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We work to influence and inform European Union policies, funding and external action to promote open societies.
The Open Society European Policy Institute enriches EU policy debates with evidence, argument, and recommendations drawn from the work of the Foundations and from its own research on political trends in Brussels.

Open Society European Policy Institute

The Open Society European Policy Institute works to influence and inform decision-making on EU laws, policy, and funding to ensure that open society values lie at the heart of what the EU does, both inside and outside its borders. We enrich EU policy debates by offering evidence, analysis, and recommendations drawn from the work of the Open Society Foundations in more than 100 countries and its own research on political trends in Europe.

We focus on the following:

  • inside the EU:
    • democratic standards
    • human rights and rule of law
    • equality and antidiscrimination
    • migration and asylum 
    • transparency and accountability
  • outside the EU:
    • EU foreign policy and human rights
    • Eastern Neighbourhood and Central Asia
    • Western Balkans
    • Africa
    • Middle East and North Africa
    • Southeast Asia

We approach these issues by:

  • proposing measures that will sustain open society values within EU policies and widen the political constituency that supports them
  • warning against the undermining of the founding principles and fundamental values of the European Union
  • providing evidence and arguments to inform political debates and policymaking processes
  • linking the Open Society Foundations with EU institutions and member states
  • engaging in the broader debates about the EU’s future institutions and policies in order to promote open society values
  • building strong relationships with officials, politicians, NGOs, and other actors to keep open society issues on the EU’s agenda
  • convening policymakers, civil society, and others to identify new EU policy solutions