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the second edition of EuroPCom, the European Conference on Public Communication. This conference will be held on 19 and 20 October 2011 in Brussels and is coordinated by the EU Committee of the Regions, in partnership with the European Parliament, the Council of the EU, the Polish EU Presidency and the European Commission. At the 2010 edition more than 700 communication managers and senior experts of local, regional, national and European authorities shared their strategic insights and practical experiences in actual communication challenges.
The two-day conference will give the platform to top representatives of the institutional EU partners, external key note speakers and public communication experts. Parallel workshops presenting best practice from EU institutions, member states, regional and local authorities will be organised around diverse thematic strands: branding, press and media relations, social networks and decentralised communication.
For all further information, please visit
www.cor.europa.eu/europcom. On this website you will also find a call for proposals, inviting all colleagues to send in their best practices in various conference themes.
The detailed conference programme and registration form will be available by 25 May 2011.
The EuroPCom 2011 team
europcom@cor.europa.eu 

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I'm going to be a grumpy old bloke and raise two cheers. After all, last year's website - and apparently the conference itself - was pretty poor (non-existent community, Web2 experts who admitted they'd never built anything resembling a web2 site, zero participation during the event, etc.), but it was a first, at least.

But a Call for proposals by email? Hasn't anyone heard of participation?


In a second irony, the 2010 website doesn't even mention the 2011 one. So much for communication...

Gellis has a slot at the upcoming conference. Yikes!

Just read a contribution from one of the keynote speakers, Mikołaj Dowgielewicz, Polish Secretary of State for EU Affairs: 

"We are all trying to make use of the latest technological developments, principally Web 2.0 and the social media in particular. These are the forums that young people are using for discussion. But simply operating on these platforms is no guarantee of success in this field. We need to devote a lot more time to these applications than we would to the traditional media. It is not possible to simply create a page or a profile and to then disappear for days or weeks on end. You have to maintain a presence and gain a loyal following. We are not dealing here with passive consumers of information. People who use social media expect rapid responses and interaction. Even if young people today are unable to sustain their interest in a subject over long periods of time, they are more than capable of getting actively involved in a discussion as soon as something grabs their attention in the news."

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