Wilfried Martens Centre for European Studies

Wilfried Martens Centre for European Studies
Abbreviation Martens Centre
Formation 2007 (2007)
Type Political foundation at European level
Headquarters Rue du commerce 20
1000 Brussels, Belgium
Mikuláš Dzurinda
Website www.martenscentre.eu

The Wilfried Martens Centre for European Studies is the Political foundation at European level of the European People's Party and an EU think tank. It was founded in following the 2007 revision of the EU Regulation that allowed for the creation of European foundations affiliated to Europarties. The European People's Party (EPP) established the Centre for European Studies (CES) as its official foundation/think tank.[1] During the EPP Congress held in Dublin[2] on 6 and 7 March 2014, the think tank was renamed in honour of its founder Wilfried Martens, now being the "Wilfried Martens Centre for European Studies".[3]

The Martens Centre embodies a pan-European mindset, promoting Christian Democrat, conservative and like-minded political values. It serves as a framework for national political foundations linked to member parties of the EPP. It currently has 29 member foundations in 22 EU and non-EU countries. The Martens Centre takes part in the preparation of EPP programmes and policy documents. It organises seminars and training on EU policies and on the process of European integration. The Martens Centre also contributes to formulating EU and national public policies. It produces research studies and books, electronic newsletters, policy briefs, and the twice-yearly European View journal. Through its papers, conferences, authors’ dinners and website, the Martens Centre offers a platform for discussion among experts, politicians, policymakers and the European public.[1]


Executive Board

The Executive Board of the Martens Centre is composed among others by Mikuláš Dzurinda, President of the Martens Centre, Joseph Daul, President of the European People's Party, Antonio López-Istúriz White, Secretary General of the EPP and Secretary-Treasurer of the Martens Centre, and Tomi Huhtanen, Director of the Martens Centre. The roles of the Board range from drafting the annual programme based on agreed research priorities, ensuring the legal representation and financial supervision of the activities of the Martens Centre, as well as steering the expansion of the Centre’s network of member organisations.[3]

Academic Council

The Executive Board nominates esteemed academics and researchers as members of the Academic Council in order to increase the academic scope of the Centre and oversee the scientific standards of its research, studies and activities. This includes enhancing its standing and visibility in the academic sphere, contributing with expertise, advice and ideas to ensure the Centre is always pursuing cutting-edge research. The Academic Council also proposes new and innovative projects and implements the highest standard of peer review.[3]

Research Associates

Research Associates are politically like-minded academics who can provide research papers, short analyses and blogs and who are also capable of providing quick advice on current affairs. The Research Associates contribute to an improved reflection process on fundamental strategic questions and indirectly provide input for strategic debates in the EPP family.[3]

General Assembly

The General Assembly is composed of the representatives of the Martens Centre's political foundations/think-tanks members and of individual members. Both these organisations and the individual members represent the interests of the European People’s Party and of its member-parties In order for a political foundation/think-tank to become a member of the Centre, it must be recognized by its respective EPP member party and be engaged in promoting political information and debate and facilitating EU integration. Additionally, the Centre can accept supporting members as non-voting members. All members have to be committed to support the objectives and aims of the Centre.[3]

Member Foundations

The Martens Centre functions as a pan-European platform for our member foundations, individuals and think tanks from all over Europe that share the central values of the European People’s Party family and of its centre-right partners. In working closely together we strive firstly to contribute to the public awareness of European citizens, thus bringing the European debate closer to the public. Secondly, by bringing together the brightest minds of Europe we strive to help our decision-makers and opinion leaders, such as EPP Heads of State and Governments and party leaders to formulate new and effective policy options. Together with its members, the Centre currently organises more than 100 activities every year across all Europe, ranging from publications, research projects, conferences, trainings and other events. Currently, the Centre has 29 member foundations and 16 individual members and is continuously expanding its network.[3]

The Martens Centre includes as members a number of national think tanks and foundations affiliated to EPP member parties. In cooperation with its member foundations, the Martens Centre organises events and publishes books. For more information, please visit the Martens Centre website.[4]

Full list of member foundations:

Name Country(first
Political Academy of the Austrian People's Party Austria Austria http://www.modernpolitics.at/
CEDER Study Centre of CD&V Belgium Belgium http://ceder.cdenv.be/ceder
Croatian Statehood Foundation Croatia Croatia http://www.zhdz.hr/
Institute for Eurodemocracy Glafcos Clerides Cyprus Cyprus http://www.insteurodemocracy.eu/
European Academy for Democracy Czech Republic Czech Republic http://www.ead.cz/
Pro Patria Institute Estonia Estonia http://www.propatria.ee/en/
Hanns Seidel Foundation Germany Germany http://www.hss.de/
Konrad Adenauer Foundation Germany Germany http://www.kas.de/
Konstantinos Karamanlis Institute For Democracy Greece Greece http://www.idkaramanlis.gr/
Foundation for a Civic Hungary Hungary Hungary http://www.szpma.hu/
Alcide De Gasperi Foundation Italy Italy http://www.fondazionedegasperi.it/
Instituto Luigi Sturzo Italy Italy http://www.sturzo.it/
Institute of Democratic Politics Lithuania Lithuania http://www.dpi.lt/
Academy for the Development of a Democratic Environment Malta Malta http://www.azad-malta.com/
CDA Research Institute Netherlands The Netherlands http://www.cda.nl/wi
Amaro da Costa Institute Portugal Portugal http://www.idl.pt/
Institute for Popular Studies Romania Romania http://www.isp.org.ro/
Kós Károly Academy Foundation Romania Romania http://www.koskarolyakademia.ro/
Anton Tunega Foundation Slovakia Slovakia http://www.tunega.sk/
Institute for Modern Slovakia Slovakia Slovakia http://www.ipms.sk/
Jože Pucnik Institute Slovenia Slovenia http://www.ijpucnik.si/
Foundation for Social Research and Analysis Spain Spain http://www.fundacionfaes.es/
Miquel Coll I Alentorn Institute of Humanistic Studies Spain Spain http://www.inehca.org/
Jarl Hjalmarson Foundation Sweden Sweden http://www.hjalmarsonstiftelsen.se/
Association Citizens for European Development of Bulgaria Bulgaria Bulgaria
Institute Dr. Janez Evangelist Krek Slovenia Slovenia http://www.ijek.si/
New Initiatives Centre Bosnia and Herzegovina Bosnia and Herzegovina http://www.cni.ba/
Toivo Think Tank Finland Finland http://www.toivoajatuspaja.fi/
TOPAZ Czech Republic Czech Republic http://www.top-az.eu/


The Martens Centre continues to build strategic relationships with organisations throughout Europe.

List of official partners:[5]

Name Website
International Republican Institute http://www.iri.org/
Jean Monnet European Center of Excellence, University of Athens http://en.jmc.uoa.gr/profile.html/
Slovak Atlantic Commission http://www.ata-sac.org/
Robert Schuman Foundation http://www.robert-schuman.eu/


As the political foundation and think tank of the EPP, the Martens Centre monitors, analyses and contributes to the debate relating to the policies of the EU and relevant for both the expert level and for the wider European public. The Martens Centre produces research papers, books and policy briefs. These publications can be found in PDF, ePub and Mobi format on the Martens Centre.[6]

The Martens Centre also produces the European View, a policy paper that serves as the intellectual platform for politicians, opinion makers and academics to tackle contemporary themes of European politics, focusing on one specific topic in each issue.[7]


The Martens Centre organises the Economic Ideas Forum (EIF), providing high level economic experts, Ministers of Economy, EU Commissioners, EU Prime Minister, as well as business leaders from around the world an opportunity to consider innovative ideas and proposing solutions to the economic challenges facing the EU economy. EIF 2014[8] will be held in Bratislava, Slovakia, on 16 and 17 October.[3]

The Martens Centre also holds the Annual Transatlantic Think Tank Conference[9] bringing together high-level think tankers, experts, policymakers and other stakeholders from both sides of the Atlantic to discuss important themes in transatlantic relations.

Online initiatives


On 10 September 2009, Wilfried Martens presented his book Europe: I Struggle, I Overcome[10] in a public event organized by the CES. (Wilfried Martens with Antony Ilyin)

During the 2009 European election campaign, the Martens Centre launched a successful web-based survey module "Tellbarroso" an innovative web-based platform which invited European citizens to participate in the political decision-formation process and attracting more than 150.000 participants.[11] This pioneer initiative was personally endorsed by José Manuel Durão Barroso, the EPP candidate, for re-election as commission President.


In 2012 the Martens Centre was involved in the organization of Springeneration, a project aimed at creating a platform for dialogue between Europeans and people in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). The initiative attracted 71,000 participants.[12]


The Martens Centre launched in 2014 a new initiative to gather the best ideas from the youth across Europe. The "Up2Youth" public opinion platform was an interactive, online initiative for young Europeans to express and exchange ideas on the issues that matter the most to them. From education to jobs, and from social policy to foreign affairs, the platform allowed participants to address a wide range of issues.

The ten participants offering the best policy ideas were invited to the EPP Congress in Dublin, Ireland on 6 and 7 March 2014 to meet and share their ideas directly with EU leaders, including the EPP’s candidate for President of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker. Furthermore, the participant offering the very best idea was also offered a paid, six-month internship at the Martens Centre in Brussels.[13]


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