The European Governance and Politics Programme (EGPP) is an international hub of high quality research and reflection on the European Union. Launched in 2018, the Programme builds on the European Union Democracy Observatory (EUDO) which positioned the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies and the European University Institute (EUI) at the forefront of research on the EU since its creation in 2006. The EGPP retains and develops many of EUDO’s features in the framework of a multi-disciplinary approach. The core of its activities is funded by external research projects, that in turn foster the publication of research-led working papers, policy papers and publications in scientific journals. The EGPP also promotes engagement on contemporary issues through various events, including blog debates and thematic conferences and workshops. Each year it hosts an annual conference that focuses on a crucial theme for the European Union.

The Programme aims to:

  • foster high-quality academic research on the EU and European integration with a medium to long-term perspective, distinguished from think-tanks and other non-academic research institutes whose policy agendas are generally short-termed;
  • foster engagement with the political and policy world;
  • facilitate the EUI’s research on the EU and develop co-operation with other world-leading research programmes on Europe;
  • create a forum for researchers within Europe to share theoretical and analytical perspectives and broaden research networks;
  • build a platform for a number of key data sets to support research on the European Union;
  • encourage researchers to join the EUI community with projects on the EU, including PhD proposals, Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellowships, and ERC projects.

ErasmusThe European Commission supports the EUI through the European Union budget.