The European Data Journalism Network – EDJNet is a new data-driven endeavour aimed at supporting European journalists in the coverage of European issues, and at providing the general public with valuable editorial tools for better understanding Europe. EDJNet has been set up by a consortium of European media outlets led by Osservatorio Balcani e Caucaso Transeuropa (Italy) and VoxEurop (France). For three years, EDJNet transnational board will produce data-driven news in up to 12 languages, develop automated tools to increase newsrooms’ productivity and exploit existing data-driven resources, and provide tailored, on-demand advice on data-journalism applied to EU affairs. From October 2017, the content and services produced by EDJNet will be available for free through a specific multilingual and open source website www.edjnet.eu, and on EDJNet partners’ own website.
ESVEI tackles structural issues that in recent years are increasing the vulnerability to external interference of democratic processes, taking Italy as a case study. It aims at increasing awareness, initiating policy debates, and providing sensible, forward-looking policy recommendations in three domains that are central to democratic processes in modern societies, but that, due to inadequate regulations and poor practices, needlessly expose such processes to meddling: social media and disinformation; transparency of funding and lobbying; cybersecurity.
The technical innovations connected to the exploitation of big data, along with new laws such as GDPR, are radically changing the ICT scenario inside and outside the European Union. Panelfit is a European network of 13 organisations, working in different fields, who work together in order to take advantage of the technological opportunities of these processes without compromisingthe citizens’ security and fundamental rights. Panelfit addresses ethical and legal issues focusing on three main areas: data commercialization, informed consent on the use of personal data, security and cybersecurity issues. OBCT, in line with its continuous activity of information about different aspects and issues of the European landscape, takes part in PANELFIT reference point of the European Data Journalism Network, in order to foster the journalistic coverage and the debate around the project themes.
The project European Centre for Press and Media Freedom (ECPMF) aims to protect press freedom and to promote transnational public debate on violations registered in the European Union, the Enlargement and the Eastern Partnership countries. In 2018, the project enters its fourth year of activity thanks to the renewed support by the European Commission.
The project aims to offer university students a better understanding of European foreign policy matters, with particular focus on Southeastern European and Eastern Partnership countries. It includes interactive seminars that are also streamed online for a wider audience, internship opportunities at Osservatorio Balcani Caucaso Transeuropa (OBCT), and a students' blog. The project is promoted by the Jean Monnet Excellence Centre of the University of Trento in cooperation with Osservatorio Balcani Caucaso Transeuropa and with the support of the European Union.
The project NeverAgain: Teaching Transmission of Trauma and Remembrance through Experiential Learning seeks to test new experiential methodologies to deal with traumas of the past present in our societies.
The project is coordinated by SELMA: Centre for the Study of Storytelling, Experientiality and Memory of the University of Turku (Selma Centre) and cofinanced by the programme "Europefor citizens" in the European Union. Partners include both academic actors like the universities of Regensburg, Copenhagen, and Vilnius and NGOs like Patrir, Cluj, and TPO, Sarajevo.
The Jean Monnet Module The EU and the political development in South-East Europe / EUSEE is a three-year project [2015-2018] sponsored by the Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence of the University of Trento in collaboration with OBC Transeuropa, and with the support of the European Union. The Module will help students acquire in-depth, first-hand knowledge about the South-east European region and its Europeanization process through a variety of educational tools and activities.
Twenty-five years after the outbreak of the Yugoslav wars, much still needs to be done to integrate the memories of this chapter of recent history in the reflection about the wider European space of memory. THE TESTIMONY - TRUTH OR POLITICS is a project aiming to publicly reflect on the Yugoslav dissolution, placing centre stage individual testimonies of those who experienced the conflict, taking sides or opposing resistance to it.
Research project carried out by OBC Transeuropa and CeSPI , with the support of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation – MAECI (extraordinary contribution as per ex art. 2 of law 948/82), within the framework of the Berlin Process for the European integration of the Western Balkans. Goal: to monitor and gather inputs from the Civil Society Forum and the European think-tanks that met to prepare the Trieste inter-governmental summit (July 12th, 2017)
The project "Parliament of Rights" aims to contribute to a better understanding of the role of the European Parliament in the Union's democratic life and in the definition of European policies for fundamental rights.
In October 2014, the EU launched its Macro-Regional Strategy for the Adriatic-Ionian area, EUSAIR. One year later, OBC and CeSPI analysed its first steps, challenges and opportunities, in the frame of the project “The Adriatic-Ionian macro-region: a hurdle process. The start of the Adriatic-Ionian Regional Strategy in the perspective of Italian foreign policy and the European integration of the Western Balkans”, funded by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation (MAECI).
The research project "Italy and the Balkans between national and European leadership interests: the Italian role in the EU enlargement process to the Balkans" is promoted by OBC Transeuropa and the Fondazione Circolo Fratelli Rosselli with the financial support of the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation (MAECI). Within the framework of this project, OBC carried out the analysis "Unavoidable Enlargement? Bosnia Herzergovina and Kosovo towards EU integration".
Press freedom and freedom of expression have a crucial role for the functioning of democratic societies. Despite this, in Europe journalists are threatened, censured or intimidated and this affects the citizens' right to information. OBC, together with SEEMO , Ossigeno Informazione , Professor Eugenia Siapera (Dublin City University) and a broad network of media partners in 11 European countries, devoted a year to studying the challenges to press freedom and the needs of journalists in Italy, South East Europe and Turkey. The project "Safety Net for European Journalists. A Transnational Network Support for Media Freedom in Italy and South-east Europe" is co-financed by the European Union.
In a European Union hit by an economic crisis as never before in its history, the Parliament is the only institution directly elected by the European citizens. For this reason, the European elections in May 2014 have been a unique moment for strengthening – through participation – the European political project. Through BeEu, OBC and 7 other media partners in 6 European countries (Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Greece, Romania and Slovenia) contributed, with in-depth news, multimedia and online debates, to stimulate the debate on the activities and decisions of the Parliament on the most crucial themes for Europe's future. The project was co-financed by the European Union within the framework of the European Parliament's communication programs.
During the Balkan conflicts in the Nineties, tens of thousands Italian citizens took part in humanitarian intervention, volunteering in support of war-affected populations. OBC investigated this mobilization, its implications for the Italian civil society and transnational activism, producing journalistic in depth coverage and academic analyses. The research project “We were striving for peace”, carried out in 2014 with the support of the Caritro Foundation and the Autonomous Province of Trento, focused on this important chapter in the European social and political history.
Led by OBC and supported by the European Commission/DG Enlargement, in 2013 "Tell Europe to Europe" brought together 11 media partners in Italy, Slovenia, Spain and Bulgaria committed to animating and widening the public debate on today’s Europe, the Enlargement process and the Europe of the future. The project fostered the creation of a transnational area for analysis and debate about European Enlargement through a wide array of formats on the web, in cinemas, on the radio, in schools, universities and public events.
The project "Tells Europe to Europe" was co-financed by the European Union in 2013.
In 2013, OBC concluded the three-year decentralised cooperation programme “SeeNet II - a transnational network for cooperation between Italy and South-East Europe”, co-funded by the Italian Ministry for Foreign Affairs, 6 Italian regions and the Autonomous Province of Trento.
During the action, OBC regularly carried out in-depth analyses and spread information on the socio-political contexts in South-Eastern Europe and on the thematic areas covered by the programme, working with the main actors of the Italian decentralised cooperation and 47 local authorities in the Western Balkans.
In the Caucasus, a new generation is growing with no direct memories of the USSR. They try to build their own future, looking for a job and often playing an active role in politics. They use the internet to stay in touch with each other and to organise social actions. In the northern Caucasus, the Russian government tries to fight unemployment and extremist movements supporting entrepreneurship and patriotism. In the South Caucasus, young people play an active role in the political life of their country, often struggling against those in power.
The research project “Youth in the Northern Caucasus: associationism, identity, and patriotism in a complex, multi-ethnic context”, was carried out in 2011 thanks to the support by the Caritro Foundation.
A research project focusing on the impact of migration on children's rights in South East Europe, with field work conducted by anthropologist Cristina Bezzi in the area of Romanian Moldavia, a region heavily interested by the phenomenon of migration.
Implemented in 2011 within the European research project "Children rights in action" led by the association The Tree of Life, this post-doctoral research was supported by the Caritro Foundation.
A research and dissemination project focusing on the cultural and social history of South East Europe through the study of one of its most interesting industries: cinema. Interviews with directors, screenwriters, actors, technicians and producers build up a composite picture of the "seventh art" through the narratives of individuals who took part in it, presented in the publication of the book "The art of cinema in the Balkans".
The project was implemented in 2008 with the support of the Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio of Trento and Rovereto.
With the AestOvest project, OBC carried out an in-depth analysis of the past and the present of the Upper Adriatic, the border area between Italy, Slovenia and Croatia, examining this region's common historical experience and conflicting memories. The project, which is part of OBC’s long term commitment to analyze the reconciliation process in the Balkans, resulted in a multimedia DVD for schools, a dedicated section within OBC website.
The "AestOvest project. Memories intersection of Fascism, Communism and Nazism. From the Italian-Yugoslav border to European internal borders", has been implemented in 2008 thanks to a co-financing of the Autonomous Province of Trento and the European Union - Program "Europe for citizens 2007-2013".
A research and dissemination project on the places of memory of the Second World War in former Yugoslavia. The role, meaning and transformation of memorials are examined through contributions and interviews with the designers of the most significant memorials of the former Yugoslavia, scholars and European intellectuals who have dealt with the theme of memory and of the wars of the '90s. The project culminated with the the international conference "Bad Memories " and the presentation of the documentary "The circle of remembrance". Implemented in 2007, the action was supported by the DG Education and Culture of the European Commission and the Autonomous Province of Trento.
OBC has developed the Database Re.Te., a tool to explore the reality of Italian decentralized cooperation with South-East Europe. The database collects the projects carried out in the area and the local agreements signed by local authorities on the two sides of the Adriatic.
The project started in 2003 under Seenet Programme I - "Local governments engines of development", running from 2003 to 2006 and promoted by the Tuscany Region and the Istrian Region and co-funded by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.