European Federation of Journalists

Building Strong Journalists Unions in Eastern Europe

Objective : To build stronger, more effective journalists’ trade unions in the target countries of Eastern Europe


Each year the project conducts the following national and regional programmes: National programmes: each national union will have an in-country programme focused on TU development, recruitment and representation.

These programmes will include :

– One TU leadership workshop
– A programme of union recruitment / rights awareness seminars
– Recruitment / rights awareness materials
– Legal advice
– Database on membership / rights / safety of journalists
– Regional Programme: one regional meeting a year to review project progress and campaigns. Includes production of a gender tool-kit for Eastern Europe unions.


Journalists Unions in Serbia, Macedonia, Turkey, Belarus, Ukraine, Moldova, Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia

Expected results

In each of the nine target countries the following results will be expected :

1. Increased membership by 10 to 30%
2. Establishment of in house membership databases – legal cases on breaches of employment laws won strengthening respect for labour rights
3. Strengthened network of journalists unions across the East European region leading to exchange of best practice between unions organising in similar conditions
4. Production of a gender took-kit for unions on increased women participation, leadership, bullying and harassment
5. Enhanced leadership skills of union including knowledge of key labour rights issues including
a. Labour rights and Freelance
b. Author’s rights
c. New media and Broadcasting