COPEAM (Permanent Conference of the Mediterranean Audiovisual Operators) is a not-for-profit association devoted to the promotion of inter-cultural dialogue and media cooperation in the Mediterranean region.

About the network

COPEAM, whose operational headquarters are in Rome – at RAI-Radiotelevisione Italiana, which has been ensuring the General Secretariat since its foundation – promotes several multilateral and transnational projects in the field of training and capacity building; coordinates international radio and TV co-productions; supports the safeguard of the audiovisual archives; organises actions and events supporting young creative talents of the area; carries out initiatives on gender equality involving the media, the educational sector and institutions.

Its network includes the public service radio and TV broadcasters from 25 countries of the area, professional and cultural organisations, higher education institutes and local authorities from Europe, the Balkans, North Africa and the Middle East.

COPEAM cooperates regularly with other audiovisual professional networks, such as the ASBU-Arab States Broadcasting Union and the EBU-European Broadcasting Union, and develops awareness-raising media campaigns and cross-sector projects with international organisations (Anna Lindh Foundation, European Investment Bank, UN agencies i.e. UNESCO, UNHCR, IFAD, etc.) on relevant global issues: environment, migration, youth, cultural diversity.

COPEAM activities are structured around seven working Commissions. They are based on networking and sharing principles, intended to promote synergies, improve the circulation of ideas and creative products, facilitate the mobility of media professionals in the region:

  • Audiovisual Heritage Commission
  • Cinema, Festival, Culture Commission
  • Gender Equality and Diversity Commission
  • Training Commission
  • News Exchange Commission
  • Radio Commission
  • TV Commission

Network projects

TV coproductions
“INTER-RIVES” TV documentaries collections coordinated by COPEAM and ASBU.
Last collection (2023): “People and markets” – 13 documentaries produced by EPTV (Algeria), Télévision Tunisienne (Tunisia), Rai – Radiotelevisione Italiana (Italy), France Télévisions (France), SNRT (Morocco), BNT (Bulgaria), TRT (Türkiye), HRT (Croatia), ΕRΤ (Greece), Oman tv (Oman), PBC (Palestine), JRTV TV (Jordan), RTVE (Spain).

Radio coproductions
Kantara” international weekly radio magazine coproduced by 6 national French-speaking radio stations: RCFM Radio France, RTVE (Spain), 3° Chaine Radio Algérienne, Radio le Caire (Egypt), Rabat Inter (Morocco), RTCI (Tunisia).

Journalism training
Reporting climate change” – e-learning programme for journalists, developed with Uninettuno university and funded by Europen Investment Bank, 4 editions (2020-2023);

Effective Reporting on Migration” – international training workshop for journalists Belgrade (Serbia), 20-22 February 2023, within the EU-funded project E3J – European Excellence Exchange in Journalism;

Transnational collaborative newsroom
Collaborative media coverage of the U.N. climate summit, Edition 2022 (COP27 Sharm El Sheik).

Gender equality in the media
Rewriting the story: gender, media and politics” (EU-funded, 2022-2024). Partners: COPEAM, IFJ-International Federation of Journalists, University of Padova (Italy).


Name: General Secretariat

Network details

Size: 50 - 100 members
Founded: 1996
Geographical focus: International
Type of members: Media outlets
Legal entity: Yes
Open to new members: Yes


  • Climate
  • Migration
  • Politics / policy / democracy
  • Social issues
  • Culture, audiovisual heritage


  • Albania
  • Bulgaria
  • Croatia
  • France
  • Greece
  • Italy
  • Kosovo
  • Malta
  • Montenegro
  • North Macedonia
  • Portugal
  • Romania
  • Serbia
  • Slovenia
  • Spain
  • Switzerland
  • Türkiye


  • Community outreach / audience development
  • Editorial support / project management
  • Event organisation
  • Multilingual journalism
  • Training

Support/join our network

  • Collaborate on editorial projects
  • Collaborate on grant applications
  • Exchange know-how/trainings
  • Join as new members

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