We seek to empower Europeans and their civil society organizations to reinforce and reclaim their central role in European democracies.
The Open Society Initiative for Europe aims to contribute to more vibrant and legitimate democracies in the European Union by supporting the activists and civil society organizations confronting Europe’s many challenges.

Open Society Initiative for Europe

Established in January 2013 to build on three decades of the Open Society Foundations’ work in Europe, the Open Society Initiative for Europe aims to narrow the gulf between the promise of Europe as the prototype for an open society and reality. By taking both reactive and proactive approaches to policy reform, it supports efforts to defend civil liberties and human rights across Europe, address the challenges of migration, and fight discrimination—including Islamophobia and the structural discrimination against Roma.

In addition to engaging and supporting bottom-up initiatives that can reconnect critical constituencies to the European project, the Open Society Initiative for Europe supports high-level debates about the institutional and political developments that threaten the viability of the EU as a democratic polity.