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TypeNews Website
Founder(s)Christophe Leclercq
LanguageEnglish, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Polish, Slovak, Czech, Greek, Bulgarian, Romanian & Serbian
HeadquartersBrussels, Belgium
CountryBelgium, France, United Kingdom, Germany, Spain, Italy, Poland, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Greece, Bulgaria, Romania, Croatia & Serbia

EURACTIV is an independent pan-European media network specialised in EU policies, founded in 1999 by the French media publisher Christophe Leclercq.[1][2] Its headquarters and central editorial staff are located in Brussels, although its content is produced by about 50 journalists[3] staffed in Belgium, Bulgaria, Czechia, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Poland, Romania, Serbia, and Slovakia.[4]

EURACTIV's reporting focuses on the pre-legislative stage of EU decision-making, with a team of translators translating up to 2,750 article a year[5][6]. Articles are freely available in English and 11 other European languages.[7] In addition to EURACTIV's editorial team, the company has established partnerships with media outlets such as Der Tagesspiegel, Agencia EFE and Ouest-France.

EURACTIV has diversified sources of funding, as the company seeks private and public revenues to run its business. In 2019, about a fifth of EURACTIV's income came from public sources, including the EU.[8] Other sources of revenue are advertising and corporate sponsoring.

In 2018, the Annual ComRes/Burson-Marsteller survey of EU experts placed EURACTIV among the leading media outlets covering EU affairs, above Euronews and the EUObserver.[9] In 2019, a survey conducted by Politico ranked EURACTIV second on the list of the top 20 most influential media outlets among Members of the European Parliament.[10]

EURACTIV's reporting is regularly quoted by international newspapers such as The New York Times,[11] the Financial Times,[12] CNN,[13] Le Point[14] or Il Post.[15]


Christophe Leclercq is the founder of EURACTIV. He is currently the Chairman of EURACTIV Foundation, a non-profit organisation aiming at analysing the sustainability and transparency of media outlets.[16] David Mekkaoui is the Chief Executive Officer of EURACTIV.


EURACTIV has been covering the European Parliament and other EU institutions for twenty years. Its editorial coverage not only includes European politics in Brussels, but also more in-depth analysis of EU policies in areas such as energy and environment, agriculture, food safety, transport and tech policy.

Apart from daily articles, EURACTIV also produces special reports on specific policy topics. In 2016, the company introduced its flagship newsletter The Brief. In 2019, EURACTIV launched a new round of EU-focused newsletters: The Capitals, the Digital Brief and the Transport Brief. In 2018, EURACTIV organised more than 70 events, most of them sponsored, in the form of workshops or debates.[17]

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Notes and references

  1. ^ Greece in the Eurozone Crisis, Georgios Karyotis, Roman Gerodimos
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  3. ^ Kanter, James (2019-04-22). "The European Press Corps Cannot Cover the EU". The Atlantic. Retrieved 2019-07-26.
  4. ^ "EurActiv". STYLE. Retrieved 2019-07-26.
  5. ^ Lowry, Mathew (2018-08-15). "Opening up EurActiv's media innovation programme". Medium. Retrieved 2019-07-26.
  6. ^ "European publishers are teaming together to translate the news to reach broader audiences". Nieman Lab. Retrieved 2019-07-26.
  7. ^ "EURACTIV". Crunchbase. 2019.
  8. ^ Kanter, James (2019-04-22). "The European Press Corps Cannot Cover the EU". The Atlantic. Retrieved 2019-07-26.
  9. ^ "What influences the influencers? 2018 EU Media Survey" (PDF). ComRes Global. 2018.
  10. ^ "The Brussels Twitter bubble — an illustrated guide". POLITICO. 2019-07-03. Retrieved 2019-07-26.
  11. ^ Rueb, Emily S. (2019-05-29). "'Freedom Gas,' the Next American Export". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2019-07-26.
  12. ^ "Persecuted prosecutor". FT Brussels briefing - Your daily insight on Europe.
  13. ^ Business, Brian Stelter, CNN. "News outlets band together to establish the One Free Press Coalition". CNN. Retrieved 2019-07-26.
  14. ^, Le (2019-04-03). "Les « burgers » végétariens bientôt interdits ?". Le Point (in French). Retrieved 2019-07-26.
  15. ^ "L'elezione di von der Leyen è in bilico". Il Post (in Italian). 2019-07-12. Retrieved 2019-07-26.
  16. ^ "Quo vadis Europa? | Christophe Leclercq, founder of Euractiv, on Europe's reaction to fake news". Retrieved 2019-07-26.
  17. ^ "Quo vadis Europa? | Christophe Leclercq, founder of Euractiv, on Europe's reaction to fake news". Retrieved 2019-07-26.