Stories published with support of the IJ4EU grant

#GPGate: Fraud in EU funds in Bulgaria

A new report alleges mass corruption and fraud in Bulgaria involving EU funds. Consulting companies are said to have distributed bribes and manipulated public procurements in contracts worth hundreds of millions of Bulgarian leva. Read the full story.

A questionable pact | EU cooperation with Sudan

Sudan’s authoritarian government is accused of human rights violations. But that isn’t stopping the EU from cooperating with the country on controlling migration – an operations centre in Sudan is scheduled to open this autumn. Read the full story here (in German)

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Supporting cross-border investigative reporting in Europe


Investigative reporting that reveals facts in the public interest protects democracy. Stories that uncover corruption, financial crime, human rights abuses and environmental damage are rarely nowadays confined to a single state. Such journalism is complex and costly at a time when the news business everywhere has been put under pressure by digital disruption.


The IJ4EU fund was launched in 2018 by the European Centre for Press and Media Freedom (ECPMF) and the International Press Institute (IPI) to provide financial support to cross-border investigative reporting in the EU. The fund is managed by IPI.

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Nearly 65 teams from across the EU applied for grants of up to €50,000 by the May 3, 2018 deadline. In June, the IJ4EU jury awarded €315,000 to 12 projects covering a range of public-interest issues.

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