The European Investigative Journalism Conference

Have a Beer with the World’s Best Mayor

The EIJC19 is not all about journalism. It’s also about meeting colleagues. Mechelen is a small, friendly town of 86,000 people, perfect for networking, since you easily meet the other conference participants on streets and squares, in cafées, pubs and restaurants.

Mechelen’s mayor, Bart Somers, was elected “The world’s best mayor” in 2016 for his work with welcoming and integrating newcomers – from Belgium and abroad. He has been quoted to say “There’s only one community in Mechelen, and that’s Mechelaars. And there are 86,000 of them, and they’re all different.” Bart Somers welcomes EIJC & Dataharvest participants at a town hall reception on Friday May 17. Register at and participate!