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eu pr in the us December 10, 2009

Posted by Bradley in : eu , trackback

I heard, with some surprise, on the radio this afternoon that the EU (described as involving 27 countries, and with a reference to the eu website (and today there’s a link from the front page to an item on climate change)) is one of the funders of NPR. NPR didn’t say how much financial support the EU gave, so this may not involve much money, but it’s a bit more directed than the EU youtube channel (and, what’s more, directed at the US). I’m not sure what benefits the EU hopes to derive from this publicity either – the message didn’t really have any content. And I’m not sure how the expenditure relates to the EU’s objectives, which include the following language:

In its relations with the wider world, the Union shall uphold and promote its values and interests and contribute to the protection of its citizens. It shall contribute to peace, security, the sustainable development of the Earth, solidarity and mutual respect among peoples, free and fair trade, eradication of poverty and the protection of human rights, in particular the rights of the child, as well as to the strict observance and the development of international law, including respect for the principles of the United Nations Charter.

So maybe the announcements will stop after Copenhagen?

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