The Central European Policy Institute (CEPI) is a regional think-tank based in Bratislava. It helps Central European governments craft common responses to challenges of today and improve the quality of their contributions to the EU and NATO debates. It does so by engaging the region’s top experts and institutions, producing well thought-out but accessibly formulated policy recommendations and advocating progressive solutions among the decision-makers.
Mission: Strengthening Central Europe
The Institute’s mission is to support the Central European region in better using its joint potential and assuming a greater role on the international stage. It aims at strengthening the region internally and externally:
First, the Institute strives to enhance internal cohesion and functioning of the region itself. It serves as a platform for coordination of national positions, a must if the region is to benefit from its relative weight in the European decision-making. The region-wide policy-shaping projects stimulate multi-dimensional communication between different governmental and non-governmental actors. Thus, the Institute helps create a true cooperative environment, based on trust, shared identity and interests.
Second, the Institute helps Central Europe prepare positions and speak out on whole range of issues standing before the EU and NATO, such as the economic crisis or institutional reforms. The region needs to build a reputation of responsible and constructive partner to create leverage in the areas which are dear to it (such as continued enlargement, neighbourhood regions, or finalisation of the single market).
Activities: Publications & Advocacy
The backbone of CEPI’s activities is publications that have an impact. They are written in a language that is accessible to the expert community as well as to the general educated public, and always contain original ideas and recommendations that the policy-makers can embrace and adopt. To reach out with strong message in right form and time, the Institute developed a few specific publication outputs:
Policy briefs and reports represent the best that the Institute provides in terms of both, depth of the content and impact on countries’ policies. These flagship publications bring bright ideas that influence key policy decisions and attract the attention of media in the region and beyond. They are usually born out of joint months-long efforts of top experts from around the region.
Views from Central Europe are published immediately after an event of major importance to the region occurs. The Institute asks a couple of renowned thinkers from Central Europe for their views and issues a short document summarizing their ideas.
Op-eds in major regional and world newspapers turn to the public which plays its specific role in the policy-making process. Its attention and awareness is very often essential in promoting difficult and sensitive policy changes.
To ensure that the solutions provided in the publications are discussed properly, taken into consideration and possibly implemented, the Institute pays a lot of attention to its advocacy activities. From regular face-to-face meetings with key decision-makers to roundtables with government professionals and briefings for expert communities, the Institute u ses each and every opportunity to promote and advocate its visions. In this respect, the Institute’s representatives also present at conferences and to the media.