Robert Schuman Institute

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Primary data
LocationBudapest, Hungary
PresidentDoris Pack
Acting DirectorGábor Berczeli
Area servedEurope, EU, Balkans, Eastern Europe
Focuspolitics, ecucation, development
Political positionCenter-right, European People's Party

The Union of the Robert Schuman Institute for Developing Democracy in Central and Eastern Europe (short: Robert Schuman Institute, RSI) is the European level training institution of the European People's Party political family, based in Budapest, Hungary. It was founded in 1995 as the successor of the Christian Democratic Academy for Central and Eastern Europe. The members of the union of RSI are political parties, organisations and foundations and its main activity comprises political and civic education.

The institute is named after Robert Schuman, a French Christian-Democratic politician, former French Prime Minister and Finance Minister, who is also considered one of the "founding fathers" today's European Union.

The founding organisations of RSI[edit]

The RSI was founded by:[1]


The RSI's mission is:[2]

  • Promoting the idea of a united Europe, the basic values of the EPP and Christian Democracy
  • Supporting the process of democratic transformation and the development of civil societies in Central, Eastern and South Eastern Europe
  • Contributing to the development of the EPP sister and co-operating parties by education and training
  • Facilitating the information flow between EU members, accession countries and neighbouring European states
  • Building up a cross-border network based on shared values and political orientation

Members of the Union of the Robert Schuman Institute[edit]

European People's Party (EPP) EU
Robert Schuman Foundation (RSF) Luxembourg
Politische Akademie der ÖVP (PolAk) Austria
Foundation for a Civic Hungary (SZPMA) Hungary
Christen Democratisch Appél, (CDA) The Netherlands
Kristdemokraterna Sweden
Fondation Robert Schuman, (FRS) France
Youth of the European People's Party (YEPP) EU
European Union of Christian Democratic Workers (EUCDW) EU
European Democrat Students, (EDS) EU
European Senior Citizens' Union (ESU) EU
Europaisches Zentrum für Arbeitnehmerfragen (EZA) Germany
Democratic Alliance of Hungarians in Romania, (RMDSZ) Romania
Partido Popular (PP) Spain
Christen-Democratisch en Vlaams (CD&V) Belgium
Croatian Democratic Union of BiH (HDZ BiH) Bosnia and Herzegovina
Union of Democratic Forces (UDF) Bulgaria
Christian and Democratic Union - Czechoslovak People's Party (KDU-CSL) Czech Republic
Isamaaliit, Pro Patria Union Estonia
Nea Demokratia (ND) Greece
MCL – Movimento Cristiano Lavoratori Italy
Pavel Shatev Institute Macedonia
Kristelig Volkeparti (KrF) Norway
Party of the Hungarian Community (MKP) Slovakia
Christian Democratic Movement, (KDH) Slovakia
Nova Slovenija (NSi) Slovenia
Slovenian Democratic Party (SDS) Slovenia
Democratic Alliance Ukraine


  1. ^ Robert Schuman Institute Yearbook, 1996 (Robert Shuman Institute for Developing in Central and Eastern Europe, 1997), page 15
  2. ^ "Short history about RSI | Robert Schuman Institute". Archived from the original on 26 November 2013.

Further reading[edit]

  • Thomas Jansen and Steven van Hecke. At Europe's Service: The Origins and Evolution of the European People's Party. (Heidelberg: Springer-Verlag / Centre for European Studies, 2011).
  • Wilfried Martens: Europe: I Struggle, I Overcome. (Heidelberg: Springer-Verlag / Centre for European Studies, 2008).
  • Erhard von der Bank, Kinga Szabó: The Effects of Robert Schuman's Ideas in Today's Europe (2007).
  • Wahl, Jürgen: Magyarok úton az Európai Parlamentbe: milyen munka vár a magyar képviselőkre az Európai Parlamentben? (Robert Schuman Foundation, 2002).