Spain – The Compostela Group of Universities (CGU) and the Xunta de Galicia have announced that the XX International Prize Grupo Compostela-Xunta de Galicia will be awarded to CIRCOM Regional, the European Association of Regional Television, as an acknowledgment for its support to diversity and regional development in Europe.
The award ceremony will take place on the 20 September 2016, during the XXII General Assembly of the Group at the Universitat Jaume I (Castellón, Spain). The jury of the prize, composed of three representatives of the Xunta de Galicia and three representatives of CGU member universities, appraised CIRCOM Regional’s support to European cultural diversity, as well as “the promotion of tolerance and integration values in the construction of Europe”, according to secretary general of the Xunta de Galicia for Culture, Anxo Lorenzo.
Jean-Marc Dubois, president of CIRCOM Regional, showed gratitude for the award, and highlighted that “CIRCOM brings together broadcasters from 33 states, more than 250 public channels and more than 10,000 professional working at them,” and “the aim of the International Prize Grupo Compostela-Xunta de Galicia of promoting the share ideal of Europe is exactly the purpose of CIRCOM.” Dubois announced that the economical contribution of the Prize, EUR 6.000, will be allocated to the European Youth Centre.
The International Prize Grupo Compostela–Xunta de Galicia, since its creation in 1997, has awarded leading figures and institutions from several fields. In the latest four editions, the prize went to the Erasmus Programme (2015), the Swedish Scientist Lennart Levi (2014), the European news channel Euronews (2013), and to the College of Europe (2012).
CIRCOM Regional (Professional Association of Regional Public Service Television in Europe) was founded on 1983 by a team of professionals from different European televisions, with the main purpose of supporting the development of regional identities in Europe. The basis was to use the main role of television in the development of the European idea.
Nowadays CIRCOM Regional is composed of 300 TV channels from 3 European States, and its main objectives are to be a forum for ideas and experience and a network for exchanging personnel and equipment; to make co-productions and encourage the exchange of regional programmes, and to develop the regional culture and identities; and to contribute the development of regional identities from an innovative and practical angle, among others.