About the FES-EU Office

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.

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The State of the European Union 2015

The new legislature: eleven challenges facing Europe

This is the fourth State of the Union Report that FES and Fundación Alternativas have published jointly.

Its title reflects the new composition of the European Parliament in the wake of the most recent European parliamentary elections as well as the inaugurations of a new Commission and new presidents of the European Commission and the Council of Europe. The beginning of this new legislature, which marks the advent of a new phase for the Union, is getting underway at a decisive moment in the construction of our beloved Europe. As the Union embarks on this new phase, the report identifies the eleven most pressing challenges that the EU will be facing during 2015 and the next few years and analyses the advances and setbacks that marked the difficult year of 2014.



More Union in European Defence

The Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS) and the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES) have the pleasure of presenting a new Task Force report:
Years of uncoordinated cuts in defence spending have eroded the EU’s role as a security actor in what is now a multipolar world. This Task Force report aims to provide member states and the EU institutions with the narrative to strengthen defence cooperation in the EU, in the face of numerous emergencies in the EU’s strategic neighbourhood and ever-present security threats. The report is a record of the deliberations over several months between high-level experts in the field of European security and defence, who conclude that the Treaty of Lisbon demands and permits a great deal more in terms of our common security and defence activities. And that member states could achieve much more value for money than the €190 billion that they spend to keep up 28 national armies, comprising roughly 1.5 million service personnel.
The Task Force report suggests policy actions to further the EU’s strategic, institutional, capabilities, and resources cooperation in the field of defence. Ultimately, in the view of the Task Force experts, further integration should amount to a ‘European Defence Union’ (EDU).