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About us

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

Media sustainability | Executive training | Media policy

Fondation EURACTIV is primarily established as a Belgian not-for-profit organisation. What makes us unique is that we work as a hub and convener at the intersection of legacy media, Europe, and democracy:

  • Firstly, we provide analysis and facilitate a dialogue between media professionals and the EU.
  • Secondly, we implement projects that have a positive effect on the sector’s ability to innovate and be sustainable across venues. In turn, this fosters a healthy democracy and the emergence of a European public sphere.
  • Third, and most importantly, the media sector in Europe is in need of creative forms of medicine that help boost its health alongside subsidies, regulations and policies. As such, we connect with EU policy makers and reflect on with them on the media sector’s needs and tech trends; we subsequently leverage what opportunities the EU offers through unique knowledge of the EU policy-making process and the media ecosystem; and eventually, build partnerships and experiment sustainable projects.

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

Valentin Dupouey, Programme and Development Director

Until recently, he was Secretary General of JEF Europe, one of the leading European youth organisations. He has been working and volunteering for 10 years in European youth, education and sport civil society organisations. He is currently a board member of the European Movement International (EMI).

+32 (0)4 85 939 926 , valentin.dupouey@euractiv.com

Christophe Leclercq, Chairman

Founder of EURACTIV media network and chair of 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).


Nathalie Bargues, Communications and Projects Manager

She is currently in charge of communications, projects and events organisation. Previously, as Projects Officer at ALDA, she worked on implementing EU funded projects focused on Youth and entrepreneurship in the Balkans.

+32 (0)2 788 36 68, nathalie.bargues@euractiv.com

Sharon Candela, Projects Assistant

Graduate in International Relations from ULB, she has joined Foundation EURACTIV’s team as Projects Assistant. Previously, as an intern at the Italian Trade Agency, she conducted sector research in the field of consumer goods and EU affairs.

+32 (0)2 788 36 80, sharon.candela@euractiv.com

Thierry Leroy, Treasurer

Public Projects Finance Director at EURACTIV, has a vast experience in financial management, gained as Treasurer of ‘Alliance française de Bruxelles-Europe’. Since 2007, he has been Treasurer of Fondation EURACTIV.

+32 (0)2 226 58 27, tresorier@fondationeuractiv.be

Julian Oliver, Board Member

As a Board Member of Fondation EURACTIV, he shares his experience of EU affairs and mentors the other team members. He also promotes the efficiency and transparency of the community of European actors.

+32 (0)2 788 36 68, julian.oliver@euractiv.com

Stephen Boucher, Board Member

Former Managing Director of Fondation EURACTIV, he is now a Board Member with experience in EU policy-making. Previously, he was CEO of consoGlobe.com, director for European policy at the European Climate Foundation (ECF) and co-director of the Jacques Delors Institute.



Our governance

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 the media.

• 10 Board Members: list as of June 2019

• 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
Caroline Jenner, CEO JA Europe
Christophe Leclercq, Founder of EURACTIV
Sharon Leclercq-Spooner, EPPA
David Mekkaoui, CEO EURACTIV
Julian Oliver, Fondation EURACTIV
Caroline Pauwels, VUB
Max Von Abendroth, Dafne
Stephen Boucher, Dreamocracy


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 Fondation EURACTIV are filed with the Belgian Central Bank, as required under Fondation EURACTIV statutes (2016 Annual Accounts: summary since 2009).