European Commission launches European Media Literacy Week

The European Commission have announced their new initiative 'European Media Literacy Week', designed to promote media literacy projects throughout the EU and underscore their societal and cultural importance.

Taking place between 18 and 22 March 2019, various events will happen in Brussels and EU Member States around the topic of media literacy. 

At an EU level, the main event will be a high-level conference with a keynote delivered by the Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society, Mariya Gabriel. The conference will gather Member State representatives, audiovisual regulators, media experts, journalists and the general public to discuss the role of quality journalism in a rapidly changing news environment, issues of trust and disinformation and changing business models. The conference will take place on 19 March at Cinéma Palace in Brussels and you can register here

The full programme for the conference can be found here, with speakers lined up from the likes of Facebook, the European Audiovisual Observatory, The Guardian and the European University Institute. 

Other events across the week include workshops in Slovenia, skills sharing in Luxembourg and a Council of Europe conference in France that will provide an insight into updated standards on medial pluralism and ideas for embedding those standards into practice. You can find out more about the events, and add your own, here

In the context of European Media Literacy Week, the European Commission have invited applications from from inspiring and/or impactful projects in the field of media literacy. Seven of the selected projects will be invited to Brussels to compete for three Media Literacy Awards at a pitching session scheduled during the conference. The finalists will be announced on 5 March.