The Open Europe report “The hard sell:
EU communication policy and the campaign for hearts and minds”
Detailing the billions of euros a year the EU spends promoting itself and its central aim of ‘ever closer union’ has been attacked by the EU Communication department /propaganda ministry although on the one hand Joe Hennon, Speaking for Margot Wallström EU Communication Commissioner rejected Open Europe’s research, he argued that EU culture, citizenship and education projects which promote European integration did so because the commitment to an ever-closer union “is in the treaties”.
Let me see… he first rejects the research detailing the amount the EU spends on
The Propaganda Budget and then admits the EU is spending on propaganda to comply with one line in the preamble to the Treaties. Hennon might object to the term propaganda but the answer is in the question if the EU is spending to promote ever closer union then propaganda is the correct term.
Open Europe reports that Hennon denied trying to discredit the research by sending an email to Swedish journalists describing the organisation as being “to the right of the British Conservative Party” and also disputed Open Europe’s claim to be independent Lorraine Mullally confirmed the Open Europe receives no funding from political parties or the EU which she said was in sharp contrast to many of the organisations listed in Open Europe’s research, which are heavily subsidised by the EU and yet state very clearly on their websites that they are independent.
This from a report on a debate in Brussels other speakers included the European Movement’s Hendrik Kröner, Chris Heaton-Harris MEP and Stern Journalist Hans-Martin Tillack, who was arrested at the instigation of EU authorities after investigating EU fraud, but later cleared. Mr Tillack described how the staff in the Commission’s DG Communication were behind the rumours which first lead to his arrest.
The debate was reported on Belgian Radio 1, where Willy Hélin, Head of the Representation of the European Commission in Belgium, said the research was “totally mad”, Open Europe’s Pieter Cleppe said that that Open Europe’s figure of 2.4 billion euros spent by the EU is “most likely seriously underestimated as the EU is not open about who it funds”, adding ”
it is just not healthy that the EU funds its own cheerleaders
- We have a communications problem
- Not Propaganda
- EU Can Not Do Propaganda
- Another load of our money goes on EU propaganda
- Support for the EU at rock-bottom
- The EU Controls its Propaganda
- The Elite Liars
- One Stop Propaganda Shops
Originally posted 2009-01-28 13:54:16. Republished by Blog Post Promoter