The European Union Institute for Security Studies (EUISS) is a Paris-based agency of the European Union. The EUISS evolved from Western European Union Institute for Security Studies following a gradual transfer of powers from the Western European Union (WEU) to the EU. It now operates under the Union's Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP).
The EUISS is an autonomous agency with full intellectual freedom. As a think tank it researches security issues of relevance for the EU and provides a forum for debate. In its capacity as an EU agency, it also offers analyses and forecasting to the High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Catherine Ashton.
According to the Council Joint Action of 20 July 2001, which established the EUISS, the mission of the EUISS is to 'contribute to the development of the CFSP, in particular the ESDP, in coherence with the European Security Strategy. To that end, it shall conduct academic research and policy analysis, organise seminars and carry out information and communication activities in that field. The Institute's work shall inter alia contribute to the transatlantic dialogue. It shall involve a network of exchanges with other research institutes and think-tanks both inside and outside the European Union.' 
Oversight and Funding 
According to the European External Action Service (EEAS) website the Institute is funded by member states of the European Union, according to a GNP-based cost-sharing formula, and governed by:
The EUISS researches topics related to the Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP), including the Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP). The Institute covers EU relations with the following regions:
In addition to these geographical regions, the EUISS addresses the thematic areas of counter-terrorism, disarmament and non-proliferation, conflict prevention and crisis management, global governance, EU enlargement and the Arab Spring.
Communications and outreach activities are central to the work of the EUISS in fulfilling its mission to contribute to Europe’s strategic debate. In addition to frequent contributions to print and broadcast media in a variety of languages made by resident Research Fellows, the EUISS maintains a strong web presence (website re-launched in 2011) and distributes its research via a regular email alert. Making use of social media tools, the EUISS maintains active Facebook and Twitter accounts, as well as Flickr and Vimeo channels.
In 2011, the EUISS, in its role as the European agency for strategic studies, was chosen by the European Commission to prepare and deliver the final reports of the European Strategy and Policy Analysis System (ESPAS).
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