Other FAQs

General Intro



The company

The future

General Intro


  • Who founded EURACTIV?

EURACTIV was founded in 1999 by Christophe Leclercq. It is now a 100+ strong team with an editorial team of around 50 editors, journalists and translators.

  • What is the founding concept behind EURACTIV?

EURACTIV contributes to transparency and efficiency in EU Affairs. It extends the political debate to include EU news and private sector policy positions.

  • You say that you help promote the concept of transparency in the European dialogue, how do you do this practically?

EURACTIV’s coverage of EU Affairs concentrates on policy positions by EU Actors trying to influence policies in the pre-legislative phase, before a Commission proposal. By providing links to the full text of these positions, EURACTIV brings more visibility, and therefore more transparency, to the processes of influencing EU policies.




What topics/sections does EURACTIV cover?

Policy Sections: providing in-depth analysis of key EU policies

  • euractiv.com covers 16 policy sections: Agriculture & Food, Development Policy, Elections, EU Priorities 2020, Energy, Euro & Finance, Europe’s East, Global Europe, Health & Consumers, InfoSociety, Innovation & Enterprise, Languages & Culture, Science & Policymaking, Sustainable Development, Transport and UK in Europe
  • Policy developments in the following areas are monitored via mini-sections (although in a less in-depth manner) Central Europe, Climate & Environment, Competition, Education, Enlargement, Future EU, Justice & Home Affairs, Public Affairs, Regional Policy, Security, Social Europe & Jobs, Sports, Trade & Industry. These “mini-sections” can be upgraded to full sections, as soon as sponsoring for them is found.

What are the different types of content in each sections?

Features of Section coverage :

  • Relevant news (see above)
  • LinksDossiers: summarising and monitoring specific EU Policy issues; aggregating links to EU institutions, governments, industry think tanks and NGOs
    • quick introduction to the main issues of the debate
    • background information
    • policy positions
    • next steps
  • External Analysis: complementing our dossiers with external sources of insight ( with content partners such as think tanks and NGOs and also academics and scientifics
  • Overviews: comparing the main positions or data in a visual way
  • Email Newsletters: daily monitoring and weekly summary of your favourite policy section’s news

Additional valuable content:

  • Agenda: Brussels, EU and international events at a glance
  • Search engine & Archives: quick access to all EURACTIV content





  • Who provided the start-up capital?

The initial capital was provided by the founder, Christophe Leclercq and his family, and is sufficient to sustain the company for several years to come. Most EURACTIV team members are also shareholders. Questions? Mail to founder@euractiv.com

  • Are you looking for investors?

As we expand across Europe, we might raise some more equity. For the current operations, we do not need new sources of money.

  • What business model does EURACTIV use?

EURACTIV’s services are financed from several sources, in order to provide free services and ensure independence:

  • Sponsoring: support from international corporations or professional service companies. Numerous companies wish to build a constructive reputation and/or to communicate their expertise within EU policy circles. They can do so by sponsoring EURACTIV in general or by supporting a specific section, a Country Dossier or a LinksDossier.
  • EurActors: federations, consultants, regions and NGOs that need to communicate and network through the EU Brussels circles.
  • EU Projects: EU or national funding, due to the ‘public service’ or ‘demonstration’ value dimension of some services. Respecting independence, and never more than half of EURACTIV’s funding.
  • Advertising: internet ads, relevant to EU Actors readership. Also advertising pages in ‘paper’ summaries on EU policy debates.



The company


  • So you are an Internet start-up?

We are now over 15 years old, using the best technology available. 30 years ago, we would have been paper-based, 20 years ago we would have used faxes, today we use the Internet, tomorrow, who knows?

  • You receive funding from the European Commission and sponsoring from large corporate sponsors: does that influence your coverage of the European institutions?

No. The Commission and the corporate sponsors can give feedback on the policy areas we cover as one of the criteria for opening new sections. But they do not determine the coverage. In fact, sponsors are generally eager to see balanced coverage, including NGOs and links to the press. We also have clear guidelines in the editorial team concerning our principles: transparency, efficiency and independence. In 2004 “Fondation EURACTIV” was established to enhance further our independence. An advisory council of independent people from academia, NGO’s, other media and think-tanks advices EURACTIV on media independence.

  • Who are your competitors?

EURACTIV has few direct competitors. Some other media do provide news on EU policies, but each with its own specialty, for example printed publications European Voice, EIS and Agence Europe, and of course Europa itself. Most online media are using a subscription based business model.Moreover, none of them are doing the same. We focus on the non-institutional sector, upstream of policy proposals, and providing value-adding overviews and links. Furthermore, we are the only European online media with a network in 12 EU capitals, publishing in more than 12 languages.

  • What is unique about EURACTIV?

EURACTIV’s coverage concentrates less on the institutional side of EU policies and more on policy debates upstream (i.e. before the institutional legislative process begins). We also look at policies from the private sector perspective, meaning essentially industry, NGOs and the national press. EURACTIV’s use of a powerful document database system allows it to link to all relevant documents and policy positions, shortening the time to find the right information for EU Actors.



The Future


  • Will EURACTIV content remain mainly in English?

No, EURACTIV is not only available in English. EURACTIV has a local team in 12 EU Capitals and is publishes in more than 12 languages.

  • Will EURACTIV be taken over by media giants like Pearson or Bertelsmann?

No, on the contrary, EURACTIV has plans for the takeover of one of the large European media groups! Seriously, we like to co-operate with many partners, and already do. See our CrossLingual network, which included some large national media. We might co-operate with even larger ones in the future, but wish to retain our independence.



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