European Scholarships for Journalists, 2015 edition

The European Commission Representation in Bucharest, Freedom House Romania and Mercury360 Communications are pleased to announce that the entry submission period for the 2015 edition of “European Scholarships: Journalists in Dialogue” is now open.

The program is addressed to journalists from the Romanian local press – print, online, radio, TV -, as well as to Romanian bloggers and freelancers, that manifest interest for European themes and positioning Romania in the European Union.


Until the 27th of February 2015 you can sign up to be selected for the program, by submitting to Freedom House Romania a maximum of two articles, analyses, reports or posts that were created and published in 2014, and in which you approached themes of European relevance.

On the 6th of March 2015, we will announce the names of the selected participants.

Between March and October 2015, we will organize six one-day seminars in various Romanian cities.

Together with the Head of the European Commission Representation in Bucharest, Ms. Angela Filote, and other speakers with expertise in the field, we will debate upon contemporary European themes and evolution in the realms of politics, economics and regional security, which have impact in Romania.

10 of the participants to the seminars will be further selected for visits or study visits in Bruxelles.

In order to participate in the selection process, please take the following steps:

1. fill in the electronic entry form, download Inscriere_selectie_BEJD_2015

2. submit maximum two articles, analyses, reports or posts that treated European thematic, created and published in 2014.

The entry form, filled in electronic format and the editorial products that you wish t submit for the selection are to be sent by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , with a copy to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , until the 27th of February 2015.


Please mention the following in the title of the email:

Sign up [name] [surname] BEJD 2015



Laura Constantin

Event coordinator

Freedom House România




The Romanian Fiscal Agency's Raid on RISE Project – An Attempt to Intimidate the Press

The Romanian Fiscal Agency's Raid on RISE Project – An Attempt to Intimidate the Press

We are deeply concerned about the Romanian Agency for Fiscal Administration's (ANAF) raid on the reputed investigative journalism platform RISE Project, which we feel was an attempt to intimidate and silence the press. The context in which this “random” ANAF inspection took place (on Thursday, July 6th, exactly on the day when the journalists were announcing the publication of a new episode from their investigative report series regarding the PSD leader and the second day after Liviu Dragnea had publicly cast doubt upon the sources of RISE Project’s financing), as well as the unconvincing explanations of the ANAF leadership indicate that we are dealing with a show of force meant to pressure journalists and the free press through a state-run body. Such practices are often met in the former Soviet space controlled by Vladimir Putin and in Recep Tayyp Erdogan’s Turkey and they are incompatible with the values of a member state of the European Union and of NATO.

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