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Media4Europe Summit: towards a healthy European news media sector?

Wednesday 3rd March 2021 | Online and in Brussels

The Media4Europe Summit was the launching event of the second edition of the Stars4Media innovation exchange  programme. It followed the Media4Europe conference in October 2020, which gathered key MEPs and media stakeholders supporting a NEWS action in the framework of the Media Action Plan. Read the event programme here. This event was articulated in two parts:

  • Stars4Media session: insights from tech and innovation experts on tech innovation for newsrooms
  • High-Level Policy debate: “Towards a healthy European News Media sector?”

Read more about the event takeaways on the press release: Quality news suffers, skills and funding are required.

October 2020

The Media4Europe virtual conference in October 2020 connected media innovators, policy makers and Stars4media participants to discuss how to accelerate innovation in the news media. Programme:
– Stars4Media networking sessions: media professionals participating in the Stars4Media training programme presented their initiatives, and provided feedback on how to improve the project
– Policy debate and “Stars4Media Prizes”
Panellists: Mogens Bjerregård, President of the European Federation of Journalists; Fernando de Yarza López-Madrazo, President of WAN-IFRA; Audrius Perkauskas, Deputy Head of Unit, Audiovisual and Media Services Policy, DG CONNECT; MEP Dace Melbarde (ECR); MEP Margarida Marques (S&D); MEP Ramona Strugariu (Renew Europe); MEP Damian Boeselager (Greens). Read here the press release focused on this event, and watch the event video here.

#Media4Democracy events series

Europe’s Media Lab #Media4Democracy was a series of events designed to enrich the conversation on the media sector’s needs at EU level, supported by EU40, EFJ, Civico Europa, EMMA, News Media Europe, Re-Imagine Europa and sponsored by Equinor (June 2019).

June 2019
April 2019

EP Elections 2019 | Electoral debate with French candidates

Fondation EURACTIV and LesFrancais.press organised the event: “Débat des candidats français de l’étranger pour les élections européennes”. This debate was moderated by Christophe Leclercq, and key issues were addressed: environment, economy and taxes, defence, Brexit and migration. It gathered about 150 participants and 6 French candidates from the main political parties. The debate was broadcast on French Radio, and it reached more than 6000 people. Read here the article about this event.

Can the EU do more for a healthy media sector?

Healthy democracies need a healthy media sector. Yet, faced with multiple attacks and challenges, especially technological and financial, the sector needs a coordinated response.
  • Media independence for quality debates: this exchange on freedom of the press in Europe was moderated by Stephen Boucher, and gathered MEP Benedek Jávor (Greens), RSF and other high-level speakers.
  • Keynote speech by Digital Commissioner Mariya Gabriel
  • What can the EU do for the media sector’s sustainability: this panel was moderated by Christophe Leclercq and it brought together key MEPs such as Elmar Brok (EPP) and Maria João Rodrigues (S&D).
Read EURACTIV’s article on this event, by Samuel Stolton ”EU needs to ‘double efforts’ in the fight against disinformation, Gabriel says“, and watch the video of the event here.
January 2019

Journalism Funders Forum: Expert Circle, Brussels


Europe’s media sector does not need cash per se. It needs to adapt not only to ever-changing technologies, but also to a moving political environment and new reader habits. In this context, a smart alliance of private and public funders is necessary to act nimbly. With this in mind, the European Journalism Centre and Fondation EURACTIV brought together on 23 October 2018 some 40 representatives of philanthropic foundations, EU institutions and the media sector.

Contre la désinformation : quelle stratégie européenne des médias ?



2018 Brussels DisinfoLab


The event “Disinformation – the playbook and how to fight it: 2018 Brussels DisinfoLab”, co-organised by EUDisinfoLab and the Atlantic Council, took place on 11 April 2018 and brought together 80 participants and high-level experts. The goal of the event was to shed light on disinformation operations not only in the EU, but also globally. Disinformation, just as “fake news” among the population, is a buzz word among Brussels officials and experts. There is a consensus that it’s a priority for Western societies to fight it, but often without an understanding of the complexity of the issue.

CODES: Debating Euroscepticism


In January 2018, we organised an interactive workshop showcasing the results of the CODES project co-funded by “Europe for Citizens”, discussing solutions to engage local media and citizens, and to combat misinformation. Through public debates in 6 different countries, the CODES project identified the sources of Euroscepticism and developed tools to communicate EU policies at local level. The project developed an innovative communication strategy based on a bottom-up approach: Being active, less formal and going local: Adjusting communication strategy.

Rising stars for media cooperation


Key MEPs , top media practitioners and academics led a discussion on the future of media cooperation and innovation. In the end, the conference confirmed that cross-border on-the-job exchanges and training are pioneering tools to tackle the crisis of the European media sector.

The basis of the concept is essentially to exchange up-and-coming professionals (“rising stars”) to develop innovative and sustainable solutions. The ultimate goal is to share best practices among senior media management.

Bridging stakeholders

Our events

Europe’s MediaLab (Fondation EURACTIV) organises policy stakeholder events in Brussels. We host panel discussions moderated by a relevant expert, with 4-10 high-level speakers.

We gather panellists and participants, from all EU institutions, including MEPs, European and national associations and organisations, private companies, NGOs, think tanks, academia and media. We use different formats, such as conference, fishbowl, roundtable, and interactive workshops.


Training and workshops

We also promote debates and sharing of best practices, through training programmes, innovation exchange and interactive workshops. In particular, we provide extensive training for both its team members and media professionals from third party organisations.

In cooperation with our partners, universities and foundations, we organise lively workshops, involving all participants, developing skills and stimulating innovative approaches.

Partners' Events

We also address and co-organise events with our partners. Our goal, above all, is to encourage the development of projects, activities and creative ideas focused on the future of  journalism and democracies.