When Presseurop was launched in 2009, “the European Commissioner responsible for Communication, Margot Wallström, described it as ‘the expression of our desire to facilitate, to encourage and to support the creation of a European public forum for communication, discussion and debate'”, says Italian news web site Lettera 43. Today, says the website, despite the statements of respect and of its recognition by the experts and just a few months ahead of the May 2014 European elections, a time when citizens will need to be informed, to vote and to decide on the future of institutions, Brussels chooses to cut back on the flow of information.
“A window on the lives of Europeans is shut,” notes French Catholic daily La Croix. “It was held wide open by Presseurop,” says the paper, deploring a loss for the mutual understanding of the residents of the 28 countries, just six months before European elections in which Eurosceptics are expected to achieve a breakthrough.
“For four years, Europe had a fine and independent transnational media, says Dutch web site VillaMedia. The site, which specialises in media news, adds that Presseurop seemed like an excellent way to begin a dialogue and conversation between the EU and its citizens. […] Rather than giving it time to come to fruition, this precious project is being eliminated.
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