About Us

Our goals and activities

Europe’s MediaLab (Fondation EURACTIV), set up in 2003 as a public interest foundation under Belgian law, is a think-and-do-tank dedicated to fostering healthy media in Europe. We aim in particular to:
  • Support a healthy media sector by fostering a more proactive EU media policy
  • Advocate for media independence, media pluralism and language diversity
  • Support media improving EU policy coverage at a national and local level
  • Promote media innovation projects for media and related stakeholders

Our activities

A think-and-do tank promotes innovative policy solutions and acts to prototype its analyses and recommendations. As such, we:

Our team

Thierry Leroy,  Secretary General

Public Projects Finance Director at EURACTIV Media Network, he has a vast experience in financial management, and EU-funded projects, notably gained as Treasurer of the 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. fondationdirector@euractiv.com

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, Communications Executive

She joined Europe’s MediaLab (Fondation EURACTIV) in 2019 as Policy and Advocacy Assistant, then Communications Executive.  Previously, she worked at the Italian Culture Institute in Copenhagen. She holds a master’s degree in law and she is currently specialising in Communications, Institutional Relations and Lobby.  giulia.andretta@euractiv.com

Antonia Loncar, Senior Communications and Project Manager

Antonia Loncar is a communication professional working in the field of EU communications since 2013, specialised in EU project management, strategic communication and content development for web and social media. Native Croatian, she speaks fluent English, Spanish and Italian, and is currently learning French.     +32 (0)2 788 3680 antonia.loncar@euractiv.com

Administration

Our financial structure

Our think-and-do-tank has diversified sources of income, majority coming from the EU funds for media innovation and training.

As of November 2021, MediaLab is delivering a Media innovation feasibility – EU Strategy study on content-sharing European platform(s) together with consortia partners of PWC Italy, Carsa, KU Leuven (Institute for Media Studies, KU Leuven (Centre for IT and IP Law) and Intellera Consulting. This study is funded by the European Commission

The Stars4Media innovation exchange programme is supporting collaborative initiatives developed by at least two media organisations from two different EU countries. Stars4Media Second Edition is the continuation of the first European innovation exchange programme for media professionals to accelerate innovation and cross-border cooperation.EP pilot project funded by the European commission the programme is delivered by the team composed of a Consortium of four partners: Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) – the project coordinator; Europe’s MediaLab (Fondation EURACTIV) – the project initiator; the European Federation of Journalists (EFJ) and the World Association of News Publishers (WAN-IFRA). Stars4Media is co-funded by the European Commission (grant agreement number: LC-01590082).

MediaLab’s 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 (2020 Annual Accounts: summary since 2015).

Our governance

Europe’s MediaLab (Fondation EURACTIV) is guided by an Orientation Committee and an Advisory Council composed of trusted media and policy experts:

• 10 Board Members: list as of May 2021

• 50 Advisory Council members: list as of October 2018 

• 27 Orientation Committee members: list as of October 2018

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