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The Speak Up!2 conference is over. Thank you for your interest and your participation! For all further information on the conference to be published soon (e.g. conclusions, photos, webcast & video recordings), please check DG Enlargement's website at http://ec.europa.eu/enlargement/policy/policy-highlights/media-freedom/index_en.htm


The European Commission's annual strategy on EU enlargement, adopted in October last year, highlighted freedom of expression and media as one of the most important challenges for the countries aspiring to EU membership. Moreover, freedom of expression is considered an EU accession priority. The conclusions of the first Speak Up! conference, hosted by DG Enlargement in 2011, became an important reference point for tackling issues in this field. Two years later, it is time to take stock of the results achieved and define the way forward.

To this end, the Speak Up!2 conference on 20 June 2013 will bring together some 450 participants from international, regional and national organisations dealing with freedom of expression, as well as journalists, media analysts and decision-makers from the enlargement countries to discuss achievements, remaining issues and the way forward.

Pre-registration to the conference is now closed and the conference venue is fully booked. On-site registration is foreseen from 8.30 but is subject to the availability of seats (e.g. due to last-minute cancellations).

For more information on EU Enlargement policy, please have a look at the website of the Directorate General for Enlargement: http://ec.europa.eu/enlargement/index_en.htm