Why a 'European Institute of Peace'?
To strengthen the EU’s ability to respond to global challenges to peace, Sweden and Finland jointly launched an initiative in 2010 that advocated for the creation of a European Institute of Peace (EIP). The aim was to create capacities to better support European peacemaking around the world. This initiative was kick-started by a joint letter from the two Foreign Ministers Carl Bildt and Alexander Stubb to High Representative Catherine Ashton.
What is mediatEUr’s role?
MediatEUr was asked in 2010 by the Swedish and Finnish Ministries of Foreign Affairs to support the process that would lead to the creation of a European Institute of Peace, through a number of activities, presented below.
MediatEUr’s work focused on generating content; working on the concept; and engaging stakeholders. It generated several institutional options for an EIP, drawing on numerous consultations, expert opinions, and comparative institutional analysis. A final options paper summarises these.
Our process-related role came to an end in early 2014 when the founding member states signed the EIP statutes on 18 February. A transition team, appointed by the Swedish Ministry of Foreign Affairs is taking forward the practical set-up of the Institute.
In 2014, we will support the hand-over to the EIP transition team (website under construction). mediatEUr’s work on this project will now focus on the creation of ‘building blocks’, such as the Debriefing EU Mediators series and Mediation Scoping Missions, as well as a number of complementary events, hosted jointly with our partners.
Our previous engagement on the EIP included:
Convening an informal ‘Advisory Council' on the EIP
The informal Advisory Council brought together a number of independent international thought leaders in peace mediation, peacebuilding, international security, and EU affairs. Acting in their individual capacities these personalities supported mediatEUr's project with strategic advice and input as well as providing thought leadership for outreach and profiling for the idea of an EIP. You can view their profiles on the right.
Designing and piloting ‘building blocks’ for future EIP activities
The ‘building blocks’ component of mediatEUr’s project focused on piloting a number of innovative activities an EIP could carry out in future, and to learn lessons from them. This includes:
- Convening of thematic roundtables focusing on EU peace mediation;
- Design and implementation of the ‘Debriefing EU Mediators’ publication series;
- Mediation Scoping Missions, to Kosovo and Myanmar;
- Creation of institutional multi-track partnerships for peacebuilding work, such as the Brussels-Egypt Dialogue;
- Scoping mission to Washington DC to draw lessons from USIP’s set-up and work.
Policy dialogue with key stakeholders
We engaged in numerous bilateral dialogues and meetings with EU institutions and the policymaking community on international peace, security and European Foreign Policy. Besides many meetings in Brussels, we worked in Washington, Berlin, and Paris, including an institutional comparison with existing organisations active in this field, such as swisspeace, and the United States Institute of Peace.
Enabling a multi-stakeholder dialogue on the EIP
In order to gauge existing views on the EIP, and enable an inclusive and open exchange on the initiative, mediatEUr designed and hosted a multi-stakeholder ‘Open Space’ event, described below. The discussions have been captured by debategraph - see also link on the right.
Generating a 'Business Model' for the EIP
Together with the project Advisory Council and others, mediatEUr developed a series of 'business models' that was included in the final options paper on the EIP. This was done in an interactive format, drawing on the Business Model Generation method.