Establishing a European Cooperative – European project management


As the lead project coordinator and managing director from 2012 to 2016, I designed and established the pan-European Center for Press and Media Freedom (ECPMF) together with two of Europes biggest media houses Gruner + Jahr and Axel-Springer and with the support of all democratic groups in the European Parliament and the Media Foundation of Sparkasse Leipzig. The ECPMF brought together more than 20 European organizations to defend the freedom of the press.

The ECPMF is one of the first pan-European cooperatives (SCE) founded in Germany. The law firm CMS Hasche Sigle and the Cooperative Association of Germany accompanied the demanding start-up process. In the founding statutes of the ECPMF is recorded, amongst other important aspects, that each cooperative member has one vote. Be it the huge major corporation Gruner + Jahr or the small center for investigative journalism in Moldova. 

Journalistic organizations, media companies, academic institutions, legal organizations and campaigning organizations from 16 European countries – including the European Federation of Journalists (EFJ); Index on Censorship; SCOOP; the Center for investigative journalism at the University of London; the University of Westminster; Journalists help Journalists; the Media Legal Defense Initiative; the Institute for European Media Law and many other journalist organizations and actors amongst others from Macedonia, the Netherlands, Belgium, Russia, Serbia, Switzerland, Austria and Italy are the founding members.

"Überwachung von Journalisten", Podiumsdiskussion auf dem Europäischen Medienfreiheits-Kongress 2015 (c) ECPMF
Dr. Lutz Mükke (2. v.l.) auf einem Experentpanel im Römischen Senat, Italien 2015, (c) Ossigenio del Informazione
Dr. Lutz Mükke (2nd left) at a expert panel at the Senate of Rome, Italy 2015 (c) Ossigenio per l ´Informazione
Elmar Brok, président de la commission des affaires étrangères du Parlement européen et membre de longue date du conseil d'administration du VPE, en conversation avec les membres de l'ECPMF, Vladimir Radomirovic, rédacteur en chef de Pištaljka / Serbie; Ljiljana Smajlović, présidente de l'Association des journalistes de Serbie et Dr Lutz Mükke, directeur général ECPMF (c) ECPMF 2015
Elmar Brok, Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the European Parliament and longtime board member of the conservative faction EVP in conversation with ECPMF members Vladimir Radomirovic, Editor-in-Chief of Pištaljka / Serbia; Ljiljana Smajlović, President of the Journalists' Association of Serbia and Dr. Lutz Mükke, Managing Director ECPMF (from left). (c) ECPMF
2015 en présence de Martin Schulz, président du Parlement européen, à Bruxelles (from left) Lutz Mükke (coordinateur de projet ECPMF), Hans-Ulrich Jörges (Gruner + Jahr), Maria Laura Franciosi (responsable de la formation), Martin Schulz (Parlement européen), Luisa Chiodi (responsable des finances), Dr. Harald Langenfeld (Fondation des médias de la Sparkasse Leipzig), Margo Smit (VVOJ), Ides Debruyne (, Stephan Seeger (Fondation des médias de la Sparkasse Leipzig). c) Parlement européen
Meeting with Martin Schulz, President of the European Parliament, in Brussels (from left) Lutz Mükke (Project Coordinator ECPMF), Hans-Ulrich Jörges (Gruner + Jahr), Maria Laura Franciosi (Ossigeno per l'Informazione), Martin Schulz (President of the European Parliament), Luisa Chiodi (Osservatorio Balcani e Caucaso), dr. Harald Langenfeld (CEO Sparkasse Leipzig), Margo Smit (VVOJ), Ides Debruyne (, Stephan Seeger (Media Foundation of Sparkasse Leipzig). (c) European Parliament 2015
Moderation at the European Media Freedom Congress 2015: The corruption scandal "Saxon Swamp", together with Thomas Datt (r.) und Arndt Ginzel (l.) (c) ECPMF