<align="justify">Just a few days prior to the accession of ten countries to the European Union, the EFJ held its triennial General Meeting in Thessaloniki, Greece, last weekend, under the theme Trade Union Building and Solidarity in an Enlarging Europe.
At a time when social rights are increasing under fire, EFJ members from 22 countries adopted a concrete working program for the next three-year period, calling for the protection of existing collective agreements and the establishment of social dialogue where it doesn’t exist. The importance of uniform labor standards within transnational media conglomerates and enforcing social protection schemes for freelances throughout Europe were two key issues emphasized during the GM proceedings.
The EFJ also elected a new chair, Arne Koenig, from Sweden, who replaced outgoing president Gustl Glattfelder, and a new eight-member Steering Committee.
The EFJ also adopted resolutions dealing with violations on journalists’ rights, including protection of sources, freelance rights and rights of atypical workers. All can be found on the EFJ website.