EurActiv holds first Advisory Council meeting for its “EU Community” initiative


08 Nov 2013


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BRUSSELS – Fondation EurActiv convened the first meeting of its voluntary advisors on November 5th, 2013, in the European Parliament.  "EU Community" aims to lay the foundation for a new era in EU policy-making by providing tools that help identify credible stakeholders and relevant documents. It builds on the latest developments in online technologies to aggregate information into profiles of EU stakeholders and visualisiation of policy processes

The Advisory Council is initially composed of the following members*:


Malcolm Harbour, MEP (ECR – UK), Chairman of Internal Market & Consumers Committee, Board of European Internet Foundation

Jo Leinen, MEP (PES – DE), President of the European Movement International

Gianni Pittella, MEP (PES – IT), First Vice President of the European Parliament

Gerald Hafner, MEP (Green – DE), Co-Initiator of European Citizen’s Initiative

Pilar del Castillo Vera, MEP (EPP – ES), Chair of the European Internet Foundation

Sir Julian Priestley (UK), Former Secretary General of the European Parliament

Private Sector:

Frank Schwalba-Hoth (DE), Former MEP and expert in building networked communities

Peter Jeavons (UK), Senior Sales Director, EMEA, Policy Automation Software, Oracle

Frank Montag (DE), Partner, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, LLP

Philippe Cayla (FR), Chairman of EuroNews Development & former President of EuroNews

Christophe Leclercq (FR), Founder of EurActiv, Initiator of “EU Community” and Chairman of the Advisory Council

The Council’s primary role is to advise and evaluate the initiative’s added-value for users and to represent the EU Community itself.  A diverse body, composed of both public and private sector stakeholders, they will mentor and challenge the initiative. Council members will also provide ad-hoc advice according to their individual competencies and expertise.

Pilar del Castillo, MEP (EPP) & Chair of the European Internet Foundation as host of this first meeting said:  “Information and communication technology now permeate virtually all aspects of our lives.  ICT is inextricably linked with our desire for a prosperous and competitive economy.  In this regard, the “EU Community” project will make access to EU policy more efficient and it will do so in an innovative and attractive manner.  It is an honour to serve on this Advisory Council that will challenge, mentor and provide strategic advice to the initiative.”

Christophe Leclercq, EurActiv Founder, Initiator of "EU Community" and Chairman of its Advisory Council noted: "We are delighted about the support of such senior advisors as we drive this ambitious initiative forward.  This will support the next era in EU policy-making.  The balance between public and private sector is important as we address a broad range of user needs.  Once the ‘EU Community’ project is implemented, EU stakeholders will have online tools connected to offline events to increase their efficiency.”

Peter Jeavons, Senior Sales Director EMEA, Policy Automation Software, Oracle said:   “The challenge is to merge the mountains of dynamic information and static data from the cloud by utilising new technologies.  This will push the credible and relevant info to the stakeholders.  Ultimately, these efficiencies will translate into deeper stakeholder engagement and an improvement in policy options.”

As a public-private partnership, the “EU Community” project is co-funded by a grant from the European Commission (DG CONNECT) and executed by a consortium of eight organizations.  EurActiv recently sourced private funding through a Partnership with Oracle.  As the Initiator of the project, EurActiv plans to bring other corporations and/or foundations on board in the form of Strategic Partners.  Private funds from these partners will serve to expand the core objectives and contribute to the sustainability of the project.

Fondation EurActiv’s role in the project is to set the research strategy and agenda driven by stakeholders.  It will ensure the interactions between user needs, research challenges and functional results.

For its part, will lead dissemination and roll-out by leveraging its network’s targeted readership.


Strategic Partnerships
Megan Browne
Tel: +32 (0)2 788 36 77

Project Operations
David Mekkaoui
Tel: +32 (0)2 788 36 75

Chairman, Advisory Council
Christophe Leclercq
Tel: +32 (0)2 226 58 13

Dominique Ostyn
Tel: +32 (0)2 788 36 88

EurActiv, the European Media Network present in 15 capitals, publishes free EU news and facilitates EU policy debates for policy professionals in 15 languages. With 3 million page views and 675,089 ‘unique visitors’ per month, EurActiv is the leading online media on EU affairs.

Foundation EurActiv Politech, a public service foundation by Belgian Royal Decree, acts primarily to bring together individuals and organisations seeking to shape or influence European Union policies. Its overall aim is ‘Faciliter efficacité et transparence de la Communauté des Acteurs Européens’; More specifically its activities focus on hosting and supporting independent media, training of journalists, developing the use of social media and mobile technologies and providing philanthropic support.

EuroNews is a fully digital television and radio news channel, headquartered in Lyon-Écully, France. Created in 1993 it covers world news from a Pan-European perspective in 14 languages.

European Internet Foundation (EIF) - EIF’s mission is to support Members of the European Parliament from all political groups in their efforts to shape policy and regulation responsive to the growing potential of the internet and new technologies.  EIF focuses on issues and actions at the top of the political agenda and on emerging future trends at both European and global level.

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer is a multinational law firm headquartered in London.

Oracle engineers hardware and software to work together in the cloud and in your data center.  For more information about Oracle (NYSE:ORCL).

* Members of the “EU Community” Advisory Council sit in a personal capacity.  They have no fiduciary responsibility, their advice is non-binding and the Board of Fondation EurActiv has the final responsibility for any decisions and/or actions taken by the project.