Fondation EURACTIV, set up in 2004 as a public interest foundation under Belgian law, is a think-and-do-tank dedicated to fostering a healthy media community in Europe.
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- Support a healthy media sector by fostering a more proactive EU media policy
- Advocate for media independence, media pluralism and language diversity in Europe
- Support media improving EU policy coverage at a national and local level
- Promote media innovation projects for media and related stakeholders
This will, in turn, contribute to a healthy democracy and the emergence of a European public sphere. At its core, it requires innovation for the media sector, which Fondation EURACTIV aims to contribute to by thinking what a strong EU media strategy should look like.
A think-tank is a policy unit researching and promoting innovative policy solutions. A think-and-do tank is by nature less academic as it also includes activities seeking to prototype its analyses and recommendations, and act directly on the policy environment through concrete interventions. As such, we:
- Provide analysis and facilitate a dialogue between media professionals and EU stakeholders, promoting debates and best practices sharing through conferences training programmes and workshops.
- Implement projects fostering media sector’s innovation and skills.
- Communicate relevant news on Europe’s media via a monthly newsletter.
We are guided by the following five principles:
Fondation EURACTIV works when relevant with and draws upon the experience of the EURACTIV media network, present in 13 countries and publishing in 13 languages. We share the same origins, values and work in the same offices.
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In 2017, through the #Media4EU research project, we interviewed more than 30 media experts from six countries about the parallel between the crises facing the sector and those facing Europe itself, as well as ways to foster better cooperation. (see EURACTIV Special Report #Media4EU: Can innovation beat the crises facing the EU and media?). #Media4Eu is a cooperation project between Fondation EURACTIV and the Université Libre de Bruxelles (Institut d’Études Européennes). Several issues feed discussion at European level: fake news and populism, shrinking business models, and the review of the Digital Single Market. Solutions could include a European strategy for the media sector, dealing with the Google, Apple, Facebook, Amazon (GAFA) challenge, cooperation across borders, and skill-building programmes for media professionals.
A few key past projects
- EU Journalism Fellowship: Between 2011 and 2013, 38 young journalists working in a dozen different European media received a one-week induction seminar and a five-week on-the-job training on EU reporting for three different media in Brussels (EURACTIV, DPA Agency, Radio France). This project has been implemented thanks to the generous support of the Robert Bosch Stiftung (2011-2013), Open Society Foundation (2012) and Fondation Hippocrène (2013).
- Together with OIF: development of French-language coverage around Europe
- Together with Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, boosting Europe coverage of development policy in three languages, alongside Gates’ cooperation with Le Monde, El País, the Guardian and EJC/Der Spiegel.
Our governance: trusted media and policy experts
Fondation EURACTIV is guided by an Orientation Committee and an Advisory Council composed of some 50 experts, and by a smaller board of ten members, the majority of which are non-executive directors who are otherwise unrelated to EURACTIV the media.
- List of Board Members, as of November 2017: link (PDF)
- List of Orientation Committee members, as of December 2017: link (PDF)
- List of Advisory Council members, as of June 2018: link (PDF)
Our funding: diversified
Fondation EURACTIV has two main sources of income:
- Funds awarded by grant-making organisations, for instance Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie (OIF), and the Robert Bosch Foundation. In addition, we have received public grants from the EU institutions for communication and demonstration projects, for instance “EU Community” (EurActory & PolicyLine),Open Discovery Space, Citadel… on the Move and STYLE.
- Payments (for services provided) by media organisations, notably members of the EURACTIV Network and EURACTIV.com.
The main costs include salaries and associated charges, rent, depreciation and utility charges, communications and other routine office administration expenses. The complete annual accounts of Fondation EURACTIV are filed with the Belgian Central Bank, as required under Fondation EURACTIV statutes (2016 Annual Accounts: summary since 2009).