The European Policy Centre (EPC) is an independent, not-for-profit think tank dedicated to fostering European integration through analysis and debate, supporting and challenging European decision-makers at all levels to make informed decisions based on evidence and analysis, and providing a platform for engaging partners, stakeholders and citizens in EU policy-making and in the debate about the future of Europe.
The principles and values underpinning the EPC's activities are:
- Independence and transparency
The EPC is independent of the EU and national institutions and of all vested interests. It is non-partisan, focussing on policy solutions without political affiliation. The EPC is committed to transparency in its governance and funding, including full disclosure of relevant information on its website and registration with the EU transparency register.
- Excellence, relevance and innovation
The EPC works at the centre of European and global policy-making providing its members and the wider public with rapid, high-quality information and flexible analysis on the EU and global policy agenda. It focuses on providing implementable, timely, flexible and relevant policy recommendations, taking a critical but constructive approach. It champions new ideas and solutions, as well as new ways of engaging with and involving stakeholders and citizens.
- Cross-cutting and long-term solutions
The EPC aims to promote coherent, holistic and strategic policymaking by making links between and across different policy areas and policy makers, connecting policies across silos in a multi-disciplinary way. It focuses on long-term sustainable solutions, especially in areas of critical importance for the future of European integration, Europe's role in the world and the well-being of the people of Europe. It does this by analysing emerging trends and developments that can inform and improve current and future policy and strategy, taking account of the global environment which is impacting on the EU and its members.
- Multi-constituency and inclusive
The EPC aims to promote a balanced dialogue between the different constituencies of its membership, spanning all areas of economic and social life, including companies, professional and business federations, trade unions, diplomatic missions, regional and local bodies, as well as NGOs representing different civil society interests, foundations and religious organisations. The EPC recognises that the European integration process requires effective multi-level governance, at international, European, national and regional/local level and aims to reach citizens and national/regional stakeholders, who are not regularly engaged with the EU.
The EPC has entered into collaborative agreements with partners throughout Europe and beyond which share similar objectives. It works in partnerships with think tanks and policy institutes in the Member States to exchange ideas and produce joint policy recommendations. The EPC has strong links to foundations that share the principles, values and basic objectives of the EPC and has a long-standing strategic partnership with the King Baudouin Foundation.