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The Open Society European Policy Institute is the EU policy arm of the Open Society Foundations. We work to foster open societies inside and outside Europe by leveraging the EU’s policies, legislation, funding, and political influence. The institute brings into EU policy debates evidence, argument, and recommendations drawn from the work of the Open Society Foundations in more than 100 countries. The foundations’ priorities include human rights, justice, and accountability pursued through a wide range of policy areas including health, media, information, youth, and education.

The Open Society European Policy Institute’s role is to propose positive measures that will sustain those values within policies and widen the political constituency that supports them. We also work to provide warnings when European political actors are moving away from—or even undermining—the founding principles and fundamental values of the European Union.

We pursue both of these roles by:

providing evidence and arguments to inform political debates and policy-making processes;

linking the Open Society Foundations network 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 within their operations; and

building strong relationships with officials, politicians, NGOs, and other actors to keep civil liberties, rights, and justice on the EU’s agenda.

OSEPI works closely with the foundations and programs within the Open Society Foundations to help them expand their own capacity to do successful advocacy directed at the EU. We work with foundations and grantees to provide inputs to a range of EU processes including human rights dialogues, progress reports, legislative proposals and country programming.


For more information, please contact Kersty McCourt.

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