In May 2004, the Republic of Slovenia became one of the youngest new members of the European Union. The membership offered the country many new opportunities that came with a newly found sense of responsibility. Therefore, Slovenian government’s decision to establish the Centre for European Perspective (CEP) was a sign of a firm commitment to assist countries with an EU perspective in making their aspirations happen.
The Centre has been entered under its original name Centre for the European Union Integration Support into the Register of Foundations administered by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Based on the decision of the Government of the Republic of Slovenia from 2006, the Centre was renamed to the Centre for European Perspective. The new name better corresponds to the greater visibility and scope of CEP activities.
CEP is housed in the state-of-the-art facility, the Castle Jable, in the outskirts of Ljubljana. With geographic focus on South Eastern Europe and beyond, CEP works on four key areas: EU enlargement process, security, good governance, and socioeconomic development. Through CEPs’ tailor-made educational and training programmes, study visits, workshops, round tables and conferences, CEP empowers and supports its partners in their efforts towards Euro-Atlantic integration. CEP’s demand driven programmes are designed to be implemented jointly with partner and target countries. Finally, CEP is strongly committed to fostering positive dialogue between countries, cultures and peoples – making intercultural dialogue not only our commitment but our philosophy!
CEP and its team have conducted over 200 projects, actively involving over 1800 experts. We contribute to regional stability and prosperity through developing and strengthening friendly relations with beneficiary countries and in achieving visibility of Slovenian know-how in the region.
Main characteristics of the CEP activities are multidisciplinary expertise and interactivity. While experts are involved from the preparation phase on, topics are tackled from different angles and trainees are actively involved in the implementation as well as in the evaluation phase. The skills aquired are directly applicable to the work on the field. CEP activities derive from rich experiences acquired from project management work and systematic problem-solving.