Europe in the World

Making Europe count

Building EU foreign policy over the past twenty years has been one of the most challenging and difficult aspects of the process of integration and, despite the innovations introduced by the Lisbon Treaty, the policy is still far from meeting the expectations of European citizens and of the rest of the world. At the same time, the EU’s role in international politics is being challenged both politically and economically. The rise of new powers, an increasingly fluid system of global governance, and the growing internationalisation of domestic politics and policies are all putting the EU under the spotlight to deliver.

The EPC’s Europe in the World Programme takes a dual approach. EU capabilities in foreign policy and its political will to play a role as a global actor are essential to understand the ways in which the Union engages with the world, by analysing the External Action Service, the use of the EU’s foreign policy tool box, and political dynamics in Europe. Through seminars, public events, and special projects, the Programme also examines the EU’s ‘performance’ in certain parts of the world (especially in the Balkans and in the EU’s neighbourhood, but also in Asia) while addressing thematic and cross-cutting issues, such as foreign policy and international migration, international justice, human rights, crisis management and peacebuilding.


In October 2011, the EPC became a member of EuroMeSCo network.


In December 2012, the EPC joined the EGS project.

In this programme


Programme chair

Frans Van Daele
Frans Van Daele

Former Head of staff of the President of the European Council

Programme Team

Senior Policy Analysts

Paul Ivan
Amanda Paul

Policy Analyst

Andrea Frontini

Junior Policy Analyst

Juliane Schmidt