Euractiv Media Network


Antwerp, BelgiumFounded in 1999Trust Project news partner since

Euractiv is an independent pan-European media network specializing in EU affairs.

Euractiv aims to spark and nourish policy debates among stakeholders, including government, business and civil society. The EURACTIV Media Network consists of a mixture of independent news outlets some carrying the name EURACTIV, and others with their own identity but who share The Euractiv mission. 

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Best Practices Policies

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Euractiv covers policy processes upstream of decisions and aims to summarize the issues without taking sides. The policy coverage of Euractiv is spread across eight hubs: agrifood, economy, energy and environment, global Europe, health, politics, technology and transport. 

Its media network partners seek to complement the Brussels perspective on EU news and policy debates with national angles and localize the coverage to the interests and needs of the readers.

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Euractiv's policy is to produce content with full impartiality, without favoring the political views of any national or international institution, government, political party or pressure group. 

This obligation of independence dictates the conduct of all journalists, editors and staff members participating in preparing editorial content, from news-gathering to publication. 

At a time of growing and sometimes justified public suspicion about the impartiality, accuracy and integrity of the news media, Euractiv and its staff strive to maintain the highest ethical standards to ensure continued reader confidence in their content. 

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Ownership & Funding

EURACTIV is a private company owned by the international newsgroup Mediahuis, which is composed of more than 30 news outlets. Mediahuis's headquarters is in Antwerp, Belgium.

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Diverse Voices

Euractiv’s European newsroom strives to include each perspective around any given policy debate and to portray some of those audiences who are often less represented politically, including young people and rural communities. The organization's mission is to serve all Europeans, and Euractiv is constantly looking to improve diversity and increase the number of people in Europe who feel represented in news and policy coverage.

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Although every article is reviewed twice before publication, Euractiv notes that even the best news coverage can contain errors or require further clarification. 

Any reader can propose a correction on the content of any article via several channels:

When a mistake is identified, or in cases where the right of reply is granted, an editor will look at the original and double-check if it is appropriate to amend it. 

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Unnamed Sources

Euractiv states that its use of an unnamed source is rare and reporters do not grant “off the record” interviews. However, Euractive will sometimes grant confidentiality in order to protect the source. The journalist will by default name their sources unless explicitly asked not to do so. When such a request is made the journalist consults with an editor in cases where confidentiality makes sense to apply. In parallel, they also attempt to find alternative sources willing to go on the record.

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