The Hellenic Foundation for European and Foreign Policy (ELIAMEP) is a private, independent, non-profit research and training institute, based in Athens, Greece since 1988.
ELIAMEP’s work is funded primarily through grants awarded to it in support of specific projects; donations; and fees for the provision of research services. It is governed by a 13-member Board of Directors. Its mission is to conduct research and provide policy makers, academics and the public at large with authoritative information and substantiated policy recommendations.
ELIAMEP’s expertise spans over a wide range of fields: European integration; migration; democracy, Greek foreign policy; human rights and civic participation; good governance; security, international relations and conflict resolution (with a special focus on the Balkans, the Middle East and the wider Mediterranean); media and political communication studies and so on. It is staffed by a large number of highly-qualified research fellows, associates and interns.
ELIAMEP has long-standing experience in participating in transnational projects, funded by the EU Framework Programmes. To illustrate, ELIAMEP is the first Research Centre to host an ERC grant in Greece in the area of Social Sciences and Humanities. This is a research project on the domestic impact of the ECtHR religion case law.
Specifically in the field of the media, ELIAMEP is currently involved in a large FP7-funded research project Infocore aiming at investigating the role(s) that media play in the emergence or prevention, the escalation or de-escalation, the management, resolution, and reconciliation of violent conflict.
For the period 2010-2013, it was the coordinator of MEDIADEM, an FP7-funded project which sought to understand and explain the factors that promote or conversely prevent the development of policies supporting free and independent media. The project combined a country-based study in 12 EU Member States and 2 candidate countries with a comparative analysis across media sectors and various types of media services. ELIAMEP also participated as project partner in Media Pluralism Monitor 2016 and Media Pluralism Monitor 2014. Both projects engaged in the identification of risks for media pluralism in Europe.
ELIAMEP also undertakes various kinds of information and awareness-raising activities to promote public debate, such as the production of publications, the provision of information to the media, the organization of conferences, training seminars and round-table discussions, etc. It is highly visible in public debates concerning the media, their regulatory framework and their role in democratic, inclusive and tolerant societies. It also enjoys a wide network of contacts with journalists in Greece and abroad.