EurActiv.com PLC was set up in 1999. It now involves circa 35 persons at the European level, plus subcontractors and partners' staff elsewhere in Europe. Together with this extended team, ca 100 people contribute to the EurActiv brand, of whom almost 50 are journalists.
EurActiv brings together the skills of professionals with experience in EU affairs, journalism, information and communication as well as Internet technology. For its content, EurActiv relies not only on its own editorial team but also on numerous content partnerships, as well as links to the national press and the EU institutions.
EurActiv is independent. It is not another website of the EU institutions but complements websites like Europa by focusing on non-institutional EU Actors and views at national level. In order to provide free services and ensure independence, EurActiv's services are financed from four sources (corporate sponsoring, EurActor membership, online advertising and EU projects).
The EurActiv ‘family’
In addition to EurActiv.com, the UK registered media company, there is a network of media partners, operating in 15 languages in 15 capitals across Europe. Altogether EurActiv has a total of 675,000 monthly Unique Visitors, thus being the leading EU policy media.
Fondation EurActiv PoliTech, is a public service foundation, registered in Belgium but also operating across Europe.
EurActiv EUX.TV Video sprl is a Belgian joint venture held 50:50 between EurActiv.com & White Bull B.V.
The following infiormation refers only to EurActiv.com, publishing in English and French. For other partners in the EurActiv ‘family’ please see
EurActiv.com is a UK Public Limited Company, subject to independent external auditing and good corporate governance. A long term venture capital company holds just under 20% of the shares but the majority of shares in EurActiv.com PLC are held by team members.
Sales revenues in 2011 were grouped into four main streams:
Corporate sponsors: 52% of total sales, no single sponsor accounts for more than 5% of sales.
EurActor™ members: 28% of total sales. Communication package for 100+ consultancies, associations, federations, NGOs and political parties & groups.
Online advertising: 5% of total sales.
Public projects: 5% of total sales. Three relatively large contracts with the European Commission ran until late 2010/early 2011. In early 2012, the company has won a framework contract with the European Parliament to support communication as part of a consortium over the next two years to the next European parliament elections in mid 2014. All public projects were won in open competition for public tenders or calls for proposals. EurActiv.com plc receives no subsidies from any EU source.
None of the revenue streams represent more than 52% of total sales. This mix of public and private revenues, with most contracts for one year or more supports our editorial independence.