The European Commission represents the interests of the EU as a whole. It proposes new legislation to the European Parliament and the Council of the European Union, and it ensures that EU law is correctly applied by member countries.
The Commission’s other main roles are to set objectives and priorities for action, manage and implement EU policies and the budget, enforce European law (jointly with the Court of Justice), and to represent the EU outside of Europe.
The EC currently supports the following BIRN Hub programmes:
- Balkan Transitional Justice Initiative – supported through the Civil Society Facility and Media Programme 2016-2017 with a grant starting at the beginning of 2018.
- Resonant Voices Initiative in the EU – supported through the Civil Society Empowerment Programme. Main Implementer: Stichting Commission for International Justice and Accountability (CIJA) – Netherlands. Partners: BIRN Hub and Foundation Propulsion Fund – Serbia.
- Technical Assistance to Public Service Media in the Western Balkans – supported through a grant from the European Commission DG NEAR D.5 – in which BIRN Hub is a part of consortium led by the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ), and in cooperation with the European Broadcasting Union (EBU), the Austrian public broadcaster ORF, the European Federation of Journalists (EFJ), and the Office of the Eurovision News Exchange for South-East Europe (ERNO).
- Strengthening Quality News and Independent Journalism in the Western Balkans and Turkey – supported through a grant from the European Commission Directorate-General Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations. The main implementer is BIRN Hub and partners are Thomson Media gGmbH (TM), the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ), the European Broadcasting Union (EBU), Central European University (CEU CMDS), the Media Association of South-East Europe (MASEE), the Center for Investigative Journalism of Montenegro (CIN CG), the Independent Trade Union of Journalists and Media Workers in Macedonia (SSNM), BIRN Albania and BIRN Serbia.