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About us

Think-and-do–tank for a healthy media sector in Europe

Media sustainability | Innovation training | Media policy

Europe’s MediaLab (Fondation EURACTIV) was established in 2003 as a Belgian not-for-profit organisation and recognised as a “Fondation d’utilité publique”. As a think-and-do tank, our core values are media independence, transparency, mutlilingualism, pro- European, and constructive. Our goals:

  • 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 coverage of EU policy both at a national and local level
  • Promote media innovation projects for media and related stakeholders

In turn, this will contribute to a healthy democracy and the emergence of a European public sphere. What makes us unique is that we work as a convener at the intersection of news media, Europe and democracy:

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We support philanthropic projects which are in line with EU freedoms and fundamental rights. Read more about this initiative: Joint press release: DAFNE and EFC welcome EESC call for an enabling environment for philanthropy

Our team

Thierry Leroy,  Secretary General

Public Projects Finance Director at EURACTIV, has a vast experience in financial management, and EU-funded projects, notably gained as Treasurer of ‘Alliance française de Bruxelles-Europe’.

+32 (0)2 226 58 27    secgen@euractiv.com

Marc Sundermann, Senior Fellow and Director

He has worked for Bertelsmann SE & Co. KGaA since January 2012, when he joined the Bertelsmann Brussels Liasion Office. In 2018 he became Senior Vice President Government Relations (until February 2020). Previously, he was senior legal counsel for Europe at the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry.

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Christophe Leclercq, Chairman

Founder of EURACTIV media network and executive chairman of Europe’s MediaLab (Fondation EURACTIV), he is also an adviser and commentator, former DG Competition official and McKinsey consultant. He speaks and comments in EN, FR, DE about several topics, such as public affairs, media policy, and languages.  @LeclercqEU

Giulia Andretta, Policy and Advocacy Assistant

She is Policy and Advocacy Assistant at Europe’s MediaLab (Fondation EURACTIV) and contributes to communications activities. Previously, she worked at the Italian Cultural Institute in Copenhagen, and she graduated in law in Italy.

+32 (0)2 788 36 80  giulia.andretta@euractiv.com

Administration

Our governance

Europe’s MediaLab (Fondation EURACTIV) is guided by an Orientation Committee and an Advisory Council composed of some 50 trusted media & policy experts. As for our board members, they are essentially non-executive directors who are otherwise unrelated to EURACTIV.

• 8 Board Members: list as of December 2020

• 50 Advisory Council members: list as of October 2018 

• 27 Orientation Committee members: list as of October 2018

Board members

Bart Becks, EURACTIV Executive Chairman
Ramona Coman, ULB
Christophe Leclercq, Founder of EURACTIV
Sharon Leclercq-Spooner, EPPA
Julian Oliver, Fondation EURACTIV
Stephen Boucher, Dreamocracy
Marc Sundermann, Europe's MediaLab

Funding

Our diversified funding

Our think-and-do-tank has two main sources of income, namely:

  1. 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.
  2. Payments (for services provided) by media organisations, notably members of the EURACTIV Network and EURACTIV.com.

Costs mainly include salaries and associated charges, rent, depreciation and utility charges, communications as well as other routine office administration expenses. The complete annual accounts of Europe’s MediaLab (Fondation EURACTIV) are filed with the Belgian Central Bank, as required under Europe’s MediaLab (Fondation EURACTIV) statutes (2019 Annual Accounts: summary since 2015).