Partnership Programme



The EBU’s Partnership Programme reflects the core principle of solidarity that underpins our association. In boosting collaboration, strengthening support and enabling all Members to benefit from the EBU’s activities, it reinforces our unique community of public service media organizations.

The Partnership Programme is a clearly identified fund from the EBU’s earmarked reserve that drives an action plan for eligible Members. It complements other solidarity initiatives across the EBU, including European Commission-funded programmes and EBU Academy Regional Hubs.

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Eligibility Criteria

The Partnership Programme is intended primarily to serve EBU Members with limited financial resources or challenging political circumstances. Depending on the type of services provided, activities can be fully or partially funded by the Partnership Programme.

The Partnership Programme assesses eligible Members using multiple indicators that include:

  • World Bank statistics
  • EBU membership fee units paid
  • A Member’s operating expenditure as a proportion of national GDP

As Member circumstances can change more rapidly than official available data, the Programme can also consider cases on a discretionary basis.

Our aim

  • Propose relevant and impactful support to eligible Members facing financial, strategic, technical, political or other challenges
  • Facilitate Member engagement
  • Empower less advantaged Members
  • Promote and defend public service media
  • Defend Members in crisis situations
  • Reinforce the EBU principle of solidarity

How we have helped

Our Partnership Programme has provided eligible Members with:

  • Access to 700 hours of high-quality European programmes made available by fellow EBU Members
  • In-depth consultancies on strategy development
  • Mentoring in a specific field from one Member expert to a counterpart Scholarships for training through the EBU Academy
  • Legal and technical advice from the relevant EBU Departments
  • Representation of the Member’s political and financial interests at the highest government levels.