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Recent events


Preparing a Media Intergroup

On July 24th, in cooperation with the European Federation of Journalists and EU40, we organised an informal breakfast meeting with 26 MEPs assistants and group/committees advisors to facilitate the creation of a Media Intergroup in the EP.  This initiative is supported by MEPs from the 4 main groups (EPP, S&D, Renew Europe and Greens/EFA), as the timetable, the membership and the potential activities of this Intergroup were discussed. It is time to tackle the challenges of the media sector: economic viability, disinformation, press freedom, media and platforms regulation, cross-border investments.


Following our last two June events with key policy makers and media stakeholders, we are supporting a Democracy Package for healthy democracies and media in Europe. This process entails 3 parallel actions:
1) a Top Priority for Democracy
2) a VP Democracy for the European Commission
3) a Media Intergroup in the European Parliament

June-November 2019

Europe's Media Lab

Europe’s Media Lab is a series of events designed to enrich the conversation on the sector’s needs at EU level. It is a one-in-5-year opportunity to have a healthy media sector as “EU priority” through two phases:

1/ June 2019 | #MEDIA4DEMOCRACY

2/ November 2019 | Innovation Forum: Bottom-up policy, learning & input, match-making

EP Elections - Electoral debate with French candidates

In April, 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. This conference gathered 80+ participants from EU Digital and Media sector.
  • Media independence for quality debates: this first exchange on freedom of the press in Europe was moderated by Stephen Boucher, with 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 second panel was moderated by Christophe Leclercq and 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.

Past events

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 public Euroscepticism and developed tools to communicate EU policies in local environmentsThe main project output is 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 Elmar Brok and Mercedes Bresso, 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

Fondation EURACTIV Events

Fondation EURACTIV organises policy stakeholder events in Brussels. Usually, we host panel discussions moderated by a relevant expert, with 4-10 speakers representing a multitude of European actors; for instance: the European Commission, the European Parliament, Member States, the media sector, civil society, industry and think tanks. In addition, we gather high-level participants from all EU institutions, including MEPs, European and national-level associations and organisations; but also private companies, NGOs, think tanks, academia and media. We use different formats: conference, fishbowl, roundtable, hackathon…


Partners' Events

Occasionally, we address and/or 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 the media industry.

Training and workshops

We also promote debates and sharing of best practices, through training programmes and interactive workshops. In particular, we provide extensive training for both its team members and young journalists from third party organisations. Clients and potential clients can be assured that any speaker or moderator nominated by Fondation EURACTIV is well-trained in the art communicating. Furthermore, in cooperation with our partners, universities and foundations, we organise lively discussion groups. These groups aim at involving all participants, developing skills and stimulating innovative approaches.