European Ideas Network
|The European Ideas Network|
|Type||Centre-right think tank|
|Headquarters||60, rue Wiert|
|President||Jaime Mayor Oreja|
The European Ideas Network is a centre-right think tank sponsored by the EPP Group and based in the European Parliament in Brussels. The EIN works as a pan-European policy framework designed to promote new thinking on the key challenges facing the countries of the European Union. The EIN brings together MEP's, politicians, businessman, academics, policy advisers, journalists and representatives of civil society who share a common outlook Europe-wide, as well as non-party experts and commentators interested in public issues being addressed. Its main goal is to exchange best practices on how to address the challenges of the social, economic and external policies facing Europe.
The network was launched in the summer of 2002 with the active support of the European People's Party Group. It started under the chairmanship of James Elles is prominent in centre-right European politics. The current chairman is Jaime Mayor Oreja and its director is Guillermo Martínez Casañ. On the occasion of the EIN Summer University and European Ideas Fair held in Berlin in September 2004, where representatives centre right think tanks and political foundations from across the EU met to discuss possibilities for future joint actions and cooperation, 27 organisations signed a joint declaration  committing themselves to work together and support centre-right policy makers. The cooperating bodies decided to launch a series of joint Task Forces on five major subjects: common European values and identity; demographic change and immigration; education and human capital; economic reform and competitiveness, and transatlantic security issues. Today, around 45 bodies from 18 countries are now formally or informally associated with this initiative. The EIN is the organization in charge of coordinating the joint activities from the network. The cooperating bodies decided to launch a series of joint Task Forces on five major subjects: common European values and identity, demographic change and immigration; education and human capital; economic reform and competitiveness; transatlantic and security issues. The provisional findings of these Task Forces were presented to the European Ideas Network in September 2005. Nowadays, the think-tanks and foundations work together in joint task forces on areas of common interest. Recent task-forces have included: Trade Policy and External Competitiveness, Human Capital and the knowledge-based Economy, European Governance, Institutions and Enlargement, Europe and the Near and Middle East, Security in Europe, Social and Cultural Integration, European E-Society and Trans-Atlantic Parliamentary Group on Counter Islamic Terrorism (TAG).
The EIN operates through ten working groups on broad policy questions, besides organizing frequent seminars about current affairs and a yearly Summer University, in which during three days are expound and openly discussed relevant issues of the present time.
The working groups are divided into three main areas: economy and environment, governance and values and foreign policy. These groups contribute to the organization of seminars producing their own political reports. The working groups are in continuous contact with the European People's Party Group to ensure cohesion between the work of EIN and needs of MEP's.
The EIN counts on about six hundred policy-makers and opinion-shapers, mainly from the European Union, as well as the participation of international personalities. The network is composed by politicians, academics, businessmen and representatives of various sectors of society, besides other think tanks and political foundations. Among the members are figures such as Carl Bildt, former Swedish Prime Minister and current Foreign Minister, Lech Walesa, Polish president and Nobel Peace Prize, Jacques Santer, former President of Luxembourg and the European Commission and Wilfried Martens, former Belgian Prime Minister and President of the European People's Party.
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