The European Neighbourhood Council (ENC) in cooperation with Anadolu University (Eskişehir, Turkey) and with the support of Friedrich Naumann Foundation (FNF) Turkey, the Swedish Consulate in Istanbul and the Economic Development Foundation (IKV), organised a lecture entitled “European Media, Digitization and Funding”, which took place on the 25th of February 2019 at Anadolu University in Eskişehir.
The event is part of a series of lectures organised in Turkey by ENC in cooperation with local academic institutions and is the 2nd phase of a project entitled “Future values training: European sentiment in Turkey among opinion-shapers and youth leaders”. The project is rooted in the growing need to exchange ideas with Turkish public intellectuals, journalists, youth leaders and influential civil society members concerning Europe’s new ideas on societal development, private sector changes and the European Union’s (EU) global policy priorities and innovative strategies. The four young Turkish experts who visited Brussels for a week-long trainings and exchanges in December 2018 are delivering public lectures in Turkish in four academic institutions located in Istanbul, Ankara, Adana and Eskişehir in front of a large audience of young university students.
Prof. Dr. Erhan Eroğlu, Dean of Faculty of Communication Sciences at Anadolu University chaired the lecture and opened the floor for discussion. The ENC Managing Director Samuel Doveri Vesterbye, who delivered the keynote speech, talked about the Future of Europe and its impact on its geographical neighbours, including Turkey, focusing on problems, uncertainties and solutions in today’s Europe. Mr. Vesterbye, highlighted, among other things, the demographic slowdown in Europe, tax evasion by leaders and big companies, and the Refugee Crisis which is more of a perceived problem, not a real problem as the main challenges in today’s Europe.
The main part of the event was dedicated to the presentation by Emre Ilkan Saklica, an Ankara-based journalist and podcast producer who focused on european media, digitization and funding opportunities through HORIZON 2020 and elsewhere.
For the lecture summary of Mr. Saklica in English check the link below:
The fourth and final lecture is scheduled to take place at TOBB Economics and Technology University in Ankara on the 27th of February 2019 with Medeni Sungur, debating whether EU values are still relevant or not in Turkey.