Founding partners

Friends of Europe

foe_logo_2016-copy2Friends of Europe is a leading European think-tank that aims to stimulate thinking on the future of the EU. For over 10 years our contribution has been the confrontation of ideas that is vital to policymaking and to wider involvement in Europe’s future. We make Europe’s policy choices lively and relevant to people outside the Brussels-based specialists, both in our debates and in our publications. Our publications are widely disseminated and written by specialists or our Trustees. They are highly readable and explain complex issues in an easily understood manner. The formats of our events are highly varied, and all are lively and adversarial. Specific initiatives led by Friends of Europe include the Development Policy Forum (DPF), the Greening Europe Forum (GEF), the Asia Programme and the Understanding China programme. Friends of Europe has no national or party-political bias, nor do we advance the interests of any of the organisations we partner with. We work with a wide variety of partners who are attracted by our lively and jargon-free approach to Europe’s big issues, and by our insistence that all sides and viewpoints must be fairly represented in the debates. »

Europe’s World

FOE_connectdebatechangeSince its launch 10 years ago, Europe’s World has established itself as the premier ideas platform for new thinking on political, economic and social issues.Its 100,000 readers, drawn from politics, business, the media, academia, think tanks and NGOs, are a powerful and influential audience, who value Europe’s World for its thought provoking articles, Europe-wide outlook and lack of national or political bias.To date, over 900 of today’s most respected thinkers and influential leaders have contributed articles to the journal firmly strengthening Europe’s World’s reputation as the leading forum for ground-breaking ideas, and proving beyond doubt that great minds don’t think alike. »

Strategic partners


Google_logo_2015_transp_2Google is a global technology leader focused on improving the ways people connect with information. For Google, it’s clear that the opportunities for European businesses in the digital age are immense – there are many more ways to reach customers than anyone could have imagined not that long ago. The European Commission has rightly identified the digital single market as one of Europe’s top priorities. And at Google we’re playing our part in Europe. Over the last year we have have helped tens of thousands of German entrepreneurs export through partnerships with DHL, PayPal and Commerzbank. We have trained tens of thousands of young, unemployed people in Spain with free courses on subjects like web development, digital marketing, and ecommerce. And, we have shown thousands of traditional Italian craftspeople how to sell and market their wares online. »

Open Society Foundations

OSF_logo_web The Open Society Foundations work to build vibrant and tolerant democracies whose governments are accountable to their citizens.

  • We seek to strengthen the rule of law; respect for human rights, minorities, and a diversity of opinions; democratically elected governments; and a civil society that helps keep government power in check.
  • We help to shape public policies that assure greater fairness in political, legal, and economic systems and safeguard fundamental rights.
  • We implement initiatives to advance justice, education, public health, and independent media.
  • We build alliances across borders and continents on issues such as corruption and freedom of information.
  • Working in every part of the world, the Open Society Foundations place a high priority on protecting and improving the lives of people in marginalized communities. »

Fondazione Cariplo

The mission of the Fondazione Cariplo is to be a resource that helps social and civil organisations better serve their own community.

  • The Foundation’s primary vocation is supporting the organizations of civil society that represent the social infrastructures of our system. Its approach is based on the principle of subsidiarity.
  • In a nutshell, its mission, role and operational strategy contribute to outline the profile of a foundation which acts as an entity that anticipates emerging needs – or selects deep-seated yet still unmet needs – tries new solutions to respond more effectively and less costly to them, and ultimately makes its best endeavors to disseminate successful solutions. »

Knowledge partners



The politically impartial Schwarzkopf Foundation Young Europe was founded by Pauline Schwarzkopf in 1971 in Hamburg. The foundation’s mission is to support the development of young people into politically-aware and responsible citizens by focusing on the strengthening of the European Idea and pan-European understanding.

Their aim is to develop a dialogue between young people of 16 and 28 years of age and leading figures from the world of politics, the economy and culture. They provide young people with information about the decision-making process in Europe and make this process visible and tangible and thus beneficial to the education of young people. They discuss European political topics that are important and relevant to young people and in doing so aim to offer the chance to engage in European political thinking and understanding. »

Disclaimer: The Schwarzkopf Foundation does not assume any responsibility for the information or opinions expressed in the project; Only the authors, the interviewed persons as well as the editorial team involved in the publication of the programme are liable for the content in accordance with applicable law”

Gateway House

gatewayhouse_logoIndian Council on Global Relations is foreign policy think tank in Mumbai, established to engage India’s leading corporations and individuals in debate and scholarship on the nation’s foreign policy and role in global affairs. It is membership-based, independent, non-partisan and not-for-profit. Working on the cross-section of business and foreign policy, Gateway House holds a unique position in exploring and analysing issues of strategic importance to India’s economy and development. Scholars cover subjects such as geoeconomics, geopolitics, space technology, energy, economic diplomacy and national security. »

EU Centre in Singapore

156-European-Union-Centre-in-Singapore_smallThe European Union (EU) Centre in Singapore is co-funded by a consortium comprising the European Union, the Nanyang Technological University, National University of Singapore and Singapore’s oldest think tank, the Singapore Institute of International Affairs (SIIA).
The EU Centre aims to raise visibility and promote better understanding of the European Union (EU) and its regional and global issues, as well as of the longstanding and important partnership between the EU and Singapore, through publications, training workshops, lectures, academic seminars and regional conferences.
Since its establishment in mid-2008, the EU Centre has built up good relationship with many of the institutions and agencies in Singapore and abroad, including its two partner universities, think tanks, foundations, embassies and business chambers. »

Community partners

  • European Students’ Union
  • JEF
  • Erasmus Student Network (ESN)
  • ThinkYoung
  • European Movement
  • Youth of European Nationalities
  • Citizens for Europe
  • European Student Think Tank
  • OneEurope
  • European Youth Press
  • Organising Bureau of European School Student Unions (OBESSU)
  • The Berlin Debating Union (BDU)
  • Unica
  • ARGO Open International Schools Debating Tournament
  • Osservatorio Balcani e Caucaso (OBC)
  • Czech Debate Society
  • Inter Alia
  • Let Me Vote
  • CPDP 2014
  • Student Forum Maastricht
  • WePromise
  • Erasmus Mundus Association
  • 89 Connect
  • Erasmus Mundus Association

  • EUROPEUM Institute for European Policy

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