Fondation EurActiv

ABOUT US


What is Fondation EurActiv ?

Fondation EurActiv is a public service foundation under Belgian law and acts primarily to bring together individuals and organisations seeking to shape European Union policies. It shares its mission ‘faciliter l’efficacité et la transparence de la Communauté des Acteurs Européens’ with EurActiv.com, the media. It does not lobby, except to promote online media independence, and is not aligned to any political faction or faith group.

What are our Values?

Efficiency

saving the time of “EU Actors”, therefore supporting policy making speed

Transparency

providing clarity on stakeholder positions and the decision making process

Media

Independence a guarantor for democracy, protecting media from public and private interference

Multilingualism

publications in many languages (12 in the case of the EurActiv Network)

Foundation EurActiv shares its values with EurActiv.com

What does Fondation do?

Fondation EurActiv gathers expertise together with the Media Network, for the benefit of civil society stakeholders.

Fondation EurActiv:

  • Forster research and innovation: Fondation EurActiv also manages the European affairs blogging platform BlogActiv.eu, Social Media, and the EU Community project. EU Community is the most recent innovation: to help develop the next era of policy-making  (see link). EU Community integrates the political technologies (e-Politics, e-Participation, e-Democracy, e-Diplomacy, e-Citizenship, e-Governance and e-Government) of Fondation EurActiv and the EurActiv Network.  

  • Provides governance and advocates for media independence and languages: Fondation aids the communication and dissemination of factual information from civil society, to promote debates for the creation of a European democracy for the common good. Fondation supports the growth of cross-border co-operation between media as a pillar of democracy. Recent examples of such activities included providing input and feedback on the setting-up and running of debates with other media-related organisations seeking to improve local media access to the EU 'Brussels bubble'  and better coverage in local media of EU policy initiatives.

  • Disseminates knowledge through training and events: Training is provided to EurActiv Network team members as well as to journalists from across Europe. Since 2011, 38 young journalists selected from third-party media and coming from a dozen different EU countries received an induction and on-the-job training on EU reporting, a programme realised with the generous support of the Robert Bosch Stiftung (since 2011), Open Society in 2012 and Fondation Hippocrène (in 2013).

GOOD GOVERNANCE

How is Fondation managed?

Organigram: view our organisation structure here (PDF).

Fondation is guided by an Orientation Committee and an Advisory Council composed of some 40 to 50 experts, and by a smaller management board of 5 people, the majority are non-executive directors otherwise unrelated to EurActiv, the media.

List of Orientation Committee members, as at 1 December 2013: link (PDF).

List of Advisory Council members, as at 1 December 2013: link (PDF).

Fondation Finances

How is it financed and where do funds go?

Fondation EurActiv is primarily a grant-seeker, for the time being, eventually it has aspirations to become a grant-maker and already considers activities such as promoting greater media independence among online media and supporting efforts to promote trusted journalism as public service activities.

Fondation has two main sources of income:

  1. Funds awarded by grant-making organisations, e.g. Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie, OIF, & Robert Bosch Foundation; in addition there are  grants made by the public sector, such as the EU institutions for communication and demonstration projects, e.g. Open Discovery SpaceCitadel… on the Move and STYLE.
  2. Payments (for services provided) to media organisations, notably members of the EurActiv Network and EurActiv.com in particular.

NB apart from re-imbursement of services invoiced and provided, neither EurActiv.com nor any other partner receives money from grants awarded to Fondation.

In 2013 grants were received from The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie (OIF), Robert Bosch Stiftung and the European Commission, amounting to over €347,000.

The main costs include salaries and associated charges, rent, depreciation and utility charges, communications and other routine office administration expenses.

2013 Annual Accounts: summary since 2009 link PDF

The complete annual accounts of Fondation are filed with the Belgian Central Bank, as required under Fondation statutes.

How to contact Fondation?

Fondation operates from the International Press Centre Building, 1 Boulevard Charlemagne, 1041, close to the main EU institutional headquarters, in the heart of the Brussels European quarter.

David Mekkaoui...................................... fondation@euractiv.com ...........................+32 (0)2 788 36 75

Julian Oliver ........................................... secgen@euractiv.com ...............................+32 (0)2 226 58 25

Christo Velkov ....................................... director@euractiv.org ...............................+32 (0)2 788 36 68

Dan Luca ............................................... pr@euractiv.com .......................................+32 (0)2 226 58 18

Christophe Leclercq................................ fondateur@euractiv.com ...........................+32 (0)2 226 58 13