The Cyprus Presidency has come good on its word – namely to organise an event that will connect European bloggers with their Cypriot counterparts. The efforts of @BlogCyEu and @MyriaAntoniadou have paid off!
Branded under the Twitter hashtag #cy2012eublogs, the meeting will take place on 26 July in the Justus Lipsius building (Press Bar) at the seat of the Council of the EU in Brussels, from 09:30 to 14:00. Registration for the event is now open.
And CCMC will be there, for the simple reason that there is no other organisation in Cyprus that has been more active in promoting the use of social media for citizen participation in decision-making, and because it is the only inter-communal entity in Cyprus that supports activities relating to media which promote reconciliation in Cyprus. Our highly successful Buffer Zone Bloggers event last year was a great success in creating a space for bloggers from across the island to exchange ideas and best practices.
The politics of the division in Cyprus continue to hinder communication between the island’s two main communities, and discussion about the six-month Presidency has focused on the official rhetoric and posturing. Social media, and new media more generally, offer an alternative space for information and opinion exchange, a solution to the problem of effective communication that the mass media have tended to stifle over the years. This event represents an open forum for all Cypriots to have their voices heard at the European level, and offers a basis for constructive dialogue.
CCMC will be hosting a livestream of the event at its premises at the same time, in order to support the interactivity of the event, and open the floor to participants from Cyprus who will not have the chance to participate in Brussels.
The discussion will be structured around the four thematic priorities of the Presidency, but CCMC encourages bloggers and social media users to contribute their own ideas with the aim of broadening the discussion. The priorities, as set by the Cyprus Presidency, are:
Europe, more efficient and sustainable;
Europe, with a better performing and growth economy;
Europe, more relevant to its citizens, with solidarity and social cohesion;
Europe in the world, closer to its neighbours.
CCMC will be sending out more details on the livestream over the coming days, so stay tuned to our social media outlets for more information!