The Open Society Initiative for Europe seeks to empower Europeans and their civil society organizations to reinforce and, where necessary, reclaim their central role in European democracies. It aims to ensure that Europe’s common integration project, embodied by the European Union, contributes to the vitality and quality of European democracies based on the values of open society.
We encompass all of the European Union while remaining sensitive to local and national realities. We work with a wide range of civil society organizations, and place particular emphasis on strengthening less central voices, such as those in Europe’s geographic periphery, women, young people, proponents of non-mainstream ideologies, or the social groups that are excluded from or underrepresented in the political process, like migrants or refugees, stateless citizens, and minorities of all kinds.
Collaboration is an essential part of the Initiative’s work across Europe. We seek to engage with actors working to broaden the scope of national and European political debates, include new constituencies, and allow for a more meaningful participation of European citizens in the political process.