BIRN Book Launch in Romania

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BIRN Romania on December 13 launched the book “Moving on: Overcoming Barriers to a European Future” at the Center for Independent Journalism in Bucharest.

Representatives of local media, various NGOs, as well as friends of the organization attended the presentation.

BIRN Romania Director Marian Chiriac spoke about the Fellowship and announced next year’s programme, encouraging local young journalists to apply for it.

Romanian fellow, Bogdan Asaftei, gave an overview of his article and findings. In his investigation, Bogdan addressed the issue of social effects following relocation of some Western companies to Eastern Europe.

The event also provided an opportunity to announce BIRN’s commercialisation plans.

The Balkan Fellowship for Journalistic Excellence, an initiative of the Robert Bosch Stiftung and Erste Foundation, in cooperation with the Balkan Investigative Reporting Network, selects ten fellows annually to do research within a theme related to European integration. In 2007, this was ‘mobility’, and the fellows from throughout the region covered obstacles and opportunities to the movement of goods, people and ideas in a range of sectors, including labour markets, business, justice, transport, sport, education and culture. The results were published on November 16, online and in hard copy, in English, German and all main languages of the Balkans.