EPSA event

Government communication: fit for the future

5 July 2022
9.00 - 15.00 CET

About the event 

In times of rapid technological change, increasing complexity and new political and social movements, government communication is facing several challenges. While new technologies have enabled citizens and policy makers to connect to each other, these technologies also had a profound impact on established media systems and the very fabric of democratic governance. In this workshop, we will discuss these changes and challenges, and how governments can respond to (re-)gain trust and foster democracy.

Registration for this workshop is closed.

EIPA moderator(s)

The programme

9.00 Welcome and Introduction
Christoph Klika, EPSA Project Manager and Expert on EU policy implementation, EIPA
9.15 Reading government communication challenges from the coronavirus experience. What are we learning?
María José Canel, Professor in Political Communication and Public Sector Communication, University Complutense Madrid
10.15 Break
10.30 Promoting effective government communication and democracy

Session: Club of Venice: awareness raising and capacity building communication
Vincenzo Le Voci, Secretary-General of the Club of Venice, EU Council DG COMM official 

12.00 Lunch
13.00 Government communication in times of crisis: OECD perspectives

Session: Functions of public communication in responding to mis- and disinformation
Craig Matasick, Policy Analyst, Open Government Unit, OECD

Session: Practical examples of public communication responses
Carlotta Alfonsi, Policy Analyst, Open Government Unit, OECD

13.45 Q&A
14.00 Government communication in times of crisis: national perspectives

Session: The UK Government Communication Service (GCS)
Alex Aiken, Executive Director for Government Communication, UK

14.30 Q&A
14.45 Conclusion
15.00 End of workshop