About us

Our Team & Governance

Board of Trustees

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Fernand de Donnea

Executive Director and Member of the Executive Committee of CBC Banque (a subsidiary of Belgian bank group KBC) and honorary Chairman; CEO from 2012 to 2015

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Member of the Conseil d’Administration

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Jaap de Hoop Scheffer

Former NATO secretary general and former Dutch minister of foreign affairs (2002-2003), Pieter Kooijmans Chair for Peace, Law and Security at Leiden University, President of the Dutch Advisory Council on International Affairs

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Jaap de Hoop Scheffer is a Dutch politician who prominently served as the 11th Secretary General of NATO. Previously, he worked for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and at the Dutch delegation at NATO headquarters in Brussels. He now works as President of the Advisory Council on International Affairs (AIV) of the Netherlands, an independent body which advises government and parliament on foreign policy. Furthermore, he was appointed to the Pieter Kooijmans Chair for Peace, Law and Security at Leiden University.

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Mikolaj Dowgielewicz

European Investment Bank Representative to the EU institutions, and former Secretary of State for European Affairs and Economic Policy

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Mikolaj Dowgielewicz is a Polish politician who currently serves as Director General at the European Investment Bank (EIB) and as the Head of its Brussels Office. Previously, he worked in the Cabinet of the Minister of Foreign Affairs, served as Chairman of the Polish Government’s Committee for European Affairs and ultimately became Polish Minister for European Affairs. Additionally, he served as Vice-Governor of the Council of Europe Development Bank (CEB).

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Sorin Ducaru

Chairman of the NATO Secretary-General’s Senior Advisory Board for the Functional Review of the NATO Headquarters, Special Advisor at the Global Commission on the Stability of Cyberspace & Trustee of Friends of Europe

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Sorin Ducaru is a Romanian diplomat with longstanding experience in transatlantic and international relations and a particular expertise in the field of emerging security challenges and the impact of new technologies on security. He previously served as NATO Assistant Secretary-General for Emerging Security Challenges and Chair of the Cyber Defence Committee, leading the Alliance’s work on cyber policy development and implementation, and now chairs the Secretary-General’s Senior Advisory Board for the review of the NATO Headquarters. He is also a Senior Fellow at the Hudson Institute and a Special Advisor to the Global Commission on the Stability of Cyberspace, which works to develop norms and policies for the security and stability of cyberspace.

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Tanja Fajon

Member of the European Parliament Delegation for relations with Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Kosovo* and Trustee of Friends of Europe

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A politician and journalist, Tanja Fajon is currently serving as Member of the European Parliament. A passionate advocate of freedom of movement and its economic benefits, Fajon was previously the European Parliament rapporteur on the visa liberalisation process for the Western Balkans. In this position, she was instrumental in helping Albania as well as Bosnia and Herzegovina win the right to visa-free travel to Europe. In 2016, Slovenian opinion polls showed her to be highly visible and one of the most popular political figures in the country.

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Monica Frassoni

Co-President of the European Green Party and Member of the European Parliament (1999-2009)

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Monica Frassoni is an Italian politician who currently surves as the Co-President of the European Green Party. Prior to that, during her time as Member of the European Parliament, she was Co-Chair of the European Greens–European Free Alliance group in the European Parliament. Previously she served for ten years as an officer of the Greens group in the European Parliament and was Secretary General of the Young European Federalists. In 2010, she co-founded and is the current President of the European Alliance to Save Energy an organisation which aims to promote and advocate energy savings and a new energy model.

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Štefan Füle

Czech Special Envoy to the OSCE and the Western Balkans and EU Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighbourhood Policy (2010-2014)

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Štefan Füle is a Czech politician and diplomat who currently serves as the Czech Special Envoy to the OSCE and the Western Balkans. Having started his career in the Czech Ministry of Foreign Affairs, he worked as Czech Ambassador to Lithuania and to the UK, as well as becoming Czech Permanent Representative to NATO. In 2010, he became the EU Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighbourhood Policy where he was instrumental in setting up and developing the Eastern Partnership with six countries in Eastern Europe and the South Caucasus.

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Catherine Gernay

Member of the Board of Directors at IRE and Executive Officer at SCK-CEN, The Belgian Nuclear Research Centre

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Catherine Gernay is an expert and consultant in science policy. She holds a licenciate and doctorate in economics and spent part of her research at Harvard Business School. She then worked at the Science Policy Ministry of the Belgian government. She is currently Member of the Board of Directors at the National Institute for Radioelements (IRE) and Executive Officer at The Belgian Nuclear Research Centre (SCK-CEN).

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Ana Gomes

Vice-Chair of the European Parliament Committee of money laundering, tax avoidance and tax evasion and Trustee of Friends of Europe

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An established and experienced diplomat, Ana Gomes has cemented a reputation as a strident supporter and defender of democracy, human rights, social justice and the rule of law. She has previously been involved in the EU Middle East Peace Process and has led several EU election observation missions in Africa and South-East Asia. Gomes has become a vocal critic of the maladministration of EU law by multinational corporations to minimise tax costs and the negative impact this has on European citizens, governance and society.

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Sylvie Goulard

Deputy Governor at Banque de France, Member of the European Parliament (2009-2017)

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Sylvie Goulard is a French politician who currently serves as Deputy Governor at Banque de France. Previously, she was Member of the European Parliament and, having been appointed by Emmanuel Macron, Minister of the Armed Forces in the French government. She is also the former President of the Mouvement européen-France, the oldest pluralist association defending the European ideal, and was a founder of the Spinelli Group. Additionally, Goulard continues to write regularly in a wide range of both and international newspapers.

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Elisabeth Guigou

President of the Anna Lindh Foundation and former French minister

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Elisabeth Guigou is president of the Anna Lindh Foundation, a network of civil society organisations dedicated to promoting intercultural dialogue in the Mediterranean region. Before this appointment, Guigou served as French Minister of European Affairs, member of the European Parliament, and member of the French National Assembly, among numerous other posts. In addition to this, Guigou was the first female to be appointed Minister of Justice in France, where she distinguished herself for her fight for a more independent justice system.

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Toomas Hendrik Ilves

Distinguished Visiting Fellow at Stanford University and President of the Republic of Estonia (2006–2016)

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Toomas Hendrik Ilves is an Estonian politician and currently Distinguished Visiting Fellow at Stanford University. After many years living and working in the United States, Ilves became Ambassador of Estonia to the United States after Estonia had restored its independence. Later, he served as Estonian Minister of Foreign Affairs and Chairman of the People’s Party. Having been Member of the European Parliament, Ilves was elected as the fourth President of the Republic of Estonia in 2006, a position which he fulfilled for a decade.

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Baron Daniel Janssen

President of the Board of Directors of Solvay (1998-2006), and Member of the Executive Committee of the Trilateral Commission

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Baron Daniel Janssen is a Belgian businessman. Having worked at the Union Chimique Belge as an engineer, he successively became Director of Research and Development and then President of the Executive Committee. Afterwards, he became first CEO and then President of the Board of Directors of Solvay. Additionally, Janssen was a member of the Executive Committee of the Trilateral Commission.

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Jean-Pierre Jouyet

French Ambassador to the UK, Elysée's Secretary General (2014-2017), and French Secretary of State for European Affairs (2007-2008)

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An experienced French diplomat and politician, Jean-Pierre Jouyet currently serves as the Ambassador of France to the United Kingdom. Previously, he held the position of Secretary-General of the Presidency of the Republic in François Hollande’s government. Additionally, he served as French Secretary of State for European Affairs where one of his missions was to make the necessary preparations for France’s Presidency of the Council of the European Union in the second half of 2008.

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Sony Kapoor

Managing Director of the think tank Re-Define, 2014 European Young Leader

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Sony is the Director of the international think-tank Re-Define. He is an influential economist, financial sector expert and development practitioner. Sony advises the EU, central banks, large investors, governments, regulators and multilateral institutions on economic, fiscal, investment and financial policy. He has a multidisciplinary role at the London School of Economics as Strategy Adviser to the Systemic Risk Centre and Senior Visiting Fellow in Development and Public Policy. He is also a special adviser to the UNEP on green finance. Before Re-Define, Sony worked for ICICI, India’s largest investment bank. Sony co-founded the International Tax Justice Network, Europeans for Financial Reform and Finance Watch, and launched the inter-governmental Illicit Finance Task Force. His substantial contribution to financial reform, tackling the euro crisis and promoting development has been recognised by the World Economic Forum naming him a Young Global Leader and by the Royal Society of Arts electing him a Fellow.

Management

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Geert Cami

Co-Founder and Secretary-General at Friends of Europe

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Geert Cami co-founded Friends of Europe in 1999 and now mainly deals with the strategic development (from concepts to fundraising and implementation) of our think-tank and its flagship projects. He also focuses on the expansion and the activation of our vast network of senior political, corporate, media and societal contacts throughout the world, and coordinates the work of the Boards involved in the governance of the organisation. Since its launch in February 2019, Geert also runs TownHall Europe, the Davignon Centre for New Leadership, next to the European Parliament in Brussels.

In the nineties, Geert worked for a few years in ECHO at the European Commission, where he helped create and develop the then newly set-up Information and Communications Unit. His focus was mainly on raising the profile of the EU’s humanitarian efforts throughout the world, managing the Information Budget and dealing with outreach through publications and media initiatives such as exhibitions, television debates or Humanitarian Days in Member States.

Geert also headed the European conference organising, press relations and publishing company Forum Europe for more than ten years. At the outset of his career, Geert worked for 2 music programmes at Belgian public Radio 1, and very briefly as a teacher and TV journalist.

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Nathalie Furrer

Director of Programmes & Operations at Friends of Europe

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Nathalie Furrer is the Director of Programmes & Operations at Friends of Europe. In this role she manages the experienced team and develops the overall programme of the think tank, liaises with members, partners and the press. She also coordinates all debates and publications, as well as other initiatives co-organised by Friends of Europe on subjects ranging from energy, EU-China relations and the financial market to Latin America and EU health strategy. Prior to joining Friends of Europe she was working in an institute for public policy research organising international conferences throughout Europe. Nathalie graduated in Political Science from the University of Geneva and has a Masters in Communication from the Sorbonne in Paris. In addition to her native French, she is fluent in English and Italian and has a good knowledge of German.

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Shada Islam

Director of Europe and Geopolitics at Friends of Europe

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Shada works on issues related to the future of Europe, minority and integration challenges as well as on Europe’s relations with emerging nations. She set up the Asia Programme for Friends of Europe in 2011 and also leads its work on development issues. She is the former Europe correspondent for the Far Eastern Economic Review and continues to write for leading international publications.

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Dharmendra Kanani

Director of Insights at Friends of Europe

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Prior to joining Friends of Europe, Dharmendra Kanani was director of policy at the European Foundation Centre (EFC). He was the England director at the Big Lottery Fund, the largest independent funder in the UK and fourth largest in the world. Dharmendra has held senior positions in the public and voluntary sector and advisor to numerous ministerial policy initiatives across the UK.

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Adam Nyman

Director of Debating Europe

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Adam is the Director of Friends of Europe’s online citizen-driven discussion platform Debating Europe, which he co-founded in 2011. He has extensive experience in digital media start-ups, including the launch of the Brussels-based newswire service EUPOLITIX.com, which he merged into The Parliament Magazine, where he was the Managing Director. Adam speaks fluent English and Italian.

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Angela Pauly

Head of Communications at Friends of Europe

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Angela is Head of Communications at Friends of Europe. She has over a decade of experience earned on both sides of the Atlantic in agencies, NGOs and associations. She holds an MA in European Studies from the University of British Columbia and a BA from Wellesley College. She is a native English and French speaker and dabbles in Spanish and German.

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Martine Vandeputte

General Manager at Friends of Europe

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As General Manager, Martine runs the day-to-day business of Friends of Europe. She is responsible for People, Organisation, Communications and Administration and leads the Leadership/Management Team.

Before joining Friends of Europe, she held various leading positions in both the private and public sectors and around the world. She has more than 25 years of experience in leading organisations towards their future.She has a proven track record of leading and implementing change, driving business value from alignment, improving people processes and building a performance culture, managing large and complex projects, working and delivering results in multi-cultural environments, and implementing effective communication.

In her leisure time, Martine likes going to the theatre and cultural events. She enjoys travelling and spending time with family and friends and is fluent in Dutch, English, French, Spanish and German.

Staff

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Arnaud Bodet

Communications Executive at Friends of Europe

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Arnaud is a Communications Executive at Friends of Europe, working on coordinating the various communications activities and strategy of the organisation. He holds an MSc in European Politics from the London School of Economics and a bachelor degree in International Relations from Vesalius College. Prior to joining the team, he worked in organisations such as the European Liberal Forum, International Crisis Group and GIZ. He is fluent in English and French, and has basic skills in German and Spanish.

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Julie Bolle

Head of Data Management and Support at Friends of Europe

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As Head of Data Management and Support, Julie ensures there is efficient and effective infrastructure for the management of Friends of Europe’s projects, networks and customer relations. She is also responsible for providing a CRM infrastructure that supports Friends of Europe’s business and projects. She holds a Master’s degree in Political Sciences from the Université Libre de Bruxelles and from the Institut d’Etudes Politiques Strasbourg, France. Julie speaks French and English fluently, intermediate German, and basic Dutch.

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Nassim Bounya

Programme & Data Management Executive at Friends of Europe

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Nassim is a Programme and Data Management Executive. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in History and Political Sciences from the University of Rennes, and a Master’s degree in International Relations from the IEP of Rennes, France (Science Po’s Network). He has previously worked for an NGO providing social support for the migrants in France. Nassim speaks both French and English.

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Raphaël Danglade

Programme Manager at Friends of Europe

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Raphaël is Programme Manager with a focus on Energy & Climate. He holds a Bachelor in Geography and Environmental Studies from Royal Holloway, University of London, after which he completed an MSc in Climate Change and International Development at the University of East Anglia, UK. He developed an acute interest in climate change and the low carbon economy after working for various NGOs, private sector companies, civil society organisations and think tanks with projects related to Africa, Latin America and Europe. Raphaël speaks both French and English.

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Nathalie Furrer

Director of Programmes & Operations at Friends of Europe

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Nathalie Furrer is the Director of Programmes & Operations at Friends of Europe. In this role she manages the experienced team and develops the overall programme of the think tank, liaises with members, partners and the press. She also coordinates all debates and publications, as well as other initiatives co-organised by Friends of Europe on subjects ranging from energy, EU-China relations and the financial market to Latin America and EU health strategy. Prior to joining Friends of Europe she was working in an institute for public policy research organising international conferences throughout Europe. Nathalie graduated in Political Science from the University of Geneva and has a Masters in Communication from the Sorbonne in Paris. In addition to her native French, she is fluent in English and Italian and has a good knowledge of German.

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Dr. Kirsty Hughes

Associate Fellow at Friends of Europe

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Dr. Kirsty Hughes is an Associate Fellow at Friends of Europe. She has worked at a number of leading European think tanks and has published extensively on European and international politics including books, reports and as a journalist. She was also a senior political adviser in the European Commission, head of advocacy for Oxfam, and CEO at Index on Censorship.

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Natasha Ibbotson

Senior Manager Membership and Partnerships at Friends of Europe

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As Senior Manager Membership and Partnerships at Friends of Europe, Natasha is responsible for the implementation of several programmes, as well as relations with members and the development of partnership opportunities. She began her career working for a cultural organisation in Berlin before moving to Brussels to work for a grant-making fund and later an international trade association. She holds Master’s degrees in classical languages from the University of Oxford and European Union law from King’s College London.

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Shada Islam

Director of Europe and Geopolitics at Friends of Europe

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Shada works on issues related to the future of Europe, minority and integration challenges as well as on Europe’s relations with emerging nations. She set up the Asia Programme for Friends of Europe in 2011 and also leads its work on development issues. She is the former Europe correspondent for the Far Eastern Economic Review and continues to write for leading international publications.

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Dharmendra Kanani

Director of Insights at Friends of Europe

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Prior to joining Friends of Europe, Dharmendra Kanani was director of policy at the European Foundation Centre (EFC). He was the England director at the Big Lottery Fund, the largest independent funder in the UK and fourth largest in the world. Dharmendra has held senior positions in the public and voluntary sector and advisor to numerous ministerial policy initiatives across the UK.

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Marthe Krijger

Senior Programme Manager at Friends of Europe

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Marthe is Senior Programme Manager for the European Young Leaders (EYL40) Programme. Prior to joining Friends of Europe, Marthe worked as a project officer in the cultural sector in the Netherlands and completed a Schuman traineeship at the European Parliament, focusing on inter-institutional relations. She also worked as a programme manager for Debating Europe. Marthe holds a BA in journalism, an MSc in political philosophy and an MA in European Studies from the University of Amsterdam. Marthe is passionate about democratic theory and empowering citizens and promoting transparency. She is fluent in Dutch and English, and has intermediate skills in French and German.

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Indre Krivaite

Communications Assistant at Friends of Europe

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Indre is a Communications Assistant at Friends of Europe. Prior to joining the organisation, she completed her MA in EU International Relations and Diplomacy Studies at the College of Europe (Bruges campus), where she wrote her thesis on the coherence of EU public diplomacy with Ukraine as a case study. Indre holds a BSc in Politics and International Relations from the University of Bath. As part of her undergraduate degree, she completed traineeships at the General Secretariat of the Council of the EU and the Permanent Representation of Lithuania to the EU. Indre speaks Lithuanian, English, French, German and basic Dutch.

Transparency Board

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Monica Frassoni

Co-President of the European Green Party and Member of the European Parliament (1999-2009)

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Monica Frassoni is an Italian politician who currently surves as the Co-President of the European Green Party. Prior to that, during her time as Member of the European Parliament, she was Co-Chair of the European Greens–European Free Alliance group in the European Parliament. Previously she served for ten years as an officer of the Greens group in the European Parliament and was Secretary General of the Young European Federalists. In 2010, she co-founded and is the current President of the European Alliance to Save Energy an organisation which aims to promote and advocate energy savings and a new energy model.

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Jon Worth

Blogger and independent consultant, 2012 European Young Leader

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Jon is a founding partner of techPolitics LLP, a London-based web campaigning and social media agency that has run online campaigns for well-known UK politicians such as Harriet Harman, Diane Abbott and Ken Livingstone. He is best known in the UK for his role running the Atheist Bus Campaign, an online fundraising campaign that emblazoned the slogan “There’s probably no God. Now stop worrying and enjoy your life” on 800 buses across the UK in 2009. This action prompted follow up campaigns in ten further countries. He is one of the founders of BloggingPortal.eu, an aggregator of blogs about the European Union, and is a prolific writer on EU affairs on his own blog (jonworth.eu) as well as on UK political blogs such as LabourList and Left Foot Forward. He is a visiting lecturer at Hertie School of Governance, Berlin, and the Graduate Institute of International Affairs, Geneva.

Financials

Our revenue

In 2018 Friends of Europe’s total revenue was €3,899,297. This money was contributed through participation fees (“memberships”), institutional and governmental subsidies, contributions to costs of events, reports or other projects, and exceptional revenues not linked to our annual work programme.

 


Types of revenue

  • Membership guarantees participation at all our debates, hard copies of our reports, and finally, networking opportunities. It goes without saying that Friends of Europe does not represent the interests of its members, most of whom in any case have competing or conflicting interests, and in that respect it is worthwhile stating that Friends of Europe members are paying an annual ‘participation fee’ without any other prerogative or role in the governance of Friends of Europe.
  • Project sponsorship provides associated visibility linked to a specific project (such as a report or debate), and a possible speaking slot or op-ed contribution, with overall independence and balance of opinion contractually guaranteed by Friends of Europe.
  • Programme/pillar partnership offers visibility and input into our annual work programme for a specific pillar or programme, again with independence and balance of opinion contractually guaranteed by Friends of Europe.
  • Exceptional revenues (such as compensation of office rent, payment exchanges…)

 


Revenue breakdown

1. €3.765.491 broken down per source of funding as follows:

  • European and international institutions: €770,509,65 (20%)
  • Diplomatic missions, national, regional and local authorities: €1,735,283,50 (46%)
  • Corporate sector (companies and trade associations): €617,165 (16%)
  • Private non-corporate (foundations and NGOs): €211,521 (6%)
  • Participation fees (“Membership”): €431,011,89 (11%)

2. €133.806 of exceptional revenues not linked to our annual work programme (for compensation of office rents, payment exchanges,…)

 


Membership guarantees participation at all our debates, copies of our reports, and networking opportunities. Friends of Europe does not represent the interests of its members, who pay an annual ‘participation fee’ without any other prerogative or role in the governance of Friends of Europe.

Membership fees are among the lowest in Brussels so as to stimulate as wide and heterogeneous membership as possible. Memberships are not ‘personal’, so any person employed by a member organisation can attend our debates and receive copies of our major reports.

Annual membership fees are as follows:

  • NGOs: €525
  • SMEs, trade associations, chambers of commerce: €998
  • International organisations and diplomatic missions of G20 and European Economic Area (EEA) countries: €998
  • Diplomatic missions of non-G20/EEA countries: €788
  • Regional offices: €788
  • Foundations: €788
  • Corporations: €2,150

VIP members receive visibility in our reports and at our debates, and are invited to roundtable discussions for reduced audiences. Prices range between €1,750 (NGOs) and €6,850 (corporates).

 


For project-related partnerships, Friends of Europe has opted from the beginning for transparent and open communication. All partners are systematically credited on the website and in our reports.

Project-related partners receive two key advantages: visibility in the communications campaign surrounding a debate or a report, and an opportunity to speak at an event or write for a report/publication.

Friends of Europe offers a platform to people from all backgrounds and opinion, including government and institution leaders, NGOs and lobbyists of all shapes and colours, but the editorial independence and the guaranteed balance of discussions are the exclusive responsibility of Friends of Europe, as contractually enshrined.

We write balanced reports or debate programmes, and bring in voices that disagree with one another. It is only by confronting ideas that Europe will find the best solutions for the challenges of our times.

It should be stressed that the objective of Friends of Europe’s activities is to foster discussion and debate among the EU’s leaders and citizens on the issues that shape their future and to debate and circulate useful ideas for a more forward-looking, inclusive and sustainable Europe, not to push any specific political or business interest.

 


For the full details of revenues coming from Friends of Europe’s membership/participation fees, click here.

For the full details of other revenues, click here.

For the full details on Friends of Europe’s registration to the Transparency Register please click here.

The Transparency and Independence Board helps define, refine and verify our credentials in terms of financial transparency and independence.

For the latest declaration of the Transparency and Independence Board, click here

 


Fundraising guidelines

Financing is an essential part of any organisation’s existence, and Friends of Europe relies on it to be able to ensure the broadest possible platform for debate, reflection and analysis. To uphold our mission as an independent think-tank, we adhere to the following basic principles of independence and transparency.

Transparency
: Friends of Europe openly credits all partners, and is transparent as to sources of its funding in relation to our various projects. We maintain open and direct visibility for all our partners.

Opposing views
: Friends of Europe maintains partnerships with organisations and governments that clearly have opposing views. Offering a speaking slot to partners does not pose a problem in this respect, on condition that other relevant points of view are equally represented.

Editorial Independence
: Friends of Europe remains at all times independent in its approach to any given policy issue. This principle is also legally enshrined in any contract with a partner: “Editorial and intellectual independence and the balance of events/reports shall at all times remain exclusive responsibility of Friends of Europe.”

 


Fundraising objectives

Inclusiveness: Friends of Europe’s main objective in fundraising is to finance the widest possible participation in high-quality debates and reports, combining the best available research, facts & figures. We aim to bring together all sides of a debate, and a spectrum of opinion that is as wide as possible. This includes conflicting political opinions, corporate as well as civil society and NGO voices, and a variety of specialists and media from throughout the world.

Communication
: Friends of Europe’s activities are backed by our communications powerhouse to seek maximum exposure for its projects and therefore also for its authors, speakers and partners. That communication includes the publication and dissemination of articles and reports on our activities, available to our members and partners, the media and the general public. Adequate funding for this effort is highly important.

Reach
: We aim to engage a wider audience beyond the “establishment” and the “Brussels bubble”, in an effort to inform people and fight political apathy and voter absenteeism. This is why we seek to expand paid partnerships across Europe and the world to extend our reach.

 


Independence and Transparency Board

To ensure the openness and independence of our organisation, Friends of Europe has created a panel of people from various walks of life to consider any potential issues. The board meets at least once a year in Brussels and whenever it is deemed useful.

The Transparency and Independence Board helps define, refine and verify our credentials in terms of financial transparency and independence.

For the latest declaration of the Transparency and Independence Board, click here.

As stated above, Friends of Europe welcomes as wide an array of opinions as possible, and we do not shy away from provocative exchanges between different stakeholders. However, we wish to clarify the following restrictions we have imposed on ourselves:

  1. Representatives from extremist parties which advocate racism, violence, or which have values that go against basic European values as delineated above, are not invited to write in our reports, to speak at our debates or to support our activities financially.
  2. In line with the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC), a legally binding international treaty that aims to reduce the damaging health and economic impacts of tobacco consumption, Friends of Europe refrains from working with the tobacco industry.
  3. While arms manufacturers can become members of Friends of Europe, a few limitations do apply. Friends of Europe will not offer them a high profile as partners of projects, nor accept partnership money from the production and sales of arms. As listed in SIPRI’s most recent annual report on arms producing, FOE defines “arms manufacturers” more strictly than SIPRI as any company having more than 50% of its sales coming from the production of arms. (FOE excludes companies only providing consultancy & IT services to intelligence agencies, armed forces or ministries of defence from this definition, such as BAH through whom FOE has received US government funding. SIPRI = Stockholm International Peace Research Institute).
  4. Non-EU countries are eligible partners in an effort to engage in fruitful discussions that may help in certain cases at sharing best practices, or improving democratic and human rights conditions, as long as our intellectual credibility or that of a project are not endangered.

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