Our think-and-do-tank has two main sources of income, namely:
- 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.
- 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 (2020 Annual Accounts: summary since 2015).
Europe’s MediaLab (Fondation EURACTIV) is a think-and-do-tank developing quality projects fostering the media sector’s innovation and skills, and organising policy conferences, training programmes and workshops. Our expertise and services are:
- THINK – Media Policy: Strategy, research, studies and events on media policy, media innovation, platform regulation, disinformation, and governance
- THINK – Media Policy: Stakeholder and policymaker relations, expertise on business models, editorial and legal issues
- THINK – Media Policy: Advice and coordination of communication & dissemination (with EURACTIV Media Network)
- DO – Innovation training: Training and coaching media on EU institutions and EU policies
THINK – Media Policy: We have a strong track record with media across borders. In many projects, we have a strategic role, not always as project leader, demonstrating an ability to bring together the best players efficiently. Significant experience and deep industry insight are our strengths. We are a trusted and knowledgeable partner for stakeholders and the EU institutions. We provide innovative and original tools and ideas for the implementation of policy events and innovation projects, led by a highly-skilled and experienced team. In 2021, with our partner IDATE Digiworld, we completed the European Commission’s strategic feasibility study on a European Platform for Quality Content. Executive summary available here.
DO – Training and Innovation: Training is an integral aspect of our organisation’s sustained growth in an era of media crisis. In the past 15 years, we have trained about 1,000 media professionals, involving cross-border media cooperation. Our flagship project is Stars4Media, the innovation exchange programme for media professionals. With our partners the VUB University, the European Federation of Journalists and the leading publishers’ association WAN-IFRA, we are implementing the programme’s second edition
Together with consortium members VUB, WAN-IFRA and EJC, MediaLab presented a proposal to the EU’s Call for Journalism Partnership. If successful, the funding would help a new phase of the programme Stars4Media: NEWS. Interested co-funders are also welcome to join in and support these activities, where their goals and principles are mutually beneficial.
Expanding the field of activities, MediaLab and partners submitted a project idea to the European Commission Horizon call for AI to fight disinformation.
Europe’s MediaLab is also discussing project opportunities with private organisations. As a ‘Fondation d’Utilité Publique’ under Belgian law, Europe’s MediaLab is a member of the ‘King Baudouin Foundation’ (KBF). Donations received via KBF are granting tax deductibility in Belgium.
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).