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.
The EU Office of the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung in Brussels uses a variety of different means to achieve its objectives: public conferences, closed expert seminars, visitor programmes and working visits for foreign guests, along with various publications such as the “Brussels Focus” information sheets.
The EU Office works with a large number of partners.
First and foremost, these include the European Parliament, the services of the European Commission, the General Secretariat of the Council, the office of the High Representative for the Common Foreign and Security Policy, the Committee of the Regions and the European Economic and Social Committee. Of course, it also has working contact with the Permanent Representation of the Federal Republic of Germany and the representations of other Member States, the liaison office of the German Bundestag, the represeantations of the German Bundesländer and representatives of German and European non-governmental organisations and companies in Brussels. NATO is also among its partners as well as the European Network of Political Foundations (ENoP), the newly formed European Network of Social Democratic Foundations (ENSoF) and the Foundation for European Progressive Studies (FEPS).
The EU Office’s trade union-related activities focus on measures with the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC), the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC), the European and international professional secretariats, the European Trade Union Institute (ETUI), the Hans-Böckler-Stiftung and the liaison office of the Confederation of German Trade Unions (DGB) in Brussels.