Strengthening Social Democracy in Europe! Welcome to the FES EU-Office

The EU Office of the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung

The EU Office of the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES), with its headquarters in Brussels and activities in Brussels and Strasbourg, was opened in 1973. The EU Office participates in the European integration process, backs and accompanies the interests of the Federal Republic of Germany in Europe and contributes to shaping the external relations of the European Union.

As an agency of dialogue, education and consultancy, the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung thereby fulfils its special role as a ‘political network organisation’ for and with the various European institutions. The Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung's European and worldwide network facilitates political, economic, social and environmental dialogue between Germany and Europe, within Europe and between Europe and the rest of the world and also at global level.

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Our Topics

Democracy, Gender Equality and Diversity

Democracy, Gender Equality and Diversity

Democracies around the world are feeling the pressure in the face of rising authoritarianism, nationalism and populism. The EU is no exception. More

Foreign, Security and Defence Policy

Foreign, Security and Defence Policy

The FES EU Office works to ensure that the Common European Defense policy remains value-driven and peace-oriented. More

Future of Europe

Future of Europe

The Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung aims to contribute to the Conference on the Future of Europe with recommendations on how to shape a progressive future for Europe. More

Trade and Sustainable Development

Trade and Sustainable Development

The FES EU Office is dedicated to promoting a trade and development policy at EU level that is sustainable and fair, democratic and transparent. More

Migration, Integration and EU-Fundamental Rights

Migration, Integration and EU-Fundamental Rights

The Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung’s EU Office uses its expertise to bring greater objectivity to the debate on migration. More

Social, Economic and Financial Affairs

Social, Economic and Financial Affairs

The Friedrich-Ebert-Foundation's EU Office aims at striking a social, environmental and economic balance in the EU. More

IPS Journal

IPS Journal

IPS Journal is an online magazine covering the central debates of progressive politics in Europe and around the globe More

FES Publications

FES Publications

Please visit the FES library website to search for all full-text publications published by FES offices worldwide. More

Check out our Competence Centres in Europe!

Climate and Social Justice

Climate and Social Justice

In the future, climate and social policy must be two sides of the same European coin. We shall be working on this with our political, trade union and civil society partners and other think tanks. The Competence Centre Climate and Social Justice based in Brussels!


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Future of Work

Future of Work

The debate on the future of work goes beyond the context of digital transformation and touches various policy fields. The Competence Centre on the Future of Work, based in Brussels, is bringing together different actors to discuss and debate the future of work at the European level!


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Democracy of the Future

Democracy of the Future

The work of the Competence Centre on the Democracy of the Future, based in Vienna, is currently based on two topical pillars: Democracy & Society and Democracy & Economy. In collaboration with different researchers, we try to explore and find answers to key questions!


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Cooperation and Peace in Europe

Cooperation and Peace in Europe

The Regional Office for Cooperation and Peace in Europe, based in Vienna, is to come to terms with the challenges of peace and security in Europe since the collapse of the Soviet Union a quarter of a century ago. It supports the revival of a peace and security dialogue and the development of new concepts in the spirit of solution-oriented policy!


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