Brussels – The Slovenian Press Agency (STA) is one of the 16 European press agencies that will join forces in a common European press centre whose creation was announced on Monday by the European Commission in a bid to strengthen the European media space. The pan-European Newsroom will be supported with EU funds.
This will be “the first ever pan-European newsroom space, which will allow journalists to report jointly on EU affairs and promote, let’s say, a spirit of collaboration”, European Commissioner for Internal Market Thierry Breton said as he announced the new project at an event in Brussels on Monday.
The Commission will support the project with around EUR 1.76 million, which will be used, among other things, to finance training and set up a new multilingual website with selected texts on EU topics from participating news agencies, said the Commission.
The project is due to start in January, while the Newsroom is expected to become operational in mid-2022.
The STA’s acting director Igor Kadunc welcomed the project. “We are pleased that the European Commission has recognised the importance of news agencies in providing and disseminating credible information in Europe and the world, and we are proud that the STA is participating in this project,” he commented.
The project will be coordinated by the German news agency dpa. The other participating agencies are also AFP (France), ansa (Italy), AGERPRES (Romania), APA (Austria), ATA (Albania), Belga (Belgium), BTA (Bulgaria), HINA (Croatia), EFE and Europapress (Spain), TASR (Slovakia), FENA (Bosnia-Herzegovina), MIA (North Macedonia) and Tanjug (Serbia).