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1 Workshop conclusionsWolfgang PetzoldBarbara PiotrowskaCharles WhiteInformation and Communication Unit, DG REGIO
2 Workshop 1.A. Planning efficient communication Chair: Jimmy Jamar, Head of Unit, European Commission, Directorate General for Employment, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities, Communication and CAD UnitCreating a communication plan from evaluation results - Kamila Davidova, Ministryof Labour and Social Affairs, Ondrej Stefek, Naviga 4, Czech RepublicHungarian Communication Plan- Judit Szucs, National Development Agency, HungaryFrench communication strategy - Vasilije Kujacic, DIACT, FranceExperience of Commission Representation in Barcelona – Laura Rahola Ortega, European Commission Representation in Spain, Barcelona OfficeRapporteur: Annabelle Maupas, European Commission, Directorate General for Regional Policy, Information and Communication Unit
3 1A DebateQuestions on how training of communication officers will be carried out;Cooperation with Commission representations and relays useful;Should the message be common or is there the need that the public distinguishes between different funds?Journalist training: be specific on stories, not so much on technical details;Communication one way? How about involving the public in a more interactive way?
4 1 A ConclusionsWe start from a communication challenge: people do not knowNo standardised communication, different situations require different approaches, but guidelines/communication tools for communication officers and beneficiaries would be helpfulEvaluation matters and helps to make better choices (SWOT);Bringing actors together and pooling resources is important, i.e. use Commission Representations and information relays (Europe Direct);Giving content to the campaigns (brands, common logos; stories)Good feed-back measures are crucial.
5 Workshop 1.B. Helping beneficiaries communicate Chair: Eddy Hartog, Head of Unit, European Commission, Directorate General for Regional Policy, Thematic Development and Impact UnitEuropean Funds Fairs – Ewelina Budzinska-Gora, Silesia Marshal's Office, PolandMake it sexy! Communication best practice - Jean-Christophe Binetti, Convis Consult & Marketing GMBH, GermanyMedia Training for Voluntary and Community Sector Beneficiaries - Richard Holmes, Objective 1 Programme Directorate, Government Office for Yorkshire and The Humber, UKCo-Operation of Managing Authority of CSF and Final beneficiaries for the fulfilment of communication strategy – EviPanagiotakopoulou, Ministry of National Economy and Finance, GreeceRapporteur: Sebastian Stetter, European Commission, Directorate General for Employment, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities, ESF Coordination Unit
6 1B Debate How to transmit information on the funds to beneficiaries? How to encourage them to communicate effectively on the projects?How to support and guide beneficiaries?Tips:Declare communication activities as eligible expenseConnect beneficiaries with mediaEfficient media trainings for beneficiaries can pay off in the no-cost presenceof beneficiaries and projects in the media
7 1B ConclusionsUnderstand your beneficiaries and involve them in the communication processBeneficiaries are necessary for you to relay information to the public, especially the one on the EU contribution to the regional development, but…..to communicate that, you need to convince themProvide useful guidelines: handbooks, web-based platforms for management of communication actions.Make your own communication visible, to convince beneficiaries to do the same15 seconds messages from the speakers:We are one continent, one people. We are here to help you make your life betterInvest in your future. Tell us the story!Go ahead together!You want to grow – do it with the EU money! It’s all in your hands!
8 Workshop 1.C. Informing the public Chair: Ana Paula Laissy, Adviser to the Director General, European Commission, Directorate General for Regional Policy, Relations with the Civil SocietyNation-wide publicity campaigns in little Estonia - Kristi Jõesaar and Annika Vilu, Ministry of Finance, EstoniaAndalusian experience - María Goretti Minaya Llatas, Andalusia, SpainPolish experience, Integrated Regional Operational Programme – Rafal Nowak, Ministry for Regional Development, PolandESF publicity campaign – films - Dominique Jeremiasz, Head of Communication, Ministry of Employment and Solidarity, FranceExperience of the Commission Representation in Budapest - Kinga Kollar, Commission Represenation in Budapest, HungaryRapporteur: Christian Juliusson, European Commission, Directorate General for Regional Policy, Lithuania, Sweden and Denmark Unit
9 1C DebateEstonia: Too many information sources? Road show visited 15 regions three times. TV programmes emphasised humour.Brochures included Russian versions very important in Baltic States.Andalusia: Interest has prolonged journal. Web page, clips and kids programmes.Poland: role of Euro Jargon. Importance of co-ordinating info points.Role of outsourcing?France: 45 second public service clips. Important simple homogeneous coherent messages.Hungary: Use of alternate channels. Joint communication planwith Government
10 1C ConclusionsHow co-operate with often sceptical, anti propaganda (esp. public sector) TV stations?Video on web?How far can ministries trust out sourcing?Important to share specifications with all parties.How to handle Jargon? (Ignore or simplify?)What is the cost of TV clips?How do we contact journalists who publish for free?Involvement of intermediate bodies.Important to keep the approach simple.
11 Workshop 2.A. Transparency – presenting beneficiaries and projects Chair: Michael Niejahr, Head of Unit, European Commission, Directorate General for Agriculture and Rural Development, Coordination of horizontal questions concerning the clearance of accountsTransparency in agricultural policy – Nacereddine Sekri, European Commission, Directorate General for Agriculture and Rural DevelopmentTransparency in Latvia – Sanda Rieksta, Ministry of Finance, LatviaTransparency for ESF in Flanders - David Mellaerts, ESF-agentschap Flanders, BelgiumL’application du principe de transparence au sein du programme INTERREG III B Sud-ouest européen: avantages et outils - Isabelle Roger, Joint Secretariat INTERREG III B South West of Europe, SpainA project database on Internet - Malin Lingefelt, Information officer, Objective 2 South Sweden and Objective 2 Swedish Islands, SwedenRapporteur: Dominique Be, European Commission, Directorate General for Employment, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities, ESF Coordination
12 2A DebateQ: How to safeguard the accurateness of project information on the internet presentation? A: Use databases linked to management systemsQ: Are applications equally applied throughout the INTERREG programmes? A: Yes, as far as the B-strand is concernedData protection issues? …managed at project level…
13 2A ConclusionsPublication of final beneficiaries‘ lists on the internet does exist already to a quite sophisticated degree (Latvia; INTERREG, Flanders; South Sweden/Swedish Islands) while applications and content variesChallenge: attracting media by content and means is not an easy task as well as reaching the public and legitimising the actionImportant: Re-use existing information and make it searchable (database)Make it attractive and user-friendly by combining text and e.g. maps, photosPaper is not dead!Looking ahead: develop and provide common tools based on best practices
14 Workshop 2.B. Going beyond press releases: media relations, how should we tell the story? Chair: Eva Kaluzynska, Spokesperson for Regional Policy, European Commission, Directorate General for CommunicationBuilding media relationships - Carleen Kelemen and Mark Yeoman, Objective One Partnership for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, UKGuidelines about the organisation of a press office on structural funds - Claudia Salvi, FORMEZ, ItalyPutting the media in its place - Roger Hope, Communications Manager, Special EU Programmes Body, UKExperience of the Commission Representation in France - Maria Kokkonen, Head of Press Service, Commission Representation in FranceRapporteur: Ulla Ropponen, European Commission, Directorate General for Regional Policy, Territorial Co-operation unit
15 2B DebateNorthern Ireland: Between awareness and commitment. Readers no longer trust press. Aim at commitment. Texting, blogging, silver surfers. Great lovers= great communicators(?) or vice versaItaly: Press offices in MA; cheap and effective but hard to control. Professional help. Human interest. Brief media. Simple language.Job and task description (maintain trustworthy, credible relations.)Cornwall: The facts (I wasn’t aware…) Regular, reliable, easy to access. Objective One delivers…Understand the news cycle…EC Rep in France: Direct contact with press. Local anchorage, visuals. Free press exploding. Find a hero. Use appropriate language. Day to day, real life stories.
16 2B ConclusionsImages, anchorage, presence. How benefit from EU reps? Must analyse way message comes across.Employ a journalist! They know what is needed. The real news is word of mouth: what beneficiaries say. And don’t forget the memory/history. It is what gives the experience. Freeze the web.Maximise professional skills. Involve media from the start, train them. Monitor all activities. Remember people are the champions. Communicate unto others as you would be communicated unto…Work at project level, recognise differences between national/regional information needs.Make good use of the Reps networks.
17 Workshop 2.C. Structural funds and the internet Chair: Raphaël Goulet, Head of Unit, European Commission, Directorate General for Regional Policy, Strategic programming and relations with the EP, the CoR and the EESCUsing internet sites to inform potential beneficiaries and the public: the Greek experience - Ivana Doulgerof, CSF Management Organisation Unit SA, GreeceSingle Window eCommunication - Peter Farago, National Development Agency, HungaryInnovative ways of reaching out to stakeholders - Kirsti Mijnhijmer, Interreg IIIB/IVB North Sea Region Programme, DenmarkEuropa-MV.de – a regional one-stop-shop for EU-funding and networking – Wolf Born, Deputy Director, Mecklenburg–Vorpommern Information Office to the EURapporteur: John Walsh, European Commission, Directorate General for Regional Policy, Thematic Development and Impact
18 2C Debate Can internet help us and how? Is it the appropriate tool to communicate the Cohesion Policy tobeneficiaries and general public?Should our communication strategy be web-based only?What changes in comparison to the previous programming period?Various uses of internet
19 2C ConclusionsThe internet cannot be a sole means of communication, it must be integrated in the whole communication strategy and supported by other information measures.Internet provides a medium to pass messages to different user target groups. Effective use requires that the target groups are clearly identified, clear messages and adapted materials are developed.Good internet sites can act as effective multipliers for implementing bodies. Once they realise this advantage, they can commit more to servicing the site.Internet allows and, at the same time obliges to be creative. Use it!Tips:All data must be presented in simple, jargon free languageKeep texts short. Use subpages to develop detailsKeep information accurate and timelyEnsure coherent design and clear navigation featuresBe aware that users browse webpages – use more photos and graphics
20 Workshop 3.A. Networks: working together on communication Chair: Georgios Markopouliotis, Head of Unit, European Commission, Directorate General for Communication, Geographical CoordinationGrowing with Europe - from Murcia via Brussels to Burgenland - Sonja Seiser, Regionalmanagement Burgenland GmbH, AustriaNetworking for success communication: past experiences for the future Plan - Anna Maria Linsalata, Regione Emilia-Romagna, ItalyPractices and experiences from Europe Direct network - Claire Sarda Vergès, Europe Direct Pyrénées Languedoc Roussillon, FranceNetworking in the UK and at the Community level - James Ritchie, European Social Fund Division, Department for Work and Pensions, United KingdomRapporteur: Charles White, European Commission, Directorate General for Regional Policy, Information and Communication Unit
21 3A DebateBurgenland: adaptation of the “Crecemos con Europa” game: a kind of Regional Policy trivial pursuits. Humour, entertainment.Emilia Romagna: Involving all partners at an early stage in setting up. Goal oriented approach for new period.Languedoc: The achievements of Europe Direct in demystifying Brussels and relating message to everyday life.UK, ESF networks The importance of contacts in a multi level situation with players of all kinds. Aiming for real value added from the network
22 3A Conclusions You can save money by holding meetings! Networking really helps but must be properly managed.Humour is as essential as correctly targeting the interest groups.Communication on the funds, its successes, stars and winners may not overcome.Euroscepticism, but constant openness and honesty can help.Evaluating success by hard indicators is probably not realistic. But the new period sees constant reporting.What more can the Commission do? Keep INFORM as informal as possible…
23 Workshop 3.B. Cooperation with the Commission Representations and other information relays Chair: Thierry Daman, Head of Unit, European Commission, Directorate General for Regional Policy, Information and Communication UnitExperience of the Commission Representation in the UK – Sarah Lambert, Commission Representation in LondonExperience of the Commission Representation in Germany – Barbara Steffner, Commission Representation in BerlinEurope Direct Hungary - Barbara Kerner, Europe Direct Baranya County/Pécs, HungaryEurope Direct Denmark - Niels Chresten Andersen, Head of Europe Direct Bornholm, DenmarkRapporteur: Wolfgang Petzold, European Commission, Directorate General for Regional Policy, Information and Communication Unit
24 3B DebateCan Commission representations coordinate devolved EU programmes efficiently?Complicated terminology and institutional setting: Are Operational Programmes something for hospitals?Are toilets for tourists (EU financed) something to speak about?Can more be learnt from networks such as those coordinating e.g. former Community Initiatives?What happens once the funding declines? How to communicate the broader picture? Does the “solidarity“ narrative work?Do overall messages matter given the diversity of target groups?
25 3B ConclusionsInformation has to be part of the programme management; we have to know each otherMost efficient: proactive and local communication based on results;Communication partnership with Commission Representations and information relays has become an obligation under the Implementing Regulation…but still needs to be put into practice;To be clarified: which mutual benefit exist between MAs and Commission representations?Involve with regional authorities managing the structural funds more often, earlier and based on strategic planning;Timing of programmes/projects matters;
26 Workshop 3.C. Crossing borders – communicating Cohesion Policy across Europe Chair: Ann-Kerstin Myleus, European Commission, Directorate General for Regional Policy, Territorial Co-operation UnitUnderstanding communication - A clear and consistent message - Henrik Josephson, The Interreg IVB North Sea Region Programme, DenmarkBuilding the CENTRAL Community - enabling and monitoring beneficiaries - Claus Schultze, CENTRAL EUROPE Programme JTS, AustriaExperience from INTERREG IIIA/TACIS: Telling the Lithuanian, Polish and Russian story - Giedrius Surplys, INTERREG Joint Technical Secretariat, LithuaniaRapporteur: Peter Fischer, European Commission, Directorate General for Regional Policy, Information and Communication Unit
27 3C DebateHow to embed communication in the project implementation cycle: project leaders lose most of their energy on reporting to the authorities.How to engage message carriers at project level? : seminars, trainings, publicity tool kits, etcINTERREG programmes are often about producing knowledge. It is more difficult to communicate than infrastructural projects. Communicators’ tasks should be to sell it well, and also to accumulate it and promote, to allow for building it up, also at the Community level.In the territorial cooperation programmes, you need to rely in conveying your message to the media and public on project developers, since they know the local environment and can access media more easily
28 3C ConclusionsWorking and communication environment is very different for each programme, especially in the territorial cooperation = there is no one size fits all approach to communication.First task of communication manager is to root in the importance of communication in their own organisations.Communication adds value to your programme – always sell this message! (attracts more funding, better projects and better people to work for the projects and for your organisation).Do not confuse information with communication! Explain and tailor the right information!