The European Political Strategy Centre (EPSC) is the European Commission’s in-house think tank, established in November 2014 by European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, and operating directly under his authority1.Tasked with a mission to innovate and disrupt, the EPSC provides the President and the College of Commissioners with strategic, evidence-based analysis and forward-looking policy advice.
Among its responsibilities, the EPSC has a mandate to engage in foresight and anticipatory governance, spearheading the European Commission’s involvement in the European Strategy and Policy Analysis System (ESPAS) – the EU inter-institutional collaboration that aims to build preparedness for upcoming challenges and opportunities. The EPSC also seeks to facilitate communication and outreach with decision-makers, think tanks and civil society at large.
Under the leadership of Ann Mettler (Head)2, Paweł Świeboda (Deputy Head) and Mihnea Motoc (Deputy Head) – and powered by its highly versatile and experienced team – the EPSC provides a unique space within the European Commission for conducting interdisciplinary research, collaborative projects and organising thought-provoking seminars and events.
In January 2018, the EPSC was listed in the top ten global 'best government-affiliated think tanks' by the authoritative Think Tanks & Civil Societies Programme (TTCSP) of the University of Pennsylvania, in its prestigious ‘2017 Global Go To Think Tank Index’, which covers over 6,800 think tanks.