Focus on Communication

Focus on Communication

10-13 April 2018


10-13 April 2018


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EAA, April 10-13, 2018. Focus on Communication

The April 2018 EAA will focus on developing key messages on the topics of freedom, family and life. Civil society leaders need to acquire the knowledge and the tools needed to increase the effectiveness of their message in order to build support, and have a real impact in the public debate and policymaking. They also need to become part of an international network that transcends country borders.

Is this EAA for you?

The EAA is for you if:

  • you work full-time on issues related to freedom, family and life, or if you share a serious part-time commitment to them.
  • you are actively involved in the public debate (in newspapers, on the radio, in public speaking, or on television).
  • you are training to become a public voice in your own country on behalf of the issues that EAA focuses on.
  • you serve as the official spokesperson for your organization.

What will you learn?

After completing the EAA you will:

  • Know know how to develop key messages and build arguments on behalf of the issues at stake, and how to communicate them in an efficient and effective way.
  • be more aware of the deep cultural changes that our societies are undergoing today, and understand why and how these changes are occurring.
  • have established a network that allows you to increase your political impact nationally and internationally, and have acquired direct access to experts and fellow activists all over Europe.

The EAA is designed for European participants. All applications received shall be reviewed and successful applicants shall be informed of their acceptance no later than the 1st of March.


The April programme will include:

Sessions on developing key media messages on freedom, family and life.

Practical lessons and personalized feedback on communication methods and public speaking techniques.

Networking opportunities, dinners with special guests, and exchanges among participants on specific topics.

Date & Venue

Lodging and meals shall be provided.

* A limited number of scholarships is available.
Contact to get more information if you need to apply for one.


10-13 Apr 2018





Participation fee*

double room

single room



In The Name of the Family, Croatia

Dr. Željka Markić is the President of In the Name of the Family in Croatia. She has
been involved in the promotion of family and life since her student days during the
time of communism. She has been one of the key people behind the successful 2013
marriage referendum in Croatia which defined marriage as an exclusive union of one man and one woman. Željka was also one of the organisers of the first March for Life in Croatia in 2016, which gathered more than 15,000 people. She is also one of the initiators of the European Citizens’ Initiative (ECI), “Mum, Dad, and Kids”.


The Leadership Institute, USA

Ron Nehring is the Director of International Training at The Leadership Institute. He is a Republican strategist and communications expert who served as National
Spokesman in the 2016 Presidential campaign of Senator Ted Cruz. Prior to stepping onto the national stage in 2016, Ron was elected the Republican nominee for Lt. Governor of California, earning the support of the California Republican Party, the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association, the National Rifle Association, the California Republican Assembly, and more than 3 million voters.


Catholic Voices, UK

Jack Valero is an international speaker and media coach, and is the coordinator and co-founder of Catholic Voices, UK. He is also Press Officer for Opus Dei in the UK. In 2006 he co-ordinated, with Austen Ivereigh, the Da Vinci Code Response Group, a team of Catholics who made themselves available to the media in the run-up to the film of the same name. In 2010 he was Press Officer for the Beatification of Cardinal Newman during the Papal Visit to Britain.


Atlas Strategy Group, USA

Gregg Keller the Principal of Atlas Strategy Group. He is widely regarded as one of the preeminent public affairs professionals in the USA. Before founding Atlas Strategy Group, Keller helped lead two national public policy organizations, directed a national coalitions program for a presidential campaign and managed a nationally watched U.S. Senate campaign. Keller has served as Executive Director of the American Conservative Union (ACU), America’s oldest and largest grassroots conservative organization. ACU is the leading entity in providing conservative positions on issues to Congress, administration officials, state governments, the media, political candidates and the public.


ECPM Vice-President, Georgia

Mr. George Rukhadze is ECPM Vice-President and Acting Leader of Georgia’s Christian Democratic Party. With over 15 years of extensive work experience in media, international relations and European and national politics, he is an active foreign and security policy speaker in the Georgian and international media. After being the head of world news at IMEDI TV (2004-2007), he continued as the director of international office at the Christian Democratic Party of Georgia (CDM) being responsible for the party’s foreign policy and international relations. In 2012 he become a board member and the Vice-President of the the European Christian Political Movement (ECPM). A year later he was elected as the leader of Christian Democratic Party of Georgia.

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