Centre for European Perspective CEP

Center za evropsko prihodnost

The Centre for European Perspective (CEP) is an independent and non-profit organization working on issues of peace, security, and socio-economic development and prosperity. It has been established by the Government of the Republic of Slovenia on 8 July 2004. Its original name, Centre for the European Integration Support, has been changed with the decision of the Slovenian Government on 26 April 2006.  The new name better corresponds to the scope of CEP’s activities. CEP was officially inaugurated on 23 May 2006, while the work of the Centre dates back to March of the same year. The Centre received a monetary donation from Slovenian Government for its work. However financial resources are also welcomed and sought from other national and international sources … (about 1/2).

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About 2/2: … CEP MISSION: The main mission of CEP is to play an active role in promoting European and Euro-Atlantic integration processes by drawing on the expertise of Slovenian public and private sector and by engaging experts from across the EU. CEP’s mission is to work with: 

  • EU Candidate Countries,
  • EU Potential Candidates Countries,
  • New Neighbourhood Policy Countries.


  • The geographical scope of CEP encompasses South East Europe i.e. the Balkans, the Middle East and the Mediterranean. The first priority for 2006-2008 is the Balkan region.


  • Activities of the Centre are focused on conceptual, technical and financial assistance in multi-discipline areas between Slovenia, EU member countries, and countries with the European perspective. This assistance is taking the form of tailor made educational and training programmes, study visits, workshops, roundtables, conferences, research and analysis that will empower our partners in their European or Atlantic integration processes. Project activities are designed on the Centre’s own initiative or upon requests from partner or target countries and, among other issues, aim at promoting and implementing activities that foster positive dialogue between countries, cultures and peoples. CEP will also play a supporting role in preparing analyses and developing strategic policy recommendations on a range of foreign policy and topical international issues. Current and future activities of the Centre are designed to be implemented together with our partner and target countries and with close cooperation of national and international institutions and bodies.

Key areas of work are:

  • Enlargement
  • Capacity building
  • Institutional enhancement
  • Economic growth
  • Social development
  • Human rights


  • CEP’s structure comprises of three different segments. The core of the Centre’s work is organised and implemented through the Executive Director, Programme Director, Administrative Director and the Centre’s employees. The other two segments of CEP’s structure are the Executive Board and the Advisory Board.

The Executive Board of the Centre for European Perspective has a president and three members:

  • Mr Samuel Žbogar, Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Slovenia (president), Mr Mitja Gaspari, Minister for Development and European Affairs of the Republic of Slovenia (member), Vojko Volk, ambassador coordinator for Western Balkans, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Slovenia (member), Nataša Prah, Head of Division for Eastern Europe and Central Asia, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Slovenia (member).

The Advisory Board of CEP has 14 members:

  • The current Chairperson of the Advisory Board is Mr Jan Petersen, former Norwegian Foreign Minister and a member of the Norwegian Parliament. The other members are former Italian Prime Minister and former Minister of the Interior Mr Giuliano Amato, contemporary historian and political writer Professor Timothy Garton Ash, former Special Coordinator of the Stability Pact for South Eastern Europe Mr Erhard Busek, former advisor to President of the United States Mr Zbigniew Brzezinski, former German Foreign Minister Mr Hans-Dietrich Genscher, U.S. Senator Mr Tom Harkin, former U.S. ambassador and political advisor Mr Victor Jackovich, Secretary-General of the United Nations Mr Ban Ki-moon, former Estonian Foreign Minister and  member of the Estonian Parliament Ms Kristiina Ojuland, High Representative for the Common Foreign and Security Policy, Secretary-General of the Council of the European Union Mr Javier Solana, former Foreign Minister of Serbia and Montenegro Mr Goran Svilanović, Ambassador and Director of Foreign Policy Platform Mr Murat Bilhan and Mr Zhang Deguang, former Secretary General of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation and former Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of China.


  • The Centre for European Perspective has its seat in the Jable Castle near Ljubljana, which was renovated two years ago. Much of CEP’s activities will take place in the castle.

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