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Profile of registrant

Identification number in the register: 60704054660-70
Registration date: 02/12/10 14:57:40

The information on this organisation was last modified on 19/11/13 12:13:12
The date of the last annual update was 19/11/13 12:13:12

Registrant : Organisation or self-employed individual

Name/company name:
Legal status: vzw
Website address:


Section: III - Non-governmental organisations
and more precisely: Non-governmental organisations, platforms and networks and similar

Person with legal responsibility

Surname, Name: Mr  Ides Debruyne
Position: Managing Director

Permanent person in charge of EU relations

Surname, Name: Mrs  Brigitte Alfter
Position: Chair

Contact details:

Contact details of organisation's head office: 4B Rozenweg 
Zellik 1731
Telephone number: (+32) 27055919
Fax number: (+) 
Other contact information:

Goals / remit

Goals / remit of the organisation: vzw (formerly known as Fonds Pascal Decroos voor Bijzondere Journalistiek vzw) is an independent non‐profit organisation established with the purpose of promoting quality cross-border and in-depth journalism in Europe.

Why we exist

Globalisation has had an enormous impact on the way we live. Business and trade take place across borders, political decisions are made on international level, criminal networks operate in various countries. Society is more international and more complex than ever before.

At the same time news media, faced with increasing financial pressure, seem to be moving in the opposite direction. More news items have to be produced, there is little time for research and international news is being cut back on. Cross-border investigative journalism fits into no traditional business model whatsoever. As a result, journalists who want to look into matters thoroughly or focus on topics that exceed national borders don't get the chance to do so.

What we do supports journalists who have good ideas for quality in-depth and cross-border research. We focus on two ways of doing so, through our projects. The first is by giving working grants to journalists that enable them to work on a project over a longer period of time. The second is by providing networking opportunities for the investigative journalism community to share ideas and methods.

We have a particular focus on Europe and hope to add to the creation of a European public sphere.
The organisation's fields of interests are:
  • sub-national
  • national
  • European
  • global

Number of persons engaged in activities falling under the scope of the Transparency Register

Number of persons: 2
Complementary information:

Persons accredited for access to European Parliament premises

No accredited persons


Main EU initiatives covered the year before by activities falling under the scope of the Transparency Register:

Promoting quality cross-border and in-depth journalism in Europe

Fields of interest for e-mail alerts on consultations and roadmaps;

Fields declared by the organisation:
  • Audiovisual and Media


Total number of members that are natural persons: 150
Number of member organisations:
Member organisations (Number of members) :
The organisation has members/is represented in the following country(countries):

Complementary information:


Information on (i) organisation's membership of any associations/federations/confederations or (ii) relationships to other bodies in formal or informal networks. is a member of the Global Investigative Journalism Network.

Financial data

Financial year: 01/2012 - 12/2012
Total budget: 820,407
of which public financing: 350,026
- from European sources:
- Procurement: 50,026
- Grants:
- from national sources:
- from local/regional sources: 300,000
from other sources: 470,381
- donations: 352,000
- contributions from members: 6,323
Andere bedrijfsopbrengsten (intrest, recuperatie kosten, ...) : 112,058
Estimated costs to the organisation directly related to representing interests to EU institutions in that year: < 50000  €
Other (financial) information provided by the organisation: is supported by Open Society Foundations and Adessium Foundation

Code of conduct

By its registration the organisation has signed the Transparency Register Code of Conduct.