Tomorrow will mark the launch of PRESSEUROP.EU a new multilingual web portal for press articles on European affairs, translated into ten European languages (Czech, Dutch, English, French, German, Italian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian and Spanish). Eventually, the portal will offer news in all 23 official languages of the European Union.
The portal is the fruit of a June 2008 Commission initiative and will provide users with articles, press reviews, illustrations, a daily newsletter as well as archived articles. Funding for this costly enterprise will come from the coffers of the European Commission, and hence the portal will benefit from complete editorial freedom.
Now it must be asked whether this ambitious initiative, pushed by Commissioner Wallström, is really necessary? With so many news outlets already focusing solely on European affairs (including of course the Commission’s very own Midday Express) do European internet users really need, or want for that matter, yet another online media outlet? Or is this something of a legacy building block for the outgoing Commissioner?