MELIA Observatory Media Literacy Observatory for Active Citizenship and Sustainable Democracy

Citizen’s competence is of crucial importance for active political participation, which is one of the main components of good governance and sustainable democracy. Especially in the Eastern part of the Danube region, political participation is stagnating. Particularly worrisome are the apathy and lack of political interest on the side of younger population. Furthermore, in the last years, we witness political developments that result in deterioration of democratic standards in many parts of the region. The core element of the citizen’s competence is high level of media literacy. It is necessary for citizens’ reflection of social reality and their resilience to negative media phenomena, like hate speech and fake news.

The main objective of the project is to improve democratic transnational governance by developing transnational media literacy observatory, based on cooperation between different relevant stakeholders. In many countries of the Danube region the development of competences of media literacy and active citizenship are far behind more developed parts of Europe. This observatory will serve as a mechanism for increasing media literacy and thus strengthening citizens’ competences what will contribute to development of sustainable democracy. The main target groups are the youth and the people who work with them. For the purpose of strengthening it, the observatory will provide tools, available for both young people as well as their educators.

The project will establish observatory for media literacy that will provide instruments for scrutinising media contents, training tools and policy recommendations for upgrading media literacy in relation with other civic skills. Outputs include: capacity building and training tools, web-based interface and policy recommendations. The core activities of the project are: mapping of practices and dissemination of information, developing learning system, designing web training platform, and pilot testing.
Media Literacy Observatory for Active Citizenship and Sustainable Democracy
Start date
End date
Budget in Euro
Overall: 2188700
ERDF Contribution: 1660900
IPA Contribution: 138720
ENI Contribution: 60775
Call number
Call 3
Well-governed Danube region
Specific objective
Improve institutional capacities to tackle major societal challenges


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Project Partners

Name Type Email Country
School of Advanced Social Studies Lead partner 5000, Nova Gorica, Gregorčičeva 19
Babeș-Bolyai University ERDF partner Romania
Edhance Plus o.p.s. ERDF partner Czech Republic
Research Centre Regional and Global Development ERDF partner Bulgaria
Algebra University College ERDF partner Croatia
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Project News

  • MELIA Observatory - KICK-OFF EVENT 22. 10. 2020
    - 27-10-2020
    KICK-OFF EVENT 22. 10. 2020

    On 22 October 2020, the School of Advanced Social Studies as the main organizer, together with an international consortium, organized the launch event of the project Media Literacy Observatory for Active Citizenship and Sustainable Democracy...

    - 16-10-2020

    International consortium of partners is organizing the kick-off event of the project MELIA Observatory - Media Literacy Observatory for Active Citizenship and Sustainable Democracy. The project is co-financed by the Danube Transnational...

    - 16-10-2020

    LP of the project hosted the 1st Steering committee meeting on September 28th and 29th. This time unfortunatly, due to COVID-19 restrictions, the meeting was organized on-line and not in person as we are used to. On the first Steering...

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