WHAT IS FONDATION EURACTIV?
Fondation EurActiv is a public interest 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. 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?
WHAT DOES FONDATION DO?
Fondation EurActiv gathers together and pools expertise, in conjunction with the Media Network, for the benefit of civil society stakeholders.
- Provides governance to stakeholders and advocates for media independence and language diversity: Fondation aids the communication and dissemination of factual information from civil society, in order to promote debates for the creation of a European democracy that stands for the common good. Fondation supports the growth of cross-border co-operation between media, which is a pillar of democracy. Recent examples of such activities include providing input and feedback on the setting-up and running of debates with other media-related organisations that seek to improve local media access to the EU ‘Brussels bubble’, as well as better coverage in local media of EU policy initiatives.
Promotes research and innovation. EU Community is the most recent innovation, it is intended 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.
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, hailing from a dozen different EU countries, received an induction and on-the-job training on EU reporting, a programme that has been implemented thanks to the generous support of the Robert Bosch Stiftung (since 2011), Open Society in 2012 and Fondation Hippocrène (in 2013).
How is Fondation managed?
Organigram: Click here for our organisation structure (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 five people, the majority of which are non-executive directors who are otherwise unrelated to EurActiv, the media.
List of Board Members, as of 1 May 2016: link (PDF) (Update in progress)
List of Orientation Committee members, as of 1 May 2016:link (PDF).
List of Advisory Council members, as of 15 June 2016: link (PDF).
How is Fondation financed and where do funds go?
For now, Fondation EurActiv primarily seeks grants; eventually it has aspirations to provide grants itself and it already engages in 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:
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 Space, Citadel… on the Move and STYLE.
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.
2014 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.