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June Newsletter – After new MEPs election: creating a media inter-group

Dear  Friend, There will be no summer break for European policy-makers until decisions are made about EU top jobs and coalitions are formed. The European Parliament has already suffered a setback as the Spitzenkandidaten process has been trampled by heads of states. This has triggered an OpEd by Christophe Leclercq, founder of EURACTIV Media Network, calling MEPs to..

25th June event: “EU media sector needs a Marshall Plan, experts say”, by Antoine Germain | on EURACTIV.com

The policy forum “#Media4Democracy: A VP Democracy for Sound Platforms and Independent Media” was organised by Fondation EURACTIV, EU40, Future Media Lab. and Equinor in the European Parliament on 25 June 2019. It involved 10 speakers representing the EU institutions, the media sector, as well as associations and think-tanks: Strategy for media ecosystem 2019-2024, with..

Opinion Piece on EURACTIV.com : “MEPs: Demand VP Democracy, after Spitzenkandidaten setback”

  Last week’s Summit did not bode well for Parliament’s Spitzenkandidaten process of electing the next Commission President. However, before endorsing the final ‘ticket’ put in front of them, parliamentary groups can make coalition demands: a new top job could help, for healthy media and sound platforms. Christophe Leclercq founded the EURACTIV Media Network and the..

Press Release: #Media4Democracy networking event for MEPs

MEPs from different groups gather around media issues Europe’s Media Lab – #Media4Democracy – June 4th – Press release Fondation EURACTIV, in cooperation with EU40 hosted a first MEP networking event to gather interest for a Media Intergroup. Also, MEPs who worked towards a healthy media sector were awarded. Sound democracies need healthy media. It..

May Newsletter – Democracy policies in 2019-24: platforms & media

Dear Friend, This newsletter builds on the election results, confirming major concerns for the EU’s future. Populism has many reasons, it was fed by social media platforms directly, and by the media sector indirectly. We can all help to tackle this worrying drift, more deeply than the disinformation initiatives of the previous mandate. After years..

Opinion Piece on EURACTIV.com: “EU coalition and futureproof media: Europe needs a VP for Democracy”

  Given difficult elections, the new EU Commission President will need a theme supporting MEPs and Prime Ministers. After years of fake news, platforms’ self-regulation and media crisis, this ecosystem could be rebalanced by a Vice-President for Democracy, Media and Platforms, Christophe Leclercq argues. Christophe Leclercq founded the EURACTIV Media Network and the think-and-do tank Fondation..

April Newsletter – Skills for media & EU policy priorities

  Dear Friend, After what will likely be “difficult” EU elections, what should 2019 be about? We believe it should focus on big ideas, notably democracy, as well as the revival of the media sector. Moving on from fighting fake news, cybersecurity and – rightly – from challenging dominant social platforms. In relation to these..

Training European professionals in 21st century public policy and communication skills

Fondation EURACTIV and its media partner have trained around 1000 people over the years, mostly young media professionals. The foundation’s former Secretary General tries to draw some lessons from this experience, before the think-do tank embarks on new programmes. Training for life / Life long learning / Training by doing /Train the trainers These are..

March Newsletter – Digital Media: thinking ahead to online democracy

©Artwork by Hayati’nin Evreni – “Six Tuscan Poets”, Giorgio Vasari – see it here on Instagram Dear  Friend, As readers of this newsletter and media policy experts, you will surely have a view on: a) the following terminology issue which troubles me; b) what priority we deserve under the next EU mandate. There is growing evidence that the current reference to ‘platforms’ is too broad and..

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European strategy for the media sector 2019-2024

The Open Letter to the president of the European Commission is accessible at the links below. Six MEPs and six independent media experts co-signed it personally. The letter is a reaction to the EU Action Plan on disinformation published on December 5th, 2018:

Christophe Leclercq’s Op-Ed on how to support European media is available in EN, FR, DEAfter the copyright win, what strategy for Europe’s media sector?

Since January 2018, Christophe Leclercq is one of the experts on the High-Level Expert Group (HLEG) on disinformation set up by the Digital Commissioner Mariya Gabriel.
He was also the rapporteur of the subgroup representing the press. Moreover, other subgroups gathered broadcasters, civil society, academics, and the platforms.

Read the report of the HLEG published in March 2018 here: “Final report of the High Level Expert Group on Fake News and Online Disinformation

You can also read the Opinion piece summarising the works of the High-Level Expert Group on disinformation of which he is a member (available in EN, FR, DE): Avoid censorship, dilute fake with quality news.