On June 13-14, 2019, the kick-off meeting of the new EU project MIRROR took place at GOTTFRIED WILHELM LEIBNIZ UNIVERSITAET in Hannover, Germany.

The perception of Europe has a high impact on expectations and decisions of citizens from outside Europe to migrate to EU member countries. Misperceptions and targeted misinformation campaigns can lead to security threats. It is therefore crucial to better understand how Europe is perceived abroad, detect discrepancies between image and reality and to spot instances of media manipulation.

The aim of the project is to develop an integrated platform, a set of tools, as well as a systematic methodology for the comprehensive intermedia analysis of the perception of Europe, the detection of discrepancies between perception of and reality in Europe, and the creation of awareness for the impact of such misconceptions and resulting threats.

The project consortium consists of: 

  • SAIL LABS Technology (Austria);
  • Bundesministerium fuer Landesverteidigung und Sport (Austria);
  • Fremde Werden Freunde (Austria);
  • University of Wien (Austria);
  • Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz University of Hannover (Germany);
  • Centre for Research and Technology Hellas (Greece);
  • Agenfor International Foundation (Italy);
  • Conoscenza E Innovazione Societa Aresponsabilita Limitata Semplificata (Italy);
  • Eurix Srl (Italy);
  • Malta Police Force (Malta);
  • University of Malta (Malta);
  • Rijksuniversiteit Groningen (Netherlands);
  • Polismyndigheten Swedish Police Authority (Sweden);
  • Totalforsvarets Forskningsinstitut (Sweden).

MIRROR project started on June 1, 2019 and has a runtime of three years.

The MIRROR project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation action program under grant agreement № 832921.