Partnership Programme

The EBU Partnership Programme (EPP) provides tailored assistance to Members in particular need of:

  • strategic consultancy (on development, media law, archiving or digital switchover, etc)
  • lobbying and representation (eg on finance or independance)
  • training 
  • political mediation

The EPP works in partnership with the broadcaster concerned in a spirit of solidarity, often with the support of the EUROVISION ACADEMY, fellow EBU Members and external organisations.

Operated from within the Director General's office, the EPP is supported by the  EBU Partnership Fund, an extra-budgetary reserve from past surpluses used to finance non-routine services to Members facing limited resources or challenging political circumstances.

The EPP Programme is also supported by grants from the European Union and other international organisations that recognise the importance of public service media to democracy in Europe.

Who qualifies?

While any EBU Member may request services, the EPP exists primarily to serve those with very limited financial resources. Members seeking assistance that goes beyond routine services provided by the EBU may request services, in keeping with the Union's public service media values.

The EPP assesses eligible Members by taking into account different indicators, including:

  • World Bank statistics*
  • EBU membership fee units paid
  • Member's operating expenditure as a proportion of the country's GDP

*The EPP recognises that Members’ circumstances sometimes change more rapidly than the available official statistics. In such cases, the EPP uses their discretion in consultation with the Chief Financial and Administrative Officer and the Director General of the EBU.

Members seeking assistance should contact David Lewis or Radka Betcheva to ascertain their category of eligibility.

Depending on the nature of the service provided, approved requests may be funded either wholly by the EPP, together with the EPP and the requesting Member, or be totally financed by the Member.

Scholarships

The EBU Partnership Programme (EPP) offers two different types of scholarships to candidates of EPP-eligible Members:

Curricular scholarships

For candidates who wish to participate in courses run by the EUROVISION ACADEMY, which their organisations would be otherwise unable to afford. More information is available on the EUROVISION ACADEMY scholarship page.

Mentoring scholarships

For media professionals who wish to gain experience through a mentoring scheme with a fellow EBU Member broadcaster. The EPP finds willing and qualified experts to mentor candidates. This involves three stages:

  1. Assessment - the mentor visits the candidate at their workplace
  2. Research - the candidate visits the mentor at their organisation
  3. Implementation stage - the candidate implements new skills accordingly, with follow-up advice from the mentor when necessary.

For more info on mentoring scholarships, contact David Lewis.

How We Have Helped

Since 2009, the Programme has provided eligible Members with:

  • access to 700 hours of high-quality European programmes made available by fellow EBU Members
  • in-depth consultancies on strategy development
  • mentoring in a specific field from one Member expert to a counterpart
  • scholarships for training through the EUROVISION ACADEMY
  • legal and technical advice from the relevant EBU Departments
  • representation of the Member’s political and financial interests at the highest government levels.

Contacts

David Lewis
Head of Member Relations and EBU Partnership Programme
with particular responsibility for Eastern Europe
lewis@ebu.ch 
T +41 22 717 2002
Giacomo Mazzone
Head of Institutional Relations
with particular responsibility for Southern Europe and smaller EBU Members
mazzone@ebu.ch
T +41 22 717 2013

Radka Betcheva
Senior Project Manager,
EBU Partnership Programme
betcheva@ebu.ch
T +41 22 717 2006

Christel Goossens
Project Coordinator
goossens@ebu.ch
T +32 2 286 91 13

   

 

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