The 76th EBU General Assembly kicked off today (16 June) in Montenegro at the kind invitation of EBU Member Montenegrin Radio & Television (RTCG). More than 150 leading executives from 70 EBU Member broadcasters and Associates came together, along with colleagues from World Broadcasting Unions, to discuss the challenges facing public service media and share ideas and inspiration.
Opening the assembly, the Director General of RTCG Rade Vojvodić welcomed all delegates to Montenegro during the 10th anniversary of the country's independence: " Thanks to this Assembly, you will all learn more about RTCG and Montenegro. Our broadcaster aims to be an EU model for the Montenegrin state as well as an expression of our new democracy."
The event provides an opportunity to look back on the year’s achievements and highlight the progress the EBU has made towards meeting the objectives set out in its strategic plan Vision2020. These achievements are summarized in the newly published EBU Annual Report available to all Members here.
Welcoming delegates to the Assembly, EBU President Jean-Paul Philippot, said: "the existence of our Union for more than 65 years is a testament to the shared sense of solidarity and cohesiveness among Members, which augurs well for the future".
EBU Director General Ingrid Deltenre expressed her gratitude to Members for the support they give each other, particularly in times of need. She said: "It is by sharing what you know and sharing what you own that the EBU becomes the most useful network with the most sustainable impact. We learn the most from other Members, from participating in exchanges of ideas and knowledge, and from visiting Members and discussing innovative ways of producing new content and reaching out to citizens. This is why the core of the EBU must be preserved and cherished."
EBU Media Director Jean Philip De Tender will be highlighting some of the highlights of 2015 in Proud to Present. The Assembly will also hear from Dunja Mijatović, Representative for Freedom of the Media at the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe, who will discuss if public service media needs more freedom or more protection; and Computational Journalist Jonathan Stray who will talk tomorrow about the role of Big Data and Algorithms. Members will be able to watch their sessions live on our website.
The General Assembly will also appoint the President and Vice-President for 2017-2018 at elections taking place on 17 June.