The Swedish initiative for a European peace institute, EIP, is on the way to becoming a reality.
Based on the desire to strengthen the EU as a foreign policy actor, on 18 February 2014, Group of 7 founding country signed statutes for new European Inst for Peace and EIP was created and in May the EIP is expected to begin its work.
The Institute will pursue multi-track diplomacy and promote best practice in conflict resolution, mainly through mediation and informal dialogue. It will be an important instrument in the EU’s toolbox for managing crises and conflicts.
Europe has endured centuries of war and has transformed conflict through economic and social integration. EU¨s historic achievement, to ensure stability and consensus between countries which for centuries has been in constant conflict with each other, shows that the Union can play an important role in the service of peace also outside Europe.
When it comes to dispute resolution, we now have many choices. The European Institute of Peace (EIP) is a new initiative at the heart of Europe – with a global scope.
European Union foreign ministers meeting in Brussels on Monday (12 May) will make final preparations for the launch of a new European Institute of Peace.
The EIP will be a permanent independent organisation, the purpose of which will be to contribute to the global peace agenda of the European Union through a close partnership with EU institutions in order to prevent, mitigate and resolve conflict.
The European Institute of Peace will pursue multi-track diplomacy and promote best practise in conflict management. It represents an opportunity to redefine how EU conduct international diplomacy
The Institute seeks to engage the most creative minds at every step of each project we deliver. As expert on the news channels, EIP can generate public awareness about mediation approaches and create broader support also for other peace efforts. This initiative should overcome inertia created by fear and instead foster a courageous constituency in support of peaceful solutions.
A core group of seven European countries (Belgium, Finland, Hungary, Luxemburg, Poland, Sweden and Switzerland), supported by the European Parliament, registered the Institute under Belgian law and there is growing interest from other European governments.
The group of 7 signed statutes for new European Inst for Peace. Also Italy with Foreign Minister @federicamog has now decided to join @Eurpeace in setting up European Institute of Peace. During 2014 the Institute will recruit its truly first-class team. Important start with Sweden in the lead.
The Institute will be governed by a Board of Governors and managed by an Executive Director, a Deputy Executive Director, and a number of mediation experts and support staff. The EEAS and the European Commission will have a standing invitation to attend meetings of the EIP Board of Governors as observers.
The European Institute of Peace (EIP) will be launched on 12 May 2014 to strengthen Europe’s ability to respond to global challenges to peace. Following the foreign affairs council meeting in Brussels, the initiative will be presented in a press conference accompanied by Catherine Ashton, the EU’s high representative for foreign affairs.
“Generations of hostility and wars can be overcome by peace initiatives”, write nine European foreign ministers, ahead of the press conference in an europeanvoice.com/ article April 11th 2014.
According to its statutes:
the objective of the EIP is to: Contribute to and complement the global peace agenda of the European Union, primarily through mediation and informal dialogue and stay engaged and deliver security and financial guarantees to secure agreements, not to design policies.
The EIP pursues multi-track diplomacy and promotes best practice in conflict resolution. As an operational hub, the EIP connects existing expertise and shares knowledge on European mediation.