The European Institute for the Media (EIM) is a think tank for research and strategy concerning developments in European media and communications, based in Düsseldorf and Paris.
The EIM’s main areas of research are the impact of convergence on the media, cross-border developments in the media and their role in the process of European integration; the public interest aspects of (new) media developments and the growth of the Information Society. The EIM is a non-profit research organisation which acts independently and in the public interest.
The 21st century faces a rapid change in the way media are produced, distributed and perceived. The digital society challenges European identity, economy and politics.
In this situation, the European Institute for the Media is the think tank which analyses media and communications development in the Europe of the digital age and advises policy makers, governments and other social groups on the improvement of freedom of media in all parts of Europe, on the constituents of the future “civil digital society” and on the prosperity and social well-being within the evolving new media economy.
Moreover, the European Institute for the Media operates with a global perspective including the co-operation with institutions on other continents.
The European Institute for the Media (EIM) was established in 1983, in Manchester, in co-operation with the European Cultural Foundation in Amsterdam. The EIM moved to Düsseldorf at the invitation of the Government and Parliament of North Rhine-Westphalia and the City of Düsseldorf in 1992.
The EIM employs a multi-national team from more than 12 countries.
The European Institute for the Media has initiated several partnerships and co-operations which include Oxford University’s Comparative Media Law and Policy Programme, Columbia University (New York) and UCLA’s Communication Policy Center (Los Angeles).
The Institute has become an internationally acknowledged independent centre of excellence for the impact of media and communication technology on society. The EIM is mainly concerned with: cross-border developments in the media and their role in the process of European integration; the public interest aspects of media developments and the growth of the information society. The three major programmes of the Institute are:
Projects include: Educational television, Independent production, International broadcasting, Building bridges between cultures, Europe in the media, Digital divide, protection of minors on the Internet.
Projects include: The older generation and the European information society, Multimedia and society, Private space and the public sphere, Cybercrime, Global media user comparison.
MEDIA AND DEMOCRACY
The aim of the programme is to assist in establishing and supporting media of high professional standards which are independent of government and vested interests. One of the main activities of the programme is monitoring the media coverage of elections on behalf of the EU Commission.
DEBATE AND EVENTS
The EIM regularly organises international events, conferences and debates, which focus on specific topics related to the impact of media and communication technology on society.
LIBRARY AND DOCUMENTATION
Since the year 2000, the European Institute for the Media, the Landesanstalt für Rundfunk NRW and the City of Aachen are presenting the annual “Médaille Charlemagne pour des Médias Européens” the day preceding the “Karlspreis”-Ceremony.
The EIM publications (over 50 books and working papers) include: Cornerstone of the Information Society, Legal and Policy Implications of Convergence, A Decade of EU broadcasting regulation: The directive television without frontiers, Perspectives of Public Service Television in Europe, Media in the CIS: a study of the political, legislative and socio-economic framework.
The EIM co-publishes Trends in Communication (TIC), a theme-oriented journal that covers recent developments in the field of digital communication and information.
The EIM’s activities are regularly covered in the media, a.o.: Time, Financial Times, CNN, BBC Online, Le Monde, Der Spiegel and de Volkskrant.