The Commission launched a call for proposals to increase the production, curation and dissemination of professional and multilingual news media content, as well as non-fictional programming, through European open and digital delivery systems.
The aim of the call is to increase the variety of news, informative content with a pan-European perspective available to citizens, by enhancing cross-border collaboration between news media actors.
The call will require close cooperation of several media actors agreeing to share content amongst themselves. This content should cover EU affairs and should be consistently reachable across as many Union countries as possible in at least 5 Union languages.
Applicants will be jointly responsible for the content produced under the scheme through their joint-editorial systems. They are expected to build on existing distribution mechanisms of news, informative content and factual programming, and enrich them with new content. Applicants are encouraged to develop news hubs under sound editorial standards and oversights over the production and curation of content. The content should be consistently reachable in as many Union countries as possible.
The maximum co-financing rate of is 80% of the total eligible costs. The expected duration of projects is 24 months.
The total budget for the co-financing of a project is estimated at EUR 1 762 000.
The deadline for submitting proposals is 15 September 2021.
All documents are available here.