Our proposals

ESI is an independent non-profit think-tank with an agenda: to fight for a better, fairer and stronger Europe based on the rule of law and respect for human rights, and for a chance for its neighbours to join it. Our tools are arguments, our role is to develop, through serious research and analysis, concrete and well-explained policy proposals that can be implemented. We believe in factfulness, rational arguments and the value of intense debate. At this moment we are advocating for the following policy proposals:

Offer the four freedoms to the Balkans, Ukraine, and Moldova

For a merit-based EU accession process with a credible goal

47 again? Russia out, Kosovo in

Support Kosovo’s membership in the Council of Europe

An airlift 2022 for Ukrainians

And a European plan to help refugees in Moldova

How to save the rule of law in Poland

The European Commission should return to the ECJ

Caviar Diplomacy

Why every European should care

New presentations

ESI proposals presented in video format

Humane Borders

Saving the Refugee Convention

The Council of Europe and Russia

Countries blatantly violating its rules should be suspended

UNHCR and the future of refugee protection

Establish humane control through cooperation

No border changes

Why Kosovo and Serbia must not discuss territory

EU-Turkey Statement 2.0

How the EU and Turkey must cooperate in their mutual interest

New deal with Africa

Regular access and fast return

Anti-Corruption Report for the West Balkans

Measure corruption in order to fight it

Orban and the silent cash machine

Why Europe should increase pressure now

How to teach war in the Balkans?

For a comprehensive analysis of 20th century history textbooks

Red Lines for Turkey

Define clear standards. Assess them strictly

Abandon clichés about Bosnia

Push EU-related reforms instead of arbitrary conditions

Silly rankings don't help

The World Bank should change the methodology of its Doing Business ranking