Gian Paolo Accardo
A multilingual online media for debate on European issues and to build a European public sphere. Creating opportunities for young writers and journalists - developing innovative journalistic formats - bringing together journalists and activists - a pan-European, agenda-setting publishing platform
Paris, Brussels, Bucharest
Europeans are perceived abroad as a single people and share much more than they think, yet they know very little about what is happening to their neighbours. National media tends to prefer mainstream news to original stories and investigation and treats European news as foreign news.
Europeans don’t talk much to each other because of language barriers and the absence of shared discussion platforms. They don’t talk to European elites, who they feel to be too distant.
We want this to change. We aim to bring the media, citizens and European leaders onto the same ground and push them to engage in a truly democratic debate.
Europe lacks the Fourth power: a watchdog for its institutions and a true defender of the public interest. We want VoxEurop to be that watchdog.
At a time where Euroscepticism is gaining ground and European integration is losing it, only transparent and democratic institutions and true democratic debate can reverse the trend.
Informed citizens are aware citizens. VoxEurop provides a place where EU institutions are accountable and EU citizens can engage. Not just another “Brussels-bubble” site, but the place where people share their views with fellow readers, the content’s authors and people in the European institutions.
The European media landscape will be broader, richer and European citizens will have a powerful and useful tool to talk to each other. We will be proud of having risen to a challenge no-one believed in – running a non-profit news and debate website on European topics that truly serves the public interest.
VoxEurop has taken advantage of Presseurop’s reputation and managed to retain around a third of its audience, despite the lack of means. It has been run by a highly motivated team of professional journalists and translators working on a voluntary basis and with minimum expenses. But it will not be able to develop and implement new features, nor find the means to be self-sustainable without financial support.
As soon as possible, VoxEurop will hire a business developer in charge of exploring revenue opportunities and implementing a business model that can ensure the site’s viability in the long term. Meanwhile, the core editorial team will start producing the content described above and the web developer the new features.
Funding requested from Advocate Europe
We welcome any suggestion – technical, business or editorial – on our service. We are open to any contribution and partnership proposal that would make our project succeed and make our community grow.