EU offers €48,000 a year to host EU propaganda centres in UK during Brexit process

EU offers €48,000 a year to host EU propaganda centres in UK during Brexit process

Further details have emerged about the scheme through which the EU is offering tens of thousands of euros to fund pro-EU ‘news centres’ in the UK as Britain leaves the EU.

BrexitCentral previously reported back in March on the scheme, which offers up to €48,000 per year to participating organisations.

The programme, funded by EU taxpayers, offers money only to organisations which agree to “convey the EU’s positions as accurately as possible”.

Partner organisations must write articles and contribute to TV and radio broadcasts in order to receive the funding which starts at a level of €24,000.

Beneficiaries are expected to organise events promoting EU information and can optionally open a ‘walk-in centre’ on the condition that EU material is on prominent display.

Despite claiming that the centres are impartial, the scheme only offers money to those who commit to ‘communicating on a Europe that protects, empowers and defends’ as Britain leaves the EU.

The scheme, organised by the European Commission, began in 2005 but one of the priorities for those now seeking funding is to provide information on Brexit negotiations.

There are currently 500 Europe Direct Information Centres across EU countries but the third incarnation of the programme will end in December 2017.

Despite Brexit being due to be completed in 2019, the European Commission is offering agreements with UK-based organisations that could last for three years, ending in 2021.

This is the fourth incarnation of the scheme.

You can read the European Commission documentation relating to the scheme by clicking clicking here.