Representative of Economic and Social Council (ESC) took part in the 4th yearly Press Officers Seminar, which was organized by the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) on 27 and 28 February in Brussels. The subject of the seminar was” European Media in transition – trends and developments”. The seminar brought together communications specialists who gave participants a insight into various aspects of an ever-changing media landscape and the way public communications strategies are currently responding or should respond to these changes.

Panels were moderated by members of the Communication Group. The opening debate was followed by the Presidents of the three groups, Henri Malosse, Georgios Dassis and Luca Jahier. The EESC Vice-President Anna-Maria Darmanin closed the seminar and promised to follow-up on this debate.

Speakers included the Hungarian Minister responsible for communications, Directors-General of the European Commission and the Council as well as other officials responsible for communications in the EU institutions, EESC members, journalists, researchers and communications officers from NGOs.

Communication and journalism are no longer what they used to be. Patterns of communications have changed dramatically and they keep on changing rapidly, insisted participants. "We do not know precisely what will come out of the current turmoil in the media world" said Vice-President Darmanin.

The meeting was very useful for the establishment of beneficial contacts with the press centers of European institutions, other national councils and NGOs in the Member States. This will be very helpful for the future communications of the ESC regarding the international activities and international cooperation.



is the “bridge” between citizens and the national government. Its mission is to support such “bridging” so as to facilitate the communication between the society and the national government. It is the new and modern institution of the civil dialogue.

The ESC's mission is to promote civil society organisations access to and involvement in the process of decision-making on strategic economic and social issues.

The main goal of ESC's operation is to enable different representatives of organised civil society to feel free to state their views whereas unanimity on matters of common interest is encouraged. The Council expresses and protects civil society interests by communicating agreed statements and proposals submitted by its members to the executive and legislative authorities.

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