Fondation EURACTIV is a public interest foundation under Belgian law, set up in 2004. It brings together individuals and organisations seeking to shape European Union policies. It does not lobby and is not aligned to any political or faith group.
Our five values
- Advocate for media independence, media pluralism and language diversity
- Accompany media improving EU policy coverage at national and local level
- Promote research and innovation projects for media and related stakeholders
Our three pillars around one strategy: from think tank to events to trainings
Our strategy aims at building strong synergies between think tank, events and training activities.
The first pillar is centred on the European media policy. It targets EU circles and media top management.
The second pillar is focused on media innovation, organising events, mainly for senior media professionals.
The third pillar consists of executive education, trainings and exchange programmes, for media professionals, and public affairs circles. This also includes managing the trainee programme of the EURACTIV network
- Communication and dissemination activities promoting debates and best practices sharing: trainings and events
- Trigger, and where relevant, manage European cooperation projects
Our governance: trusted media and policy experts
Fondation EURACTIV is guided by an Orientation Committee and an Advisory Council composed of some 40 to 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 November 2017: link (PDF)
- List of Advisory Council members, as of November 2017: link (PDF)
Our funding: diversified and transparent
Fondation EURACTIV 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. “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 in particular.
Apart from re-imbursement of services invoiced and provided, neither EURACTIV.com nor any other partner receives money from grants awarded to our Fondation. 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, link PDF).
The decreased in revenue of Fondation EURACTIV over the last years is explained as a major part of its activity has been transferred to the Belgian company CENA (subsidiary of EURACTIV.com PLC). This concerns both costs (mainly logistics and infrastructure, plus some administrative staff) and re-invoicing revenue (from the media EURACTIV). Fondation EURACTIV is therefore able to focus on its core activities, and grow from there.
Some of our 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.
- EURACTIV organises 50 events per year, conferences & stakeholders’ workshops, initially under Foundation’s brand.
- Developing and launching the “Yellow Academy” (for Brussels’ public affairs professionals, currently operated by EURACTIV.com).
The #Media4EU research project 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.
CODES – Comprehending and Debating Euroscepticism
Fondation EURACTIV #Media4EU is a partner of this project co-funded by the “Europe for Citizens” programme. Through local public debates in Central Europe, the goal is to identify sources of Euroscepticism. This project will lead to an innovative communication strategy based on a bottom-up approach to communicating the EU. Results of the project will be presented during a stakeholders workshop organised in EURACTIV’s Brussels Office on January 31st. Find out more about it here.
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