Christophe Leclercq founded EurActiv in 1999 and managed it for 10 years. Christophe now focuses predominantly on its overall strategy, deepening its Europe-wide network, as well as its external relations. EurActiv, now a European Media Network present in 12 EU capitals, publishes free EU news and facilitates EU policy debates for policy professionals in 12 languages. With 2.8+ million page views and 660,524 ‘unique visitors’ per month, EurActiv is the leading online media on EU affairs.
Christophe Leclercq launched the EurActiv CrossLingual network, initially co-funded by then DG InfoSociety / eContent programme. The 12 country media network became self-sustainable. He recently initiated a new R&D project called 'EU Community', regarding big data and visualisation of policy processes. The consortium is led by Intrasoft, includes researchers, is co-funded by DG CONNECT / GSS and has deliverables like EurActory and PolicyLine. Christophe welcomes talks about related projects, notably on languages and on media transformation. Furthermore, Mr Leclercq is involved in debates on the emerging EU media policy, under the keyword #Media4EU.
Prior to EurActiv, Christophe Leclercq worked at the European Commission & was a management consultant with McKinsey.
For the media sector in a dual technology & revenue crisis, on top of digital transformation, translation and syndication represents innovation opportunities. This requires better cooperation across borders, supported by stronger public-private partnerships, and a shift from horizontal research programmes to sector-specific innovation projects. With and without the already-multilingual EurActiv, several relevant initiatives are underway, or considered.