Who we are
We are a non-profit network of journalists and media professionals from all-over Europe who love our continent and care about its future. We believe that by embracing the legacy of Jean Monnet, Robert Schuman, Alcide De Gasperi, Konrad Adenauer and more than 60 years ago Europe embarked on a unique historic journey to unification, peace, democracy and prosperity showing the direction of development and an example to follow for the whole of mankind.
We are convinced that this road has no alternative and support it by our writings, speaking and publications and through specific constructive and useful discussions on a variety of subjects, plans and projects among our members in many European countries with the participation of politicians and highly qualified professional and experts.
The aim or our organization from its very beginning in 1962 is to promote the great European idea about unification, to help the rapprochement of European nations, to extend the scope of European integration because we believe that sooner or later Europe can and should speak in one voice on a par with other world great powers.
We consider that the values of European civilization forged through centuries of endurance and suffering should be preserved and enriched by developing prospective cooperation and by attracting neighboring countries and regions with whom we share a common history, who share the same values and who wish to go along the same road.
We want to live in a Europe without borders, embracing solidarity, in a Europe where the richer are assisting the poorer to overcome their lagging behind, but preserving their national identity and multicultural diversity. We believe that Europe should be united in diversity.
We stand for reasonable and just policies for economic and social prosperity. We want common and acceptable to all rules which make easier the life, interaction and communication between Europeans.
At the same time we are critical of European institutions and officials in Brussels who tend to forget that United Europe is for the people and that too much bureaucracy is an evil which turns people away from European ideals and dreams. We regard the European idea and the great European project as something which needs constant inspiration, sincere input and strong impulses if it is to succeed.
We think that United Europe of the future should be a home for all Europeans, because security and prosperity in Europe are indivisible and our historical background originates from the same cradle. This is why we are open for communication and dialogue with colleagues from all European countries.
We see and feel that the EU is at a critical stage of its development. Piling problems, internal tensions and strife threaten its very existence. We, the European Journalists, are alarmed at the prospects Europe is facing because of the lack of solidarity and visionary politicians.
Considering the always greater global challenges that we will face, we strongly advocate a courageous and farsighted politics for recasting both domestic and foreign finalités of the European Union which also enables it to have a pivotal role in promoting peace and stability worldwide.
We believe journalists have an important role to play in reviving the spirit, the legacy and the inspiring energy that the founding fathers of Europe bequeathed us. We are fighting the destructive forces of pessimism and doom predicting the demise of United Europe and a return to the politics of greed, rivalry, conflicts and war.
We believe that attention and care for the human personality is one of the most precious values of European civilization and Europe should remain global standard for respect of human rights and human dignity. We therefore see as disgusting the attitude of certain present day European politicians towards the tragedy of migrants fleeing bloody wars, military conflicts and desperate poverty in search for salvation and better life in Europe.
As journalists we stick to our position that media in Europe should uphold their role as one of the bulwarks of democracy and a critical corrective factor, as a mouthpiece of public opinion which opposes behind-the-scenes politics and stands for openness, for free information and tolerant discussion on all matters of public interest.
In the present crisis situation in Europe and the world we are struggling against the ever more increasing encroachment on media freedom and independence, for upholding the professional and democratic rights of journalists – a special breed of people with indispensable role in today’s society.
While at the beginning and for many years members of the Association used to be national sections of journalists, in 2006 we introduced individual memberships and this is in the conviction to overcome national limits towards a more involving and cross-boarder participation in a better European spirit.
Effective EJ members are now individual persons working as journalists and/or anyway in the media field in a European Union or the Council of Europe member country.
However, we have also nation sections whose members are anyway also EJ members.
Those not wishing to be effective members but feel motivated and interested in supporting the Association’s purposes and participating in its activities can be adherent members without the right to vote in the Assembly.
What we do
Bringing together people who practice journalistic and/or media activity in a member state of the European Union or of the Council of Europe who believe in the necessity of European integration on a democratic basis and who defend the freedom of the press and freedom of access to information.
All the EJ members are required to be committed to promoting European integration based on democracy and resolved to maintain the freedom of the press; for these purposes they are all invited to do all they cannot just to talk at people but also to speak with people, creating conditions so that citizens can express themselves on European subjects.
Involvement of journalist of countries and regions outside the European Union and the Council of Europe, especially neighboring countries, for promoting human relations and friendship useful for cooperation and a better understanding of the global significance of the European integration.
Support to networking among the Association’s members so that they can exchange opinions on European and other subjects and information required for providing more complete news and reports for the media they work for.
Facilitation of mutual friendship among EJ members also aimed to have good grasp of situations, cultures, traditions, political and institutional realities of different countries, thus creating a climate of a better mutual understanding.
Corporation in promoting the development of the journalistic profession, facilitating exchanges , contacts with institutes and centers of journalism and issuing scholarships for young students motivated in communicating Europe.
Facilitation of contacts with the European institutions for the EJ members.
Promotion and defense of the freedom of expression also operation with institutions and organizations specifically committed to this goal.
Promotion and organization of meetings and visits to European institutions and territorial realities in order to better know and understand European socioeconomic , institutional and political aspects.
Organization every year, as Association’s main events, of an international Congress on topical themes regarding the European integration.
We do all this within the realms of possibility.
If you are a journalist and share how aims and objectives and would like to join other colleagues in shaping a new Europe, fill in the Application form below