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The EPC brings together more than 50 leading experts who provide the highest quality research, policy recommendations, and analysis on a full range of public policy issues.

President

Herman Van Rompuy, President Emeritus of the European Council and former Prime Minister of Belgium, is President of the EPC. He is also President of the Strategic Council. The role of the President and the role of the Advisory Council are both non-statutory. The formal governing body is the Governing Board.

Strategic Council

The Strategic Council brings together thought leaders and politicians from diverse background and nationalities. They bring fresh insights and forward-looking perspectives on the major challenges facing the European Union. Once a year, they meet to discuss strategic priorities and their implications for the work and strategic priorities and their implications for the work and strategic direction of the European Policy Centre.

Governance

The Governing Board is responsible for the management of the European Policy Centre and has all the associated powers. Day-to-day management is delegated to the Chief Executive, who acts as the EPC’s Legal Representative and is accountable to the Board for the good functioning of the EPC. The Board’s main function, in practice, is to provide strategic oversight to the EPC as well as monitor and evaluate its operations. The Board meets four times a year.

The General Assembly has exclusive competence on the approval of budgets and accounts; the election, discharge and revocation of Board members; the amendments to the Articles of Association; the exclusion of members; the dissolution of the association. Meetings of the General Assembly are prepared by the Governing Board, whose members also sit on the General Assembly. The General Assembly meets once a year to formally approve the annual accounts and adopt the budget for the year ahead, in line with Belgian law.

Partners

The EPC has entered into collaborative agreements with partners throughout Europe and beyond which share similar objectives. It works in partnerships with think tanks and policy institutes in the Member States to exchange ideas and produce joint policy recommendations. The EPC has strong links to foundations that share the principles, values and basic objectives of the EPC and has a long-standing strategic partnership with the King Baudouin Foundation.

Membership

Our membership is drawn from a broad spectrum of organisations. Members actively contribute to our events, workshops, task forces and roundtables. They bring a multi-stakeholder dimension to our activities and lend legitimacy to our recommendations.

What we do

Research

The EPC connects policy agendas in a multi-disciplinary approach. Each of its five programmes builds on solid expertise and thought leadership to provide insight in EU politics and develop practical policy prescriptions.

Each year, the Governing Board adopts an annual work programme for the coming year, based on a proposal from the management team following discussions in the Strategic Council. The EPC works on the basis of a three-year strategic plan drawn up by the management team and approved by the Governing Board.

Publications

Our publications address the challenges facing the European Union and discern the long-term trends underpinning EU policymaking. They include recommendations that help to inform the policy agenda and take European integration forward.

Events

The EPC organises stimulating and timely policy debates on the issues that matter and with the people who matter. By connecting our research programmes to these multi-stakeholder events, we ensure policy relevance and foster policy innovation.

Annual reports

Each year, the EPC produces an annual report highlighting our collective work and impact. The annual report has also provided an opportunity for us to thank the generous partners whose financial support makes our work possible, while also demonstrating our commitment to transparency.

What we stand for

The European Policy Centre (EPC) is an independent, not-for-profit think tank dedicated to fostering European integration through analysis and debate, supporting and challenging European decision-makers at all levels to make informed decisions based on evidence and analysis, and providing a platform for engaging partners, stakeholders and citizens in EU policy-making and in the debate about the future of Europe.

The principles and values underpinning the EPC's activities are:

Independence and transparency

The EPC is independent of the EU and national institutions and of all vested interests. It is non-partisan, focussing on policy solutions without political affiliation. The EPC is committed to transparency in its governance and funding, including full disclosure of relevant information on its website and registration with the EU transparency register.

Excellence, relevance and innovation

The EPC works at the centre of European and global policy-making providing its members and the wider public with rapid, high-quality information and flexible analysis on the EU and global policy agenda. It focuses on providing implementable, timely, flexible and relevant policy recommendations, taking a critical but constructive approach. It champions new ideas and solutions, as well as new ways of engaging with and involving stakeholders and citizens.

Cross-cutting and long-term solutions

The EPC aims to promote coherent, holistic and strategic policymaking by making links between and across different policy areas and policy makers, connecting policies across silos in a multi-disciplinary way. It focuses on long-term sustainable solutions, especially in areas of critical importance for the future of European integration, Europe's role in the world and the well-being of the people of Europe. It does this by analysing emerging trends and developments that can inform and improve current and future policy and strategy, taking account of the global environment which is impacting on the EU and its members.

Multi-constituency and inclusive

The EPC aims to promote a balanced dialogue between the different constituencies of its membership, spanning all areas of economic and social life, including companies, professional and business federations, trade unions, diplomatic missions, regional and local bodies, as well as NGOs representing different civil society interests, foundations and religious organisations. The EPC recognises that the European integration process requires effective multi-level governance, at international, European, national and regional/local level and aims to reach citizens and national/regional stakeholders, who are not regularly engaged with the EU.

Partnerships

The EPC has entered into collaborative agreements with partners throughout Europe and beyond which share similar objectives. It works in partnerships with think tanks and policy institutes in the Member States to exchange ideas and produce joint policy recommendations. The EPC has strong links to foundations that share the principles, values and basic objectives of the EPC and has a long-standing strategic partnership with the King Baudouin Foundation.
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