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EurActiv’s blog platform expands close to its 3rd birthday

Date

08 Sep 2010

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EU Priorities 2020
Public Affairs

 EurActiv’s blog platform, Blogactiv.eu, keeps on expanding as it closes in on its third anniversary, in October 2010. Besides the over 7,500 posts, which represent a milestone in the field, Blogactiv hosts nine of the 40 most influential EU bloggers, according to the Waggener Edstrom study released this summer. Bloggers with an interest in EU affairs are invited to join the platform.

“Communicating in the blogosphere about EU affairs is slowly becoming almost as important as news reporting. Blogs are conversation-oriented, which helps people better debate European Union policy issues and not just be passive about concerns on legislative updates or other initiatives”, said Stuart Langridge, director of Blogactiv.eu.

“For anyone who has something to say about Europe, Blogactiv provides the best platform from which to say it. While building on the achievements of the past three years, we want to keep our doors open, so we look forward to welcoming new people,” added Christophe Leclercq, founder of EurActiv and one of Blogactiv’s initiators.     

Amongst the most active bloggers on Blogactiv are Stanley Crossick (over 490 posts about the EU/US/China/Middle East and much more - http://crossick.blogactiv.eu/), EU Logos (more than 550 posts about many EU topics in French - http://eulogos.blogactiv.eu/) and Eberhard Rhein (over 250 posts about climate change - http://rhein.blogactiv.eu/).

Blogactiv, as part of a project led by EurActiv for the European Commission’s DG Enlargement, also supports debate about future EU member countries. The discussion is animated locally in three languages: English, Français, Deutsch. Complementing EurActiv’s independent and balanced coverage of EU affairs, Blogactiv.eu focuses on ‘expert-generated’ content about the future of Europe. The blog platform was created in 2007 and potential bloggers can sign up at: http://blogactiv.eu/wp-signup.php

Media contacts:

Stuart Langridge, Blogactiv Director : +32(0)2.226.58.18, network@euractiv.com

Radu Magdin, Communication Manager: +32(0)2.788.36.88, communication@euractiv.com

Christophe Leclercq, Publisher, +32(0)2.226.58.13, publisher@euractiv.com

  

Note to the editor:

www.EurActiv.com is the independent online media network dedicated to EU policy, counting 590,000 monthly unique visitors together with the Web 2.0 platform Blogactiv.eu. Set up in 1999, the network is an important working instrument for actors (institutions, industry federations, NGOs, think tanks, the press and others) involved in defining or influencing EU policies. The EurActiv Network publishes EU policy news and information in 11 languages from offices in the capitals of 11 European countries: Belgium, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, France, Germany, Hungary, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Spain, and Turkey. The Network's national policy portals are accessible here www.euractiv.com/en/Fixed/about/crosslingual.htm

In order to provide free services and ensure independence, EurActiv's services are financed from four sources: corporate sponsoring, EurActor membership, online advertising and EU projects. EurActiv's CrossLingual Network is supported by the European Commission’s Small Business Act / SME Week campaign and by the Directorates General for Regional Policy and for Enlargement. General sponsors of www.EurActiv.com are: Assembly of European Regions / GE Energy, Enel, ExxonMobil, the Nickel Institute, TUSIAD, United Technologies and VISA Europe. Section sponsors of www.EurActiv.com are: Coca-Cola, Dow, EURid, Euro-ciett, Gasunie, General Electric, Honeywell, IBM, Microsoft, MSD, Nike, Syngenta, Trans Adriatic Pipeline, Unilever and Veolia. Further supporters include: Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie. EurActiv also has 60 “content partners” (NGOs & think tanks) as well as ca. 500 “contributors”, providing their policy positions for free publication, based on EurActiv's editorial discretion. Input welcome: editor@euractiv.com

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