Press stories and outreach
Horizontal Action: B.
Osservatorio Balcani e Caucaso (OBC) supports the decentralized cooperation activities of its partners through the production of press stories on Programme themes – enhancement of cultural tourism, rural areas and the natural environment, support to small and medium enterprises, territorial planning and social services – on the socio-political contexts of South East Europe and on the European Union’s enlargement process.
|Leader: Autonomous Province of Trento||Territories involved: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia|
Institutional partners: all designated Italian and South East European
|Italian Technical partners: Osservatorio Balcani e Caucaso/Fondazione Opera Campana dei Caduti (OBC)|
BACKGROUND OF THE ACTION
For the past ten years Osservatorio Balcani e Caucaso (OBC) has been producing news and analyses on South East Europe, paying particular attention to decentralised international cooperation between the two shores of the Adriatic Sea. Furthermore, the Autonomous Province of Trento, leader of the Action, has almost 15 years’ experience in decentralized cooperation in South East Europe. Over time, the web portal www.balcanicaucaso.org has established itself at the Italian and European level with approximately 120.000 monthly readers, over 40 local correspondents, more than 13.000 in-depth articles, two newsletters (in Italian and English) with more than 8.000 subscribers, dozens of multimedia products, among which five documentary films produced and presented at European festivals, several scientific publications, an online data base on the Italian regional cooperation in the Balkans, several public events organized in Italy and Europe. Within the SeeNet Programme, OBC encourages the relations between Italian and South East European partners promoting the knowledge of South East European contexts and ongoing social and political transformations.
Osservatorio Balcani e Caucaso (OBC) supports the decentralized cooperation activities of its partners through the production of press stories on Programme themes – enhancement of cultural tourism, rural areas and the natural environment, support to small and medium enterprises, territorial planning and social services – on the socio-political contexts of South East Europe and on the European Union’s enlargement process. In particular, OBC produces and spreads news and analyses on the Countries involved in the Programme on a daily basis through articles, interviews, reports, thematic dossiers, multimedia audio and video products, paper publications, etc. in the main languages of the Programme. Furthermore, it encourages the visibility of cooperation initiatives by Italian and South East European partners, both through articles produced by the editorial staff and its correspondents, and the reworking of press releases and other information material gathered from the partners. Finally, OBC deals with a data base that explores and photographs the world of decentralised cooperation between Italy and South East Europe, with particular attention to long term relationships among the territories, involving institutions, communities, the business sector, civil society, academia, etc.
- The section dedicated to the territories, initiatives and activities of the SeeNet Programme created and updated on OBC’s website www.balcanicaucaso.org/Seenet
- The knowledge of the SeeNet partners and of the Italian, EU and South East European public on the specific issues of the Programme, on the territories involved and on the socio-economic and political contexts of Western Balkans has increased;
- The visibility of cooperation activities by the partners has increased, and the connections among the Actions of the Programme has been facilitated;
- The use and collection of information on long term relationships between Italian and South East European actors of decentralized cooperation have improved.