The European Council on Foreign Relations, launched in 2007, has the objective to make researches and debates all across Europe about the development of foreign policy which can be coherent and effective.
It has seven offices all around the Europe (London, Paris, Madrid, Rome, Sofia, Warsaw and Berlin).
Both in 2009 and in 2010 the council has been awarded as “Best new think-tank in the world” by the University of Pennsylvania, thanks to fact that the Council itself is free from any national restriction, so it is able to give solutions to european problems in a whole.
Currently the council is formed by members prime ministers, business leaders and activists, more than 170 members in total who serve on a three years renewable term. It meets once a year to discuss about their tasks and objectives.
In its whole, the European Council on Foreign Relations works on three programs: China, Wider Europe and Middle East/North Africa.
The first program studies how EU can follow its relationship with China regarding some important (and global) aspects, such as climate change.
The Wider Europe program has to goal to deepen EU relationship with some western borders, such as Turkey and Russia, in economic, military and political point of views. Other than that, European Council on Foreign Relations also deals with energy dependence that EU has with other countries.
The Middle East / North Africa program has been developed after the “Arab spring” (a huge wave of protests which began in arabian countries starting from 18th december 2010) and has the goal to define new relationship between Europe and Middle Eastern countries in order to be on the right side of things. This program also deals with North Africa relationship.