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Wilfried Martens Centre for European Studies

The Wilfried Martens Centre for European Studies (formerly the Centre for European Studies) was established in 2007 as the political foundation and official think tank of the EPP. It embodies a pan-European mindset based on centre–right, Christian Democrat, conservative and like-minded political values and research. It serves as a framework for national political foundations linked to member parties of the EPP.

The Martens Centre helps prepare EPP programmes and policy documents. It organises seminars and training on EU policies and on the process of European integration. The Centre also contributes to formulating EU and national public policies. It produces research papers and books, policy briefs and the twice-yearly European View journal.

Its research activities are divided into six clusters: party structures and EU institutions, economic and social policies, EU foreign policy, environment and energy, values and religion, and new societal challenges. Through its papers, publication launches, conferences and online activities, the Martens Centre offers a platform for discussion among experts, politicians, policymakers and the European public.

At the beginning of 2014, the Centre was renamed in honour of its late president and founder, Wilfried Martens, the EPP’s long-standing president and a former prime minister of Belgium.

European Ideas Network


The European Ideas Network is a pan-European process designed to promote new thinking on the key policy challenges facing the European Union and its Member States. Launched in 2002 by the then-EPP-ED Group with the active support of the EPP, the network has rapidly emerged as an important meeting point and intellectual cross-roads for the centre-right in European Politics. With an active membership of around 600 policy makers and opinion-shapers across the EU, the EIN brings together politicians, businessmen, academics, policy advisors, think tankers, journalists as well as outside non-party experts and commentators interested in the issues being addressed.

The EIN currently has 12 working groups, addressing key domestic and international questions. Operating on an annual cycle, they undertake research and develop new thinking, to prepare in puts into the annual summer university. They attract prominent policy experts as chairmen and rapporteurs.

Robert Schuman Institute

The “Union of the Robert Schuman Institute for Developing Democracy in Central and Eastern Europe” (RSI) has been operating under the auspices of the EPP with an extended scope of activities since 1995. The RSI is the European level political education centre for parties and politicians of the EPP family, also promoting the idea of a united Europe and the basic values of EPP / Christian Democracy. Since the 2004 EU enlargement, the Institute has been focusing mostly on East and Southeast European countries. Doris PACK, MEPai (CDU-DE) is the President of RSI and Gábor BERCZELI as Acting Director is in charge of implementing activities of the Institute.

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Robert Schuman Foundation

The Robert Schuman Foundation for Cooperation among Christian Democrats in Europe, founded in 1989, is an entity of the EPP Group in the European Parliament, registered in the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg. Since its establishment, the Foundation has provided one-month internships in the European Parliament for more than 500 young people, primarily from Central and Eastern Europe, but also from Latin America, Russia and the southern Caucasus. The majority of those who studied the programs follow the policies and values they originally adopted. Every two years the Foundation organises meetings of former interns in the form of political seminars.