

The employment crisis and concerns about the future continue to dominate European media. Though the EFJ will continue to advocate for stronger rules regarding media concentration, there will not be any action at European level. The quality campaign of the EFJ has focused in the last years on authors’ rights, protection of sources, public service values and editorial independence. We have to continue and to be even more vigilant on all of these issues (see proposals below).

 

At the same time reaching common positions on policy, which may regulate the journalists’ profession vis-à-vis the European institutions and the Council of Europe, has become an ever larger part of EFJ lobbying work (Rome II-defamation law; media and war against terrorism; Communication policy; media pluralism; Audiovisual Media Services Directive; spectrum policy; authors’ rights positions etc..). The EFJ office and the Steering Committee shall continue to monitor and influence EU legislation concerning media policy and the audiovisual regulatory framework.

 

The EFJ should use the existing, though increasingly limited, EU funded projects and continue to concentrate on trade union development, the employment relationship and authors’ rights.

 


Labour Rights

Lobbying:  The EFJ office with the LAREG and the FREG shall lobby on key changes or proposals on employment law/union rights at European and national level.

Transnational work: The EFJ in cooperation with the LAREG shall concentrate on union organisation through union presence/recruitment/retention/work place organisation and cross-border organisation, including European Works Councils with the follow-up of the Sofia Conference in 2007 and International Framework Agreements.

Collective Bargaining and Best Practice: The EFJ secretariat and the LAREG shall keep monitoring and evaluating collective bargaining at national level and circulate essential information to all unions in Europe.

 

With regard to the crisis in the employment relationship and the increase of non permanent work, especially among the young, cooperation shall be found with the FREG and Labour Law Experts on this issue.

 

Union Organising: The EFJ office and the Labour Rights Expert Group and the Freelance Expert Group shall organise a follow-up seminar to the “Let’s Organise” seminar in Vilnius, November 2006 dealing with recruitment and bargaining issues.

 

 

Freelances –Non-Permament Workers

Lobbying: The EFJ office and its national member unions in co-operation with the FREG shall continue to co-operate with the ETUC, the European Parliament and the European Commission to lobby for basic regulation on social protection. Following the debate initiated by the Green Paper on Labour Law, the FREG will follow-up the topic of ‘flexi-curity’ and continue to advocate for social rights for all workers independent of their contract.

 

The fight against unfair rules and legislations shall be the other main item to promote.  The FREG and the EFJ labour rights experts group (LAREG) and other trade union federations shall continue to work on this issue.

 

Activities: The EFJ office and the FREG shall organise another Seminar following-up the Conference that took place in Bratislava in 2005.

 

The EFJ office and the FREG shall follow-up on the freelance strategy circulated to member unions as well as best practices of successful freelance work.

 

The FREG shall intensify contact with freelance groups from Central and Eastern Europe.

 

The FREG, together with EFJ affiliates, shall promote and circulate the EFJ Charter of Freelance Rights.

 

Co-operation: The EFJ office and the FREG shall continue to co-operate with other unions representing freelances.

The FREG shall closely co-operate with the AREG on defending authors’ rights for freelances and work against unfair contracts such as “total buy out” practices.

 

 

Authors’ Rights

 

Lobbying: AREG shall lobby wherever necessary and relevant against statutory transfer of authors’ rights along the lines of the “work for hire” system of the US and the similar UK system. Following up on the pamphlet with more translations and more material, AREG will further raise awareness regarding the negative consequences it will have if continental Europe adopts rules shifting full ownership of rights to the employer.

 

AREG and the EFJ office shall lobby the EU institutions to promote the continental authors’ right approach and make sure that the anglosaxon copyright approach does not gain weight within the EU. In this respect, AREG will continue to gather examples of the economic importance of journalists and their media colleagues to retain their authors’ rights and of the importance of moral rights protection. AREG will also follow up on the EU Commission studies on the recasting of copyright and related rights and on the implementation of the InfoSoc directive.

 

AREG shall put forward concrete suggestions for the EU Commission to enable it, through a charter, to pave the way for better contractual practices and more transparency and accountability in the cases where publishers and producers have acquired all the rights from journalists and other authors and performers.

 

AREG shall comment and follow closely the work of the EU Commission regarding authors’ rights in the online environment (copyright levies, content online, collective management, digital libaries) to make sure that the story is also told from the authors’ point of view and that journalists receive their fair share of remuneration for the use of digital or digitalised content. AREG shall also continue the efforts through the International Federation of Reproduction Rights Organisations (IFRRO) to spread collective management to the online environment.

 

AREG shall develop a joint project with WIPO on guidelines on the management of journalists’ authors rights to be used in development work (possible joint venture with IFRRO)

 

AREG shall monitor and - if relevant - participate in authors’ rights related activities of the European institutions and WIPO and other relevant bodies.

 

Solidarity: AREG shall help member unions to fight for the rights of employed authors and freelances by sharing information on best practice, disseminating lobbying material (pamphlet) and offering the official EFJ support. AREG will notably committ to strengthen its links with Central and Eastern Europe unions.

 

Cooperation with EFJ expert groups: AREG shall work closely with FREG and LAREG regarding collective bargaining rights for freelances (of all types) and for the strengthening of the rights of individuals in the contract situation This includes the organisation of joint-seminars.

 

Cooperation with other creators: AREG shall strengthen and continue efforts to drive and participate in better co-operation between authors’ and performers’ organizations in Europe and the rest of the world by participating actively in the initiatives taken by other organizations and to continue the EFJ initiatives in “Creators’ Forum“ and in the authors coalition within International Federation of Reproduction Rights Organisations (IFRRO).

 

Raising awareness: AREG and the EFJ office shall continue to inform member unions through the production of brochures, arguments, and training material and the organisation of seminars and other activities to raise member unions’ awareness of the importance of authors’ rights.

 

AREG shall continue to service member unions through the ongoing work of building up the website with useful information, including an updated handbook, collections of best practice contracts, collective agreements, cases, information on EU, WIPO, etc.

 

Gender 

 

Strategy: The EFJ and the Gender Council will focus on mainstreaming strategies to be used by EFJ bodies including its expert groups and at EFJ seminars.

Communication: The EFJ and its members will make sure the survey finalised in 2006 is available on member unions’ website and broadly circulated. The Steering Committee shall follow-up the proposals from the survey, such as the support of a woman network  and implement them, where possible with similar methods.

 

Media Policy / Broadcasting

 

Lobbying: The BREG shall develop lobbying activities at EU level on issues dealing with broadcasting in a broad extent: public service values, media pluralism and better regulations against media concentration. Lobbying is carried out by the EFJ at European level and by member unions at national level.

A special focus shall be put on political independence and public service values in Central Europe, where the situation of journalists and their unions is still unsatisfactory.

 

Social Dialogue: The SC will support the social dialogue in the audiovisual sector at European level, which was launched in 2004. Together with UNI-MEI and the Actors’ and Musicians Unions (FIA and FIM) the EFJ will discuss with representatives from the private and public broadcasting organisations (ACT and EBU) and independent producers issues relating to gender, safety, training as well as the development in new EU member states. The activities related to the Social Dialogue have the financial support of the European Commission.

In addition to national agreements and the European social dialogue, the BREG shall work on the development of International Framework Agreements in transnational broadcasting companies.

 

Support: EFJ member unions shall inform BREG and the EFJ/IFJ secretariat of activities and developments in broadcasting.

 

The BREG together with the secretariat shall look into the organisation of a conference focusing on working conditions in broadcasting.

 

 

Protection of Sources and Access to Documents

 

Awareness-raising: The EFJ in co-operation with the IFJ shall continue to take every opportunity to lobby governments, the judiciary and the European Parliament and work with employers and their organisations to strengthen the rights and freedom of journalists to investigate, without judicial pressure to reveal their sources and reinforce the Europe-wide efforts involving all its affiliates to strengthen existing, or bring in new legislation in support for journalists protecting confidential sources.

 

Support: The EFJ and its member unions shall continue to give support to journalists who are asked to disclose their sources.

 

Information: EFJ member unions shall inform the EFJ/IFJ secretariat of relevant protection of sources cases in their countries. Information shall be put on the EFJ/IFJ web-site.

 

 

Future of Journalism

 

The Steering Committee shall continue working on standards for quality in journalism on issues such as training, access to the profession, citizens’ contribution to media, etc.

 

 

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Les derniers sacrements sont-ils en train d’être donnés au modèle socio-économique européen ? La conception de contrat social reste-t-elle au cœur de l’attitude européenne vis-à-vis des législations relatives à l’emploi et du caractère d’état providence ? Les états membres (récemment élargis vers l’est et le sud) ont-ils toujours en leur centre le concept d’entreprise à haut niveau d’investissement et de performance ou un modèle alternatif basé sur les modèles néo-libéraux  nord-américains prend-il le dessus ? Si c’est le cas, quelles sont les implications pour le mouvement syndicaliste européen ? Sommes-nous tout doucement poussés vers un rôle marginal ?

 

L’automne dernier, nous attendions avec impatience la publication du Livre Vert de la Commission sur la réforme de  la législation relative à l’emploi. Mais avant même que l’encre du document ne soit sèche, l’UNICE, la confédération européenne des entreprises demandait que soient reconsidérés à la fois son contenu et le moment de sa publication (et cela avant même sa publication !). Ils étaient  «profondément inquiets quant au contenu de ce document » et continuaient en déclarant « Nous pensons que la présente version donne une idée négative des modèles de travail flexibles et du travail sous statut d’indépendant qui n’est pas justifiée ». Il suggère un ordre du jour implicite d’harmonisation de la législation relative au travail qui mettrait en péril la croissance et l’emploi et est en contradiction avec l’approche de type « flexisécurité ».   

 

Dans une réelle situation de partenariat social, ces commentaires auraient été exprimés durant la période de consultation entre les parties concernées – ceci n’était qu’une tentative lamentable d’impressionner la Commission pour qu’elle retire le document afin que les employeurs puissent influencer la version provisoire avant publication.

 

Pas encore satisfaits de profits et de dividendes records couplés à des niveaux salariaux qui montent en flèche pour les cadres, la réaction initiale de certains employeurs vis-à-vis du Livre Vert a été de s’opposer à toute action européenne visant à aider les travailleurs les moins protégés et d’exiger plus de flexibilité et moins de protection pour les travailleurs. La flexibilité, nous dit-on, est essentielle si l’Europe veut jouir d’une croissance économique et d’un emploi plus importants.

 

Une hirondelle ne fait pas le printemps mais elle annonce son arrivée. Quelles sont les progressions récentes dans le dialogue social ? La Directive européenne destinée à protéger les travailleurs intérimaires n’avance que très lentement, la Directive Temps de Travail a été gelée malgré les efforts des Finlandais pour atteindre une proposition de compromis.  Cet échec a mis en évidence le côté le plus négatif de l’Europe et son incapacité à faire avancer le modèle social. Depuis cet échec, la Commission a inclus une question sur le temps de travail dans le Livre Vert sur les législations relatives au travail, mais quel espoir est-il réaliste de garder au vu de la réaction des employeurs au document déjà mentionnée plus haut ?

 

Alors que le Livre Vert passe l’étape de la consultation, le programme de la Présidence allemande mentionne que le débat sur le modèle social européen doit être « étoffé de propositions concrètes ». Une conférence ministérielle se déroulera donc les 8 et 9 février à Nuremberg pour discuter de l’interaction entre l’économie et l’emploi et pour trouver des exemples d’actions conjointes couronnées de succès. Cet évènement et les processus qui vont le suivre ne peuvent être sous-estimés et donneront le ton du débat sur le Livre Vert. Parallèlement à cela, le débat sur la Constitution de l’UE, qui a été gelé depuis les « non » des Néerlandais et des Français en 2005 va être relancé.

 

La compétitivité était une des quatre priorités de la Présidence finlandaise, en raison d’inquiétudes au sujet de la viabilité des entreprises européennes face à la mondialisation, d’une plus grande concurrence entre l’Inde et la Chine et d’une volonté présente depuis longtemps de construire un concurrent européen fort pouvant affronter l’économie et l’Etat US (ce qui est aussi l’un des objectifs du marché unique et de l’union monétaire).

 Mais quelqu’un devrait poser la question suivante : « Est-ce une course vers le bas ? » Dans quelle mesure les politiques et les objectifs sociaux et concurrentiels se soutiennent-ils et se contredisent-ils ? Ce sont les problématiques que nos syndicats devraient réétudier et peut-être recentrer plus précisément à la fin du débat sur le Livre Vert (que se passera-t-il si aucun accord n’est trouvé ? le débat sera-t-il transféré au niveau national ?).

 

Finalement, il ne s’agit pas simplement de savoir ce qui passe au niveau de l’UE. Il y a encore un rôle important à jouer par les syndicats au niveau de chaque pays. L’UE a un mandat législatif très limité dans le domaine de la politique sociale pour des thèmes tels que les taxes, la sécurité sociale, les allocations et certains aspects relatifs à la fourniture de certains services publics. Avec l’arrivée récente de nouveaux pays, cela a conduit à d’énormes inégalités entre les états membres de l’UE, mais d’importants combats sociaux peuvent être livrés au niveau national (même si dans de nombreux états arrivés plus anciennement dans l’UE, ils sont de nature défensive). D’autre part, comment les normes seront-elles améliorées dans certains des nouveaux états qui sont considérés comme des sources de travail bon marché et des clairs supporters de la vision néo-libérale du marché ?

 

Cette année est la 50ème depuis la signature du Traité de Rome et nous devons penser à la manière la plus optimale de contrer l’approche actuelle de l’UE, qui ne vise qu’à créer un marché, et à la manière d’injecter une politique sociale substantielle dans les stratégies européennes et, simultanément, construire nos syndicats au niveau national afin qu’ils défendent les acquis sociaux et les droits de l’homme gagnés ces 50 dernières années et qui sont maintenant menacés.

 

Barry White

En son nom propre

 

22 janvier 2007

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Vendredi 23 mars 

 

14h00 Inscription

 

14h30 Début de la réunion

Bienvenue et introduction:

Arne König, Président, Fédération Européenne des Journalistes
Dragutin Lucic Luce, Président, Association Croate des Journalistes

         Katja Kusec, Président, Syndicat Croate des Journalistes

 

15h30 Session Spéciale I. Développer la qualité dans le nouveau journalisme

 

                 NN, à confirmer

                 Jeremy Dear, Secrétaire Général, NUJ

                

                 Modérateur: Aidan White, Secrétaire général de la FEJ

 

16h30 Pause café

 

17h00 Session Spéciale II. L’avenir des relations entre employeurs et travailleurs dans les médias européens : quelle valeur ajoutée pour les membres des syndicats ?

 

NN, Représentant de UNIHUB, Patron croate de média

Mogens Blicher Bjerregard, Président, Syndicat des journalistes danois

 

                 Modératrice: Ann-Magrit Austenå, Comité directeur de la FEJ

 

18h30 Fin du 1er jour



20h00 Dîner

Samedi 24 mars

 

9h30 Ouverture de l’Assemblée Générale de la FEJ

 

1.          Adoption du règlement de travail

 

2.          Election du Présidium

 

3.          Adoption de l’ordre du jour 

 

4.          Droits de Vote et affiliations

           Nomination du Comité d’ Election

           Election des Scrutateurs

 

5.          Compte rendu de l’AG, Thessalonique, 2004

 

6.          Compte rendu de l’AA, Bled, 2006

 

7.          Rapports

           a) Rapport du Comité directeur

           Débat

 

11h00-11h30 Pause café

 

           b) Rapports des Groupes d’experts

           Droits du travail - LAREG

           Droits d’auteur - AREG

           Freelances - FREG

           Audiovisuel - BREG

 

           Débat et adoption des rapports

 

12h30-14h00 Déjeuner

 

      8. Rapport Financier

           a) Rapport 2007 du Trésorier honoraire

           b) Budget FEJ 2006 et prévisions pour 2007-2010

           c) Rapport de la Commission financière

           d) Budget 2007-2010

          

15h30-16h30 Pause café

 

9. Priorités du programme de travail de la FEJ pour 2007-2010

 

10. Présentation des candidats au Comité Directeur

 

18h00 Fin de la 2ème journée

 

20h00 Dîner

 

 

Dimanche 25 mars

 

9h30  Ouverture de la réunion

 

11. Election

           Comité directeur (y compris le Président)

           Commission financière

 

12. Motions

           a) Motions relatives aux statuts          

           b) Motions relatives aux activités de la FEJ

 

11h30 Pause café

 

Motions (suite)

 

13. Congrès de la FIJ

 

14. Divers

 

14h30 Déjeuner

 

Fin de l’Assemblée générale

 

 

                

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To æe ujedno biti izborna skupština EFJ-a na kojoj æe se (u nedjelju) birati Izvršni komitet ukljuèujuæi i predsjednika te financijsku komisiju, a prva skupština koja æe se održati izvan teritorija EU. Europski novinari æe se u Zagrebu dogovarati i o tome hoæe li istaknuti zajednièkog kandidata za Skupštinu Svjetske novinarske federacije koja æe se krajem svibnja održati u Moskvi, kada sadašnji predsjednik Chris Warren najverojatnije napušta kormilo IFJ-a. Sutra æe se održati tematska rasprava na kojoj æe se raspravljati o medijskim slobodama, radnim pravima i etièkim obvezama novinara, u Europi i u Hrvatskoj. (Z.D.)

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