PILOT PROJECT ON MEDIA COUNCILS IN THE DIGITAL AGE

Key Information
  • Eligibility: The call is open to a grouping of entities (consortia) composed of at least 2 legal entities: non-profit organisations (private or public); international organisations; universities; educational institutions; research centres; and/or natural persons.
  • Funding amount: €350,000
  • Type of funding: Programmatic – The following types of activities are eligible under this call for proposals: data collection and treatment (maintenance and development of the online database on media self-regulatory bodies); actions aiming at improving of networks, exchanges of good practices and coordination; coordination with existing networks and actors working in the field of media freedom, media pluralism and quality journalism, such as associations of media councils, journalists’ associations, NGOs and academics; financial support to third parties; conferences, seminars; training activities.
  • Target countries: Only applications from legal entities established EU Member States and candidate countries are eligible.
  • Process/award timelines: Publication of the call Q3 2020. Deadline for submitting applications 21. September 2020. Evaluation period Q3/Q4 2020. Information to applicants Q4 2020. Signature of grant agreement Q4 2020. The proposed start date is 1st January 2021. The proposed maximum duration of the project is 12 months. The EU co-financing is limited to a maximum co-funding rate of 90% of the total eligible costs.
  • Application languages: English
  • Success rate: The Commission expects to fund 1 proposal.

Read more about the project here. The full call for proposals can be found here.


The European Commission is launching a Call for proposals for the Pilot Project “Media Councils in the digital age”.

Building on the results of the first edition of the Pilot Project, the objective of this action is to boost and increase the visibility of the activities of media self-regulation bodies.

In order to protect media freedom and pluralism and to promote professionalism in journalistic content, the Pilot Project will seek to further support the transition of media self-regulatory bodies to the online world.

It will also help them engage in discussions with internet intermediaries and other internet media stakeholders.

Through exchanges of best practices, the project will help bringing clarity on how to achieve, in a converged media environment, the goals of media self-regulation.

The following core actions to be carried out by the beneficiary are described in detail in the Call for Proposals document:

  • a) Maintenance and development of the database on media self-regulatory bodies
  • b) Exchange of best practices
  • c) Strengthening of the pan-EU Working Group representing media self-regulatory bodies
  • d) Support to new media councils
  • e) Global dialogue

 Questions related to this call should be sent at the latest on 11 September 2020 to CNECT-I1-CALLS@ec.europa.eu

Call reference: Connect/2019/4085423.