#Media4EU: who on High Level Group on healthy EU Media sector?

Posted by Christophe Leclercq on 24/02/15

Last month, Fondation EurActiv released its ‘Yellow Overview’ with 6 recommendations for independent and sustainable media in Europe at an event gathering 120+ policy-makers, stakeholders and media representatives in the European Parliament. (You can read more on this here and here, and in my previous #Media4EU blog posts.) Call for a High Level Group for a [...]

AEGEE-Europe on Europe and Russia: today’s challenge from a youth perspective

Posted by Christophe Leclercq on 16/02/15

The pan-European student organization had a conference in Burgos, Spain, on 18 to 21 February 2015. It again chose a visionary topic, and asked me for an opening statement, below. “Buenos dias, bonjour! Europe and Russia: Today’s challenge from a youth perspective. What a great topic! 1) Congratulations for gathering so many people and so [...]

EurActiv 2015: Open Access, Open Debates, Open Borders, Open Minds & Open Data

Posted by Christophe Leclercq on 07/02/15
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Chers ami(e)s et partenaires d’EurActiv, L’année 2015 commence bien pour vous? Nous sortons d’une année politique de renouvellement européen des dirigeants et des priorités. C’est maintenant le temps des législations débattues et des actions mises en œuvre dans les pays. Le réseau EurActiv en 12 langues y prendra toute sa part, depuis 12 capitales. Nous [...]

TTIP & media, Perspectives from both sides of the Atlantic: EurActiv speech in Washington DC

Posted by Christophe Leclercq on 03/02/15
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This is a lightly edited version of my speaking note for an event held at the EU Delegation on January 15. The event was ‘off the record’, to foster real debate as it did, but I do not mind publishing my own speech, in ‘Chatham House’ style. I heard some variety of views in Washington, [...]

#MEDIA4EU : EU strategy for independent & sustainable media

Posted by Christophe Leclercq on 29/01/15

A PDF version of the “Yellow Overview” document can be downloaded here. ORIGINS & PROCESS: BY MEDIA PROFESSIONALS OVER the PAST 18 MONTHS The media are facing dual crises: economic and digital. A working group[1] of journalists, publishers and other media experts have studied the European media landscape, including many past failures at EU level. [...]

#MEDIA4EU: Stratégie européenne pour des médias indépendants et viables

Posted by Christophe Leclercq on 29/01/15

Téléchargez une copie du “papier jaune” en PDF. ORIGINES & PROCESSUS : RAPPORT RÉALISÉE PAR PROFESSIONNELS DES MÉDIAS AU COURS DES 18 DERNIERS MOIS Les médias font face à une double crise, économique et numérique. Un groupe de travail[1], composé de journalistes, d’éditeurs, et d’autres experts des médias, a étudié le paysage médiatique européen et ses [...]

EU Strategy for Independent and Sustainable Media – Final Draft report – 09.10.2014

Posted by Christophe Leclercq on 28/01/15
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The media are facing dual crises: economic and digital. A working group  of journalists, publishers and other media experts have studied the European media landscape, including many past failures at EU level. The Association of European Journalists, present in many countries, asked Christophe Leclercq to chair this group. A Draft paper was prepared and circulated in [...]

Innovation Summit: my conclusions, better policy-making, beyond R&D programmes

Posted by Christophe Leclercq on 26/11/14

The Innovation Summit hosted by the European Parliament on 17-20 November reviewed policies under the headline ‘a mandate for innovation’. The MEP-led organiser, K4I (Knowledge for Innovation), gathered 4 Commissioner, including for example the one for research , many MEPs including several committee chairs, and a large number of corporate and association representatives. Below are [...]

Parliament’s support for innovation and potential inter-institutional approach

Posted by Christophe Leclercq on 26/11/14

Knowledge for Innovation, an MEP-led association, organized its 6th Innovation Summit this week, in partnership with several organisations including EurActiv, which covered several sessions, and moderated the conclusions (separate post). The timing was good: just after the start of the Jucker Commission and before Mr Tusk arrives: which I addressed in an Opinion piece. Having [...]

Parliament Single Seat(s)? Europe’s peace in Strasbourg, EU democracy in Brussels

Posted by Christophe Leclercq on 26/09/14

The journalist Richard Hill asked me for a contribution on the ‘single seat’, for the upcoming magazine of BECI, the Brussels business organisation. Here is the full version of my view, taking a broader view than just costs and time.   “ The European Parliament’s Single Seat campaign has been going on for years, mainly [...]

#TranslatingEurope Forum: my keynote on Multilingualism in Europe(an) Media

Posted by Christophe Leclercq on 18/09/14

The translation community had an stimulating day, which I addressed in a keynote from the viewpoint of users and media. Overall: yes, innovations work and are being rolled-out. Background on the #TranslatingEurope Forum and my intervention This is the first of a new series,  organised the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Translation, for an audience of [...]

#Media4EU 4/4 | Why share media challenges? Learning from each other…

Posted by Christophe Leclercq on 12/09/14
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Sharing best practices is constructive and stimulating. Plus competition leads to continuous improvements. I welcome new attempts, see for example: RT @LeclercqEU: #Springer (Bild’) & Politico (US): bienvenue a BXL! Contrer le populisme, pas renforcer… #Media4EU http://t.co/DnvAne8N6T — Christophe Leclercq (@LeclercqEU) September 10, 2014 This cooperative approach builds on interactions in many relevant circles. EurActiv [...]

#Media4EU 3/4 | EU media policy, hopes? Sustained media independence?

Posted by Christophe Leclercq on 12/09/14
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The first hope, better strategies by media companies themselves, is addressed elsewhere. Indeed, most European media attempts have failed so far. And here is why I share these findings freely. As for the political context, there are both idealistic, policy, and organisational aspects. The ‘European public space’ First, some in civil society and europoliticians alike [...]

#Media4EU 1/4 | Could Springer/Politico succeed where most ‘European media’ failed? 10 strategic challenges

Posted by Christophe Leclercq on 12/09/14

Axel Springer (‘Bild’ and others, beyond Germany), and Politico (chiefly Washington, also NY) will jointly launch a media, covering Europe, probably branching out of Brussels. This was reported in the NYTimes this week, then commented in the Columbia Journalism Review: “You would need a strong profile and be able to show readers what they would [...]

#Media4EU 2|4 0f 20 media groups to ‘go European’: most failed, not all

Posted by Christophe Leclercq on 11/09/14

I count around 30 attempts to develop ‘European media’ since the EU was set-up in 1958  (no, I was not born). Including nearly 20 by what can be called ‘media groups’. Depending on how you count, nearly 10 of these media still exist, but I think not all will make it to 2020. The list [...]

InterActiv Europe 2014-19: New faces, policies & tools

Posted by Christophe Leclercq on 11/09/14
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The debates between ‘Spitzenkandidaten’ coloured the EP electoral campaign. EurActiv participated in this initiative as a media partner of each event and coverages the election campaigns in 10 languages. Ultimately, the European parties won the day. In the face of tremendous challenges and under pressure from Eurosceptics, the powerbrokers showed great responsibility in forming a [...]

InterActiv Europe 2014-19 : nouveaux visages, politiques, outils

Posted by Christophe Leclercq on 10/09/14
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Les débats entre  Spitzenkandidaten ont marqué la campagne électorale. EurActiv a participé à cette nouveauté, comme partenaire média de chaque évènement, et en couvrant les campagnes. De fait, les partis européens ont réussi. Faiseurs de rois, ils font preuve de responsabilité, obligés par l’ampleur des défis et la pression des eurosceptiques. C’est donc une coalition qui dirigera nos institutions durant cinq ans. Après les [...]

Une énarque avec du cœur… pour l’Europe: discours de légion d’honneur

Posted by Christophe Leclercq on 30/08/14

J’ai assisté à la remise du titre de chevalier à une haute fonctionnaire française, maintenant diplomate. La motivation derrière sa carrière, l’engagement qu’elle exprime, m’ont amené à lui proposer de republier ici son propre discours. En voici les extraits essentiels. Christophe @LeclercqEU   “Extrait d’un discours prononcé le 16 mai 2014 à l’occasion de la [...]

Discours de Philippe ETIENNE lors de son départ pour Berlin: mise en perspective

Posted by Christophe Leclercq on 10/07/14

J’ai assisté le 23 juillet à la réception de départ de l’Ambassadeur de France auprès de l’UE, alors qu’il s’apprète à prendre ses nouvelles fonctions à Berlin.Voici ce que je retiens de cette rotation à la Représentation Permanente, des participants, et du discours. Ce ‘mouvement diplomatique’, comme on dit, est réfléchi. Il va de pair [...]

Online & Media Engagement : Transparency + efficiency via languages & EU Community

Posted by Christophe Leclercq on 20/06/14

I was invited yesterday to speak at the first European Digital Advocacy Summit, organised by Andras Baneth of European offices of the Public Affairs Council (PAC). Speaking after a keynote by Robert Madelin, I shared a panel with Bruno Waterfield of The Telegraph, on this topic: ‘sucessfull online & media engagement’. These are the main [...]

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Christophe Leclercq, media entrepreneur, founded EurActiv. Former EU competition official and McKinsey strategy consultant. @LeclercqEU speaks in EN, FR, DE about public affairs, EU comms & languages. more.



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