History

Journalismfund.eu, formerly known as the Pascal Decroos Fund was founded in 1998 initially to further quality and investigative journalism in Flanders and abroad. On 22 January 2013, the Pascal Decroos Fund officially took over the name of its European activity and became Journalismfund.eu. A summary of the developments the organisation went through since it was founded in 1998.

19 November 2018
Journalismfund.eu moved to a new office in the center of Brussels.

18 September 2018
The board of Journalisfund.eu decided to make The European Investigative Journalism Conference (EIJC) & Dataharvest a stand-alone venture in its own right, fully independent from Journalismfund.eu

10 September 2018
The Flemish Journalism Fund was created in the Summer of 2018 to support diversity and innovation in journalism in Flanders. The Fund is a project of Journalismfund.eu, in partnership with the Flemish Association of Journalism and the Flemish government.

16 May 2018
Launch of The Money Trail project in Mechelen.

16 October 2015
The International Department of the Flemish government provides Journalismfund.eu with €180,000 to give out grants for intercontinental collaborative journalism projects between Flemish and Sub-Sahara African journalists under its Pascal Decroos Fund grant programme. The new grant programme is called Flanders Connects Continents.

9 May 2015
Dutch NGO Oxfam Novib provides Journalismfund.eu with €150,000 to set up a new grant programme for intercontinental collaborative investigative journalism projects between Sub-Saharan African and European journalists: Connecting Continents.

9 January 2015
Open Society Foundations supports Journalismfund.eu with a grant of €190,000 for a period of two years, from the beginning of 2015 until the end of 2016.

30 September 2013
Adessium Foundation decides to support Journalismfund.eu’s cross-border investigative journalism programme as a premium donor for a period of three years, from October 2013 until September 2016.

22 January 2013
The General Assembly of Fonds Pascal Decroos voor Bijzondere Journalistiek vzw decides to change the organisation's official name to Journalismfund.eu vzw. The former alternative name of the project, European Fund for Investigative Journalism, is officially left behind.

12 December 2012
The Pascal Decroos Fund takes data journalism project Farmsubsidy.org under its wings.

9 October 2012
The Pascal Decroos Fund presents its study on investigative journalism in Europe to a European Parliamentary Committee.

12 December 2011
Open Society Foundations provides the Pascal Decroos Fund with 324,000 Euros for its project Journalismfund.eu and other related projects Wobbing Europe, dataharvest.eu and Farmsubsidy.org.

12 December 2011
Farmsubsidy.org under the wings of Journalismfund.eu

22 March 2011
www.wobbing.eu gets a makeover.

20 December 2010
The 1.5 million Euros in subsidies for the promotion of investigative journalism that the European Parliament approved (through lobbying by the Pascal Decroos Fund) are postponed by the European Commission.

24 January 2010
Journalismfund.eu's first project is published - 'Fields of Terror, Slave Trade in the Heart of Europe'

1 October 2009
Open Society Institute approves 114,000 Euros in seed funding for the further development of Journalismfund.eu.

16 September 2009
The French Community of Belgium starts a fund for investigative journalism in imitation of the Pascal Decroos Fund: Fonds pour le journalisme.

19 March 2009
Flemish Minister-President Kris Peeters announces on a States-General of the Media that the budget of the Pascal Decroos Fund's will be doubled.

20 February 2009
The Pascal Decroos Fund officially launches its European project for quality cross-border journalism, Journalismfund.eu. The Norwegian Fritt Ord seed-funded the project with 50,000 Euro grant.

25 November 2008
The Pascal Decroos Fund organises the first European Wob-conference in Brussels.

4 October 2007
The Pascal Decroos Fund launches Wobbing Europe.

22 June 2004
University College KHM (Thomas More), together with the Pascal Decroos Fund, for the first time, organises a postgraduate course in International Research Journalism.

January 2002
The Flemish dissertation award is launched under the umbrella of the fund. In 2007 Scriptie vzw becomes a non-profit organisation that promotes science communication in the Dutch-speaking region of Belgium.

1 August 2001
Ides Debruyne is appointed as the new managing director of the Pascal Decroos Fund.

11 October 1999
The launch of the Pascal Decroos Fund is announced during a press conference. Koen Van Wichelen is the Fund's first director. The Fund is supported by the Flemish government and is attributed to an annual subsidy of 186,000 Euros.

13 July 1999
The Minister-President of the Flemish government, Flemish Minister of Foreign Affairs, European Affairs, Science and Technology Luc Van den Brande signs a Ministerial Order granting the Pascal Decroos Fund 7,500,000 Belgian Francs in subsidies.

21 May 1998
The statutes of Fonds Pascal Decroos voor Bijzondere Journalistiek vzw are published in the Belgian Official Journal of 21.05.1998 with identification code 9338/38.

9 January 1998
Friends, colleagues and family of Pascal Decroos gather for the first time. In memory of Pascal they set up a fund: 'Fonds Pascal Decroos voor Bijzondere Journalistiek vzw'.

2 December 1997
Flemish TV journalist Pascal Decroos dies in a car accident.