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Media cooperation between the EU Member States and Mediterranean non-member countries

As part of its new Mediterranean policy, the European Commission's Directorate-General for External Economic Relations (DG I) has developed the MED-MEDIA programme to promote decentralized cooperation between media professionals and institutions in the Member States of the European Union and those of Mediterranean non-member countries (MNCs). These are: Algeria, Cyprus, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Malta, Morocco, Occupied Territories, Syria, Tunisia and Turkey.

The present call for proposals aims at selecting cooperation projects for the year 1995.

MED-MEDIA has two principal aims:

- To increase cooperation between EU and MNC media professionals;
- To raise the professional media standards and conditions in the MNCs.

To this end the programme aims to:

- Help create or strengthen trans-Mediterranean cooperation networks between EU and MNC media professionals, institutions and organizations;
- Foster the development of contractual partnerships and the establishment and development of lasting links between partners in the networks;
- Encourage the exchange of know-how and experience in all forms of media enterprise.

The MED-MEDIA programme is open to media professionals, public media institutions and private sector media organizations in the EU and in the MNCs. Projects must involve at least one MNC partner and at least two partners from two different EU Member States. Projects involving more than one MNC partner or led by an MNC partner are particularly encouraged. Networks which have taken part in the pilot phase may submit proposals to continue their work.

Projects must involve genuine hands-on cooperation by EU and MNC television, radio and written press professionals.

The following activities are eligible for Community financing:

- Journalistic, technical and media management training;
- Exchanges of media professionals;
- Co-productions;
- Distribution;
- Seminars and workshops.

Proposals should demonstrate specific objectives and a detailed work programme.

In selecting the projects for co-financing, the Commission will consider:

- Their potential to contribute to achieving the MED-MEDIA objectives;
- The effective and balanced cooperation between EU and MNC partners;
- Their financial and technical feasibility;
- A geographical balance between projects.

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