networks

Our Networks

 

Going beyond the legislative work and reaching out to other like-minded people in the EU and elsewhere has been the guiding thought behind the creation of each of the EPP Group's Foundations and Networks. Although entrusted with diverse missions, all of them have the task of increasing the space for dialogue in which centre-right ideas can flourish.

 

European Ideas Network

European Ideas Network

The European Ideas Network is an open, pan-European think-tank designed to promote new thinking on the key challenges facing the countries of the European Union. The network was launched in the summer of 2002 and has rapidly emerged as an important meeting point and intellectual crossroads for the centre-right in European politics. With an active membership of around 600 policy-makers and opinion-shapers across the European Union, the EIN brings together politicians, businessmen, academics, policy advisers, think-tankers, journalists and representatives of civil society who share a common outlook Europe-wide, as well as external non-party experts and commentators interested in the public policy issues being addressed.

Robert Schuman Foundation

Robert Schuman Foundation Logo

The Robert Schuman Foundation was set up in 1989. The idea of the Foundation came from the German CDU politician Egon A. Klepsch, the then Chairman of the EPP Group, after seeing the need to actively support democracy in Europe. For instance, Klepsch lead Members to Poland while it was still suffering as a result of martial law. Foreseeing democratic changes, an EPP-based foundation was established comprising EPP members to support democracy in Central, South-Eastern and Eastern Europe, as well as in Latin America and Africa. The foundation was later named after the ‘Father of Europe', Robert Schuman. The Foundation offers one-month traineeships in the European Parliament to young people with centre-right values.

Robert Schuman Institute

Robert Schuman Institute

The 'Union of the Robert Schuman Institute for Developing Democracy in Central and Eastern Europe', or the Robert Schuman Institute, has been functioning since 1995 and offers education and training to active and future politicians of the parties belonging to the family of the European People’s Party, as well as organisesconferences on actual regional issues. The aims of the Robert Schuman Institute are to promote the idea of a united Europe and the basic values of the EPP, to support and foster the process of democratic transformation and the development of civil societies and to contribute to the development of the EPP sister and co-operating parties through education and training.

Latest

Brexit, portability of online content, globalisation
18.05.2017 - 12:00

Brexit, portability of online content, globalisation

At the European Parliament’s latest plenary, MEPs debated the EU’s approach to the Brexit negotiations The EPP Group stressed that...
Traffic on multiple lane highway
18.05.2017 - 11:10

Drivers and jobs at the heart of road transport reform

The road sector is suffering from a lack of inter-operability of tolling systems, a lack of cross-border infrastructure investments and unfair...
Smiling young man with mobile phone and bag
18.05.2017 - 11:01

Digital Single Market: don't miss your favourite show abroad

The European Parliament will take another step towards achieving the Digital Single Market. The plenary will vote on a deal with the Council...
Visa-free travel for Ukrainians at long last
17.05.2017 - 18:00

Visa-free travel for Ukrainians at long last

Following a lengthy procedure during which Ukraine has put in place major reforms, the EU grants visa-free travel to Ukrainians.

Highlights of the week

15.05.2017 - 19.05.2017
Brexit

European Council conclusions

The Chairman will take the floor during the key debate on the conclusions of the last European Council meeting. On 29 April, the EU Heads of State...
Copyright

Portability of online content services

MEPs will discuss the agreement with the Council regarding a Regulation on the cross-border portability of online content services in the internal...
Taxes

Leaking VAT system must be fixed

The Report on the protection of the EU's financial interests (PIF Report) from the year 2015 will be voted on on Tuesday in plenary. Parliament...