Portuguese EDCs participate in a seminar organized by the European Commission

The European Commission's Directorate-General of Communication held a seminar on the 2nd and 3rd of December (2019) for the European Documentation Centres (EDC) in which about 100 EDCs from EU Member States took part. Portugal’s EDCs included those of the Instituto Politécnico de Leiria, the Universidade da Madeira, the Universidade de Aveiro, the Universidade de Évora, the Universidade do Algarve, the Universidade dos Açores, the Universidade Católica Portuguesa - Lisboa and Porto, the Universidade Lusíada - Lisboa and Norte (Porto), represented by their Coordinators, Liliana dos Santos Gonçalves, Maria Iolanda Pereira, Margarida Almeida, António Cachopas, Maria João Barradas, Rolando Gonçalves, Ana Folque de Gouveia, Maria João Pinto, Helder da Rocha Machado, and Olinda Simões Martins,  respectively. This year, a Portuguese Europe Direct Information Centre (EDIC) was also invited, the EDIC from Alto Alentejo, represented by Ana Simão Pereira.

This year’s hot topic was the outreach of the EDC network to the academic community. After the opening addresses delivered by Dario Nardella, Mayor of Florence, and Prof. Renaud Dehousse, President of the European University Institute, the first round of parallel sessions included several reflections upon the best practices for strengthening contacts with key EDC network partners in order to involve the academic community more closely in the debate on the future of the European Union, namely practices for cooperating with host structures and academic staff, closer partnership with other Europe Direct networks, and joining forces with other EU networks.

This round was followed by a brainstorming session on views and ideas on how to forge closer partnership between EDCs and other networks, for a more efficient outreach. By the end of the session, EDCS gathered a number of ideas on how to promote a closer cooperation with academia, how to promote EU priorities, and how to overcome eventual obstacles to increase their outreach. The first day of the seminar concluded with a guided visit to the Historical Archives of the European Union.

On the last day of the event presentations focused on the Publication Office portal, on European programs, opportunities and resources for students and researchers, on a case study of information exchange between European Information Centers worldwide, and on the challenges of the EU web archive.

Closing the event, Alessandro Giordani, from the Directorate-General of Communication thanked the participation of the EDCs and stressed the importance of the network’s role in the promotion of an active European citizenship. It is a network with a key positioning - inside academic environment -, and a crucial partner to help reduce the gap between EU and its citizens, created by growing populism and Euroscepticism. The new Partnership Agreement, signed in 2008, invites EDCs to keep up to date on EU policies and programs and to stimulate debates and other initiatives on European topics within academia. In this regard, the European Commission will support such initiatives, but recognizes the limitations of each EDC. The Commission recommends EDCs to establish collaborative partnerships with EDICs and Team Europe and to promote the dissemination of EU initiatives such as the European Commission's latest priority, the European Green Deal.

Programme

Monday, 2 December 2019

08H00 - 09H00
  • Registration and welcome
09H00 - 09H10
  • Presentation of the program
    Moderators: Sheona Dorson-King abd John Macdonald
09H10 - 09H40
  • Welcome address
    Daria Nardella, Mayor of Florence
    Laura Agea, Undersecretary of State for European Affairs, Presidency of the Council of Ministers, Italy
    Prof. Renaud Dehousse, President of the European University Institute
09H40- 10H30
  • Strategic priorities for 2020-2024 - presentation followed by Q/A
    Richard Kühnel, Director for Representation and Communication in Member States, Directorate- General for Communication, European Commission
10H30 -11H15
  • The revamped EDC network as a bridge to the academic community - presenting conclusions of the Pan-European Working Group (PEWG) on outreach activities
    Alessandro Giordani, Head of Unit, Networks in the Member States Unit, Directorate- General for Communication, European Commission
    Hester Kroeze, EDC Ghent International Law Institute, Ghent University, member of the EDC Pan-European Working Group on Outreach Activities [training material]
    Georgia Christodoulou, EDC University of Nicosia, Cyprus, member of the EDC Pan-European Working Group on Outreach Activities [training material]
11H15 - 11H45
  •  Coffee break
11H45 - 12H45
  • Parallel working group sessions - Strengthening partnerships for a better outreach
  • Workshop 1 -  Best practices for cooperating with host structures and academic staff
    Moderator: Andrea Meszaros, Networks in the Member States Unit, Directorate-General for Communication, European Commission
  • Workshop 2 - Closer partnership with other Europe Direct networks
    Moderator: Niklas Noaksson, Networks in the Member States Unit, Directorate-General for Communication, European Commission
  • Workshop 3 - Joining forces with other EU outreach networks
    Moderator: Alessandro Giordani, Head of Unit, Networks in the Member States Unit, Directorate-General for Communication, European Commission
12H45 - 14H15
  • Lunch
14H15 - 15H30
  • What can my EDC do for improving outreach? Panel followed by open floor discussions
    Panellists: Ulrich Brückner, Jean Monnet Professor for European studies, Stanford University, Berlin Campus, member of the Team Europe Network and Kristien Vandamme, EDIC West-Flanders, Belgium
15H30
  • Departure from Palazzo dei Congressi 
16H00
  • Arrival at the Historical Archives of the European Union
16H00 - 16H30
  • Coffee-break
16H30 - 18H30
  • The Historical Archives of the European Union and the written memories of the European integration (HAEU Archives reading room)
    Gherardo Bonini, Ruth Mayer and Valérie Mathevon, Historical Archives of the European Union
  • The HAEU oral history and audio-visual collections
    Anne Bruch, Juan Alonso Fernandez and Catherine Previti, Historical Archives of the European Union
  • 70 years of the Schuman declaration
    Jacopo Cellini, Leslie Nancy Hérnandez Nova and Sabine Jenni, Historical Archives of the European Union
  • Guided visit to the archives repository vault
    Andrea Becherucci, Mary Carr, Evy Chiostri, Rachel Dutaud and Samir Musa, Historical Archives of the European Union
18H30 - 20H30
  • Dinner
    Host welcome: Ambassador Vincenzo Grassi, Secretary-General of the European University Institute and Dieter Schlenker, President of the Historical Archives of the European Union

Tuesday, 3 December 2019

08H00 - 09H00
  •  Registration
09H00 - 09H10
  • Presentation of the programme
    Sheona Dorson-King and John Macdonald
09H10 - 10H00
  • Publications Office portal - Your entry point to EU information [training material]
    Marina Tatarâm, Team Leader, Publication Office of the European Union
10H00 - 10H30
  •  Coffee break
10H30 - 11H30
  • Updates on EU opportunities for researchers and students
    Francesca Maltauro, Team Leader, Policy Coordination, Interinstitutional Relations, Communication and CWP Unit, Directorate-General for Education, Youth, Sport and Culture, European Commission [training material]
    Minna Wilkki, Head of Unit, Communication and Citizens Unit, Directorate-General for Research and Innovation, European Commission [training material]
    Marton Hajdu, Information and Communication Officer, Inter-institutional, International Relations and Outreach Unit, Joint Research Centre, European Commission [training material]
11H30 - 12H15
  • The international perspective - exchanges with European Information Centres
    Ghenadie Cojocaru, Community Mobilization Expert for EU Info Centers and Euroclubs Networks, EUi Chisinau, Moldova [training material]
    Iryna Deuschle, EUi East-Ukrainian National University, Severodonetsk, Ukraine [training material]
12H15 - 13H00
  • The web archive of the EU - Press and media digitization
    Els Breedstraet, Head of Sector, Long-term Preservation Unit, Publications Office of the European Union [training material]
    Juan Alonso, Representative of the Historical Archives of the European Union [training material]

13H00 - 13H15

  • Closing address
    Alessandro Giordani, Head of Unit, Networks in the Member States Unit, Directorate-General for Communication, European Commission
Portuguese delegation
  • Ana Folque de Gouveia
    Centro de Documentação Europeia
    Universidade Católica Portuguesa - Lisboa
  • Ana Simão Pereira
    Centro de Informação Europe Direct do Alto Alentejo
    Instituto Politécnico de Portalegre
  • António Chambel Cachopas
    Centro de Documentação Europeia
    Universidade de Évora
  • Helder da Rocha Machado
    Centro de Documentação Europeia
    Universidade Lusíada - Lisboa
  • Liliana dos Santos Gonçalves
    Centro de Documentação Europeia
    Instituto Politécnico de Leiria
  • Margarida Isabel Almeida
    Centro de Documentação Europeia
    Universidade de Aveiro
  • Maria Iolanda da Silva
    Centro de Documentação Europeia
    Universidade da Madeira
  • Maria João Barradas
    Centro de Documentação Europeia
    Universidade do Algarve
  • Maria João Pinto
    Centro de Documentação Europeia
    Universidade Católica Portuguesa - Porto
  • Olinda Simões Martins
    Centro de Documentação Europeia
    Universidade Lusíada - Norte (Porto)
  • Rolando Lima Lalanda Gonçalves
    Centro de Documentação Europeia
    Universidade dos Açores
Organization
  • Directorate-General for Communication
    European Commission
    Rue de la Loi 200
    1040 Brussels (Belgium)
    Tel.: +32 2 299 35 55
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