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General Intro

Content

Financing

The company

The future

General Intro

 

  • Who founded EURACTIV?

EURACTIV was founded in 1999 by Christophe Leclercq. It is now a 100+ strong team with an editorial team of around 50 editors, journalists and translators.

  • What is the founding concept behind EURACTIV?

EURACTIV contributes to transparency and efficiency in EU Affairs. It extends the political debate to include EU news and private sector policy positions.

  • You say that you help promote the concept of transparency in the European dialogue, how do you do this practically?

EURACTIV’s coverage of EU Affairs concentrates on policy positions by EU Actors trying to influence policies in the pre-legislative phase, before a Commission proposal. By providing links to the full text of these positions, EURACTIV brings more visibility, and therefore more transparency, to the processes of influencing EU policies.

 

Content

 

What topics/sections does EURACTIV cover?

Policy Sections: providing in-depth analysis of key EU policies

  • euractiv.com covers big policy topics such as Agriculture, Food, Health, Energy, Environment, Economy, Transport, Politics, Trade, Innovation, Defense, Digital, Social development, Enlargement and Neighbourhood policy – across Europe.
  • Policy developments in the following areas are monitored via mini-sections (although in a less in-depth manner) such as Central Europe, Climate & Environment, Competition, Education, Enlargement, Future EU, Justice & Home Affairs, Public Affairs, Regional Policy, Security, Social Europe & Jobs, Sports, Trade & Industry. These “mini-sections” can be upgraded to full sections, as soon as sponsoring for them is found.
What are the different types of content in each sections?

Features of Section coverage :

Additional valuable content:
  • Agenda: Brussels, EU and international events at a glance
  • Search engine & Archives: quick access to all EURACTIV content

 

 

Financing

 

  • Who provided the start-up capital?

The initial capital was provided by the founder, Christophe Leclercq and his family, and is sufficient to sustain the company for several years to come. Most EURACTIV team members are also shareholders. Questions? Mail to founder@euractiv.com

  • Are you looking for investors?

As we expand across Europe, we might raise some more equity. For the current operations, we do not need new sources of money.

  • What business model does EURACTIV use?

EURACTIV’s services are financed from several sources, in order to provide free services and ensure independence:

  • Membership/Communication packages for 100+ associations, federations, NGOs, consultancies and political parties & groups consists of advertising and communication services and amounts to 29% of total revenues.
  • Corporate sponsoring consists of various advertising solutions, supporting policy events or supporting different formats of the editorial content and it amounts to 48% of total revenues.
  • Public Projects – EURACTIV participates tenders and calls for proposals for the EU policy communication and dissemination projects and this amounts to 12% of total revenues.
  • Franchise Partners – Franchise fees from EURACTIV Network partners accounted for less than 1% of total revenues.
  • Advertising – on website and in newsletters with banner ads and text ads accounted for less than 3% of total revenues.
  • Jobsite also contributes with 5% of total revenues.  
  • User contribution is a new revenue stream for us that will help us keep bringing the quality and independent journalism.

* This mix of public and private revenues supports our editorial independence. 

* No single public/private contractor accounts for more than 10% of annual revenues;

 

  • Users contributions 

What is the contribution money used for?

All contributions from users provide support for our journalism. It will allow our network of newsrooms across Europe (over 100 people) to continue their work when Europe needs it most. 

In the future we will keep investing in our team and upgrading the reader-experience for your convenience. 

What data do you collect and how do you use them?

In order to process the payment we just need your name and email address. 

We would also like to offer you some of our newsletters. If you want to receive it you just need to subscribe with your name and email. Yet, if you only want to make a financial contribution without receiving the newsletter, you just shouldn’t subscribe. 

Also, as we see this as a partnership with you we’d like to listen to your comments and suggestions in the future on how to further improve our website.

You can read more on how we use data on our Privacy Policy

Will readers still be able to read your content without the paywall?

Absolutely. Expert, unbiased, professional and independent media content on the functioning of the EU is in the public interest and should not be behind a paywall, and we remain committed to providing our content for free.

What payment methods can I use?

We accept the following credit cards: Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Diners Club International, Discover Network and JCB. You can also use PayPal for your payment. 

What happens if I want to change or cancel my contribution?

You can change your preferences at any time once you log in or on your PayPall profile page for PayPall payments. 

If you choose monthly or annually options your contribution will run until the end of your current payment term and then renew on an ongoing basis unless you choose to cancel.

You can read our detailed Terms and Conditions

I don’t live in the EU, can I still support you?

We accept contributions from all over the world and you can choose from a variety of currencies (EUR, GBP,  USD, CAD, DKK, NOK, PLN, SEK, CHF). If your currency is not listed, current conversion rates will apply.

I can’t afford to pay you anything yet, but would like to offer my support.

Thank you for your good will. You can still subscribe to some of our newsletters, join our events and send us your Opinion piece on a specific policy issue (please read instructions carefully). 

My question hasn’t been answered here.

Please send your question to help@euractiv.com we will do our best to get back to you as soon as possible. 

The company

  • So you are an Internet start-up?

We are now over 20 years old, using the best technology available. 40 years ago, we would have been paper-based, 30 years ago we would have used faxes, today we use the Internet, tomorrow, who knows?

  • You receive funding from the European Commission and sponsoring from large corporate sponsors: does that influence your coverage of the European institutions?

No. The Commission and the corporate sponsors can give feedback on the policy areas we cover as one of the criteria for opening new sections. But they do not determine the coverage. In fact, sponsors are generally eager to see balanced coverage, including NGOs and links to the press. We also have clear guidelines in the editorial team concerning our principles: transparency, efficiency and independence. In 2004 “Fondation EURACTIV” was established to enhance further our independence. An advisory council of independent people from academia, NGO’s, other media and think-tanks advices EURACTIV on media independence.

  • What is unique about EURACTIV?

EURACTIV’s coverage concentrates less on the institutional side of EU policies and more on policy debates upstream (i.e. before the institutional legislative process begins). We also look at policies from the private sector perspective, meaning essentially industry, NGOs and the national press. EURACTIV’s use of a powerful document database system allows it to link to all relevant documents and policy positions, shortening the time to find the right information for EU Actors.

The Future

 

  • Will EURACTIV content remain mainly in English?

No, EURACTIV is not only available in English. EURACTIV has a local team in 12 EU Capitals and it publishes in more than 12 languages.

  • Will EURACTIV be taken over by media giants like Pearson or Bertelsmann?

No, on the contrary, EURACTIV has plans for the takeover of one of the large European media groups! Seriously, we like to cooperate  with many partners, and already do. See our CrossLingual network, which included some large national media. We might cooperate  with even larger ones in the future, but wish to retain our independence.

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