Who we are
One of the main pillars of the European Network of Political Foundations (ENoP) are its thematic working groups (WGs) that deliberate regularly and provide recommendations to the institutions of the European Union and to decision-makers on national level on the subjects of democracy, sustainable development, EU funding and programming, as well as on topics related to the future of Europe and its enlargement and neighborhood policies.
The four thematic working groups are respectively: WG Democracy, WG Sustainable Development, WG EU Funding and WG The Future of Europe. They provide a unique space for dialogue for the members of the Network. This platform helps political foundations exchange expertise among themselves; with their local partners, and offers an opportunity for a “structured dialogue” with the European Institutions. As a result, ENoP and its members are fit to formulate concrete policies and actions that help the EU identify and attain its goals in democracy and sustainable development in a more coherent manner.
In contrast to other actors in the field, ENoP has the advantage of combining precious expertise from both political actors and civil society in partner-countries, and thus it serves as a bridge-builder between the two and the EU institutions.
ENoP is particularly devoted to the mission of safeguarding and enhancing democracy, which we perceive as a core European value and a precondition for the protection of human rights, for a thriving enabling environment for CSOs and political pluralism. We raise awareness and work on the effective implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) laid out in the Agenda 2030, both internationally as well as on member state level.
Beyond the thematic areas tackled through the Working Groups, ENoP holds several additional “permanent missions”, among which:
• To promote and strengthen the role of political foundations across the European Union: political foundations are close to political parties in their ideological affiliation, but independent financially and activity-wise from the parties. This allows them higher flexibility and enables them to work closely both with civil society and political actors.
• To facilitate a debate on the legal framework for political foundations across the EU member states: this would strengthen the recognition and support to political foundations and their work.
• To work with political parties: political parties are an essential part of functioning democracies, as they translate the needs and opinions of the citizens into policies. Therefore, working with political parties to help them improve their internal democratic processes and link them better to citizens, is crucial. Through its political pluralism, ENoP can work across the ideological spectrum and assist political parties in the above-mentioned missions.