The Europe Prize, which is this year co-funded by the Network of European Foundations' (NEF) European Drug Policy Fund, is driven by the core values of media professionalism. It is organised by journalists themselves through the International Federation of Journalists and the European Journalism Centre and is supported by the Résidence Palace International Press Centre and leading newspapers in Europe.
The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ)
The IFJ is a non-governmental, non-profit organisation that promotes co-ordinated international action to defend press freedom and social justice through the development of strong, free and independent trade unions of journalists.
The IFJ works closely with the United Natuons, particularly UNESCO, the United Nations Human Rights Commission, WIPO and the ILO, the International Committee of the Red Cross, the European Union, the Council of Europe and with a wide range of international trade union and freedom of expression organisations.
The IFJ mandate covers both professional and industrial interests of journalists.
The IFJ administers other prizes, including the Natali Prize for Journalism: Excellence in Reporting Human Rights, Democracy and Development and the new IFJ Journalism for Tolerance Prize.
The European Journalism Centre (EJC)
The European Journalism Centre was founded in 1992 with the purpose of helping the media meet tomorrow's challenges today. The EJC is an independent, non-profit institute with a multi-media approach. After officially opening its doors in September 1993, it quickly became a focal point for the world of mid-career journalism training in Europe. The EJC is, first of all, a place where journalists can find a forum for their journalistic experiences and the opportunity to go beyond them. It is where journalists from around Europe - and beyond - can meet one another, build networks, voice their views and raise their concerns.
For more information, please visit www.ejc.nl
The European Drug Policy Fund (EDPF)
The European Drug Policy Fund was set up by the Network of European Foundations (NEF) in May 2001. The EDPF provides funding for projects that address drug policy issues in important and strategic ways in Europe. The overall goal is to create a breakthrough in the European drug policy debate by presenting alternative policies to the global community. It is believed that Europe can take leadership on this important social issue.
For more information, please visit www.efc.be
The Résidence Palace - International Press Centre
In July 2001 Belgium opened an international press centre in Brussels. It is established in the Résidence Palace in the heart of the city's European quarter. The opening of the press centre coincided with the start of the Belgian Presidency and since then the Résidence Palace International Press Centre has become the meeting place par excellence for journalists, policymakers, spokesmen and communication experts from Belgium and abroad. The Centre provides the best possible facilities for organisers of press conferences, seminars and debates, so that they in turn can enable the journalists to work in as comfortable surroundings as possible.
For more information, please visit www.residencepalace.be