The European Policy Centre (EPC) is a Brussels-based, independent, not-for-profit think tank on European Union affairs. A think tank (also called a policy institute) is an organization institute corporation or group that conducts Research and engages in advocacy in areas such It is committed to making European integration work, and to promoting discussion and wider reflection on the issues facing the EU now and the challenges which lie ahead.
It aims to be a catalyst for new ideas and new thinking on these issues, and to promote a balanced dialogue between the different organisations spanning all aspects of economic and social life which make up its 400-strong membership.
Its members include representatives of business, civil society, national governments, diplomatic missions, and regional and local bodies. . At the many events the EPC organises each year, these members come together with experts and officials from the EU institutions to debate the key issues dominating the EU agenda.
The EPC also provides its members and the wider public with rapid, in-depth analysis of issues on the EU and global policy agenda, and makes recommendations for action where appropriate, through a wide range of publications.
The EPC’s work is organised under three flagship programmes addressing the key challenges facing the EU:
• EU Integration and Citizenship
• Europe’s Political Economy
• Europe in the World.
The EPC’s multi-constituency approach, involving its members in all its debates and in shaping its policy recommendations, ensures a broad foundation for the programmes and a solid link to the ‘real world’ of EU politics.
The EPC’s General Assembly is chaired by Peter Sutherland, former European Commissioner and World Trade Organisation Director-General. He is also President of its Advisory Council, which includes many prominent EU figures. The Governing Board is chaired by Antonio Vitorino, former European Commissioner and former Deputy Prime Minister of Portugal. The EPC’s Chief Executive is Hans Martens. The EPC has two strategic partners with whom it works closely on a range of issues: the King Baudouin Foundation in Belgium and the Turin-based foundation Compagnia di San Paolo.
Challenge Europe Issue 17: The People’s Project (December 2007) Includes articles by Peter Sutherland, Richard Corbett, Mark Rhinhart, and others (December 2007).
Challenge Europe Issue 16: Europe@50: back to the future (February 2007)
Includes articles by former Belgian Prime Minister Jean-Luc Dehaene, former WTO Director-General Renato Ruggiero, Yves Menon, John Palmer and Antonio Vitorino
Cultivating a market for innovation in Europe
Fabian Zuleeg, Jennifer Green, Carlos Buhigas Schubert (November 2007)
Ratification of the new Reform Treaty: the hurdles ahead
Sara Hagemann (July 2007)
EU and Africa: coming together at last?
John Kotsopoulos (July 2007)
Islam and the EU: the merits and risks of Inter-cultural Dialogue
Sara Silvestri (June 2007)
Up close and personal: data protection and EU-US relations
Johnny Pring (June 2007)
Debating the Constitution: between realism and revival
Sara Hagemann and Antonio Missiroli (May 2007)
The ENP three years on: where from – and where next?
Antonio Missiroli (March 2007)
Balkans in Europe: why, when and how?
Graham Avery and Judy Batt (March 2007)
54: Reassessing the European Neighbourhood Policy
Rosa Balfour and Antonio Missiroli (June 2007)
53: Better Regulation: a regional perspective
Catarina Persson and Marie-Hélène Fandel (May 2007)
52: The EU and Japan: a partnership in the making
Axel Berkofsky (February 2007)
27: Building societal security in Europe: the EU’s role in managing emergencies
Arjen Boin, Magnus Ekengren, Antonio Missiroli, Mark Rhinard, Bengt Sundelius (April 2007)
Asian Voices in Europe
Featuring high-profile political and academic speakers from China, India, Indonesia, Japan, South Korea and Thailand (April 2007)