EU and UNESCO collaborate to strengthen youth media and information literacy skills

Students at Sukainah Bint Al Hussein Secondary School in Zarka are passionate about media and information literacy. Twice a week, fifteen girls enthusiastically take part in the Media Information Literacy Club, led by teachers Ms. Samar Souleman and Ms. Souad Ahmed. The European Union funded and UNESCO implemented “Youth Empowerment” project represents a timely response to promoting the safe and ethical use of media and the internet. The project works to advance Media Information Literacy (MIL) as a holistic response to fostering the informed use, consumption and production of media…

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EU adjusts copyright rules to the digital age

The EU is amending its legal framework on copyright to make it fit-for-purpose in today’s digital environment. The Council today adopted a directive that modernises existing EU copyright law to pave the way towards a true digital single market. The new rules ensure adequate protection for authors and artists, while opening up new possibilities for accessing and sharing copyright-protected content online throughout the European Union. I am very glad that we have achieved a balanced text, creating multiple opportunities for Europe’s creative sectors, which will thrive and better reflect our…

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Fairtrade secures funding from the EU to advance the Sustainable Development Goals

The European Union has confirmed a multi-year grant to Fairtrade International to serve as a key strategic partner for the EU’s commitments to Sustainable Development Goal 17: Partnerships to support the other 16 goals. The funding will support the three regional Fairtrade Producer Networks, the Fair Trade Advocacy Office and Fairtrade International to strengthen our operations and institutional capacity in the following areas: Internal governance, including 2025 strategy development, roll-out of a global safeguarding mechanism Capacity building and expanding inclusive representation of women, youth and workers in Producer Network governance…

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PRCA welcomes creative industries’ freelance visa proposal

Responding to the House of Lords Communications Committee report, UK advertising in a digital age, the PRCA has welcomed the suggestion of a creative industries’ freelance visa for European Union citizens. Francis Ingham MPRCA, Director General, PRCA, said: “Given they represent 5% of the UK PR and communications workforce, 4,000 non-UK EU citizens would naturally welcome the introduction of a creative industries’ freelance visa, and rightly so. “Not only does it offer them options and flexibility for the future, it would be keenly welcomed by employers who can continue to…

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EU Launch Factsheet on new plastics proposals

Questions & Answers: A European strategy for plastics European Commission – Fact Sheet Strasbourg, 16 January 2018 Questions & Answers: A European strategy for plastics Why do we need a European strategy for plastics? Plastics are everywhere but too much of it is used only once before thrown away. It ends up polluting the environment, depriving the economy of a valuable resource. According to estimates, only 5% of the value of plastic packaging material retains in the economy, the rest is lost after a very short first-use. The annual bill…

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