European Union Institute for Security Studies

European Union Institute for Security Studies (EUISS)
Agency overview
Formed 20 July 2001 (2001-07-20)
Jurisdiction European Union
Headquarters Paris, France
Agency executive
  • Gustav Lindstrom, Director
Key document
European Union Institute for Security Studies (European Union)

The European Union Institute for Security Studies (EUISS) is a Paris-based agency of the European Union. The EUISS evolved from Western European Union Institute for Security Studies following a gradual transfer of powers from the Western European Union (WEU) to the EU. It now operates under the Union's Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP).

The EUISS is an autonomous agency with full intellectual freedom. It researches security issues of relevance for the EU and provides a forum for debate. In its capacity as an EU agency, it also offers analyses and forecasting to the High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Federica Mogherini.


According to the Council Joint Action of 20 July 2001, which established the EUISS, the mission of the EUISS is to 'contribute to the development of the CFSP, in particular the CSDP, in coherence with the European Security Strategy. To that end, it shall conduct academic research and policy analysis, organise seminars and carry out information and communication activities in that field. The Institute's work shall inter alia contribute to the transatlantic dialogue. It shall involve a network of exchanges with other research institutes and think-tanks both inside and outside the European Union'.[1]

Oversight and Funding

According to the European External Action Service (EEAS) website the Institute is funded by member states of the European Union, according to a GNP-based cost-sharing formula, and governed by:


The EUISS researches topics related to the Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP), including the Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP). The Institute covers EU relations with the following regions:[3]

In addition to these geographical regions, the EUISS addresses the thematic areas of counter-terrorism, disarmament and non-proliferation, conflict prevention and crisis management, global governance, EU enlargement, cybersecurity, justice and home affairs, and defence industries.[4]


Communications and outreach activities are central to the work of the EUISS in fulfilling its mission to contribute to Europe’s strategic debate. The EUISS maintains a strong online presence (website re-launched in 2017) and distributes its research via a regular newsletter.[5] Making use of social media tools, the EUISS maintains active Facebook[6] and Twitter[7] accounts, as well as Flickr[8] and Vimeo[9] channels.

European Strategy and Policy Analysis System (ESPAS)

In 2011, the EUISS, in its role as the European agency for strategic studies, was chosen by the European Commission to prepare and deliver the final reports of the European Strategy and Policy Analysis System (ESPAS).[10]

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