The European Institute of Peace is a independent partner to the European Union and Europe, augmenting its global peace agenda through mediation and informal dialogue.
We act as a hub for European mediation expertise, connecting existing efforts and sharing knowledge. We also engage in areas where official diplomacy needs a trusted partner to operate more effectively.
The main objective of the EIP is to contribute to and complement the global peace agenda of the European Union, primarily through operational mediation and informal dialogue.
We do this by promoting and facilitating multi-track solutions.
EIP acts also as an operational hub connecting existing expertise and sharing knowledge on European mediation.
The Institute is an international foundation based in Brussels. It is funded by membership contributions, including, at this stage, eight member countries of the EU.
What We Do
1. Mediation: We support and conduct direct peace mediation and dialogue in areas of interest to Europe.
2. Fast-track mobilisation of mediation expertise and mediation support: We assist in rapid and flexible mobilisation of high-quality experts in support of mediation and dialogue efforts by EU member states, EU institutions, international actors, and civil society.
3. Real-time conflict analysis and application: We contribute to real-time conflict analysis including the operational application of lessons learned from mediation and dialogue efforts, aiming to specifically enhance conflict prevention.
4. Training and coaching on operational mediation: We provide specific, operational mediation training for individuals, organisations, and states to make a tangible difference in conflict prevention.
5. Direct grants: We provide targeted grants to international and local actors concretely involved in conflict prevention and facilitating peace processes.
In order to support European efforts to respond to global peace challenges, the Foreign Ministers of Sweden and Finland in 2010 launched an initiative for a European Institute of Peace.
Following consultations with European governments, international conflict resolution organisations, the European Union bodies, and senior experts on peace and security, the statutes for the EIP were signed on 18 February 2014.
On 5 May 2014 the inaugural meeting of the Board of Governors took place with participation of the founding members: Belgium, Finland, Hungary, Italy, Luxembourg, Poland, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland. Mr. Staffan de Mistura was appointed President of the Board and immediately took up his duties. Subsequently, Ambassador Marc Otte was elected Vice President.
The Institute was launched by Foreign Ministers of the member states and the President of the Board at a press conference on 12 May 2014.
Mr Staffan de Mistura is the President of EIP’s Board of Governors. (Biography).