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Freedom, justice and solidarity are the basic principles underlying the work of the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS). The KAS is a political foundation, closely associated with the Christian Democratic Union of Germany (CDU). As co-founder of the CDU and the first Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany, Konrad Adenauer (1876-1967) united Christian-social, conservative and liberal traditions. His name is synonymous with the democratic reconstruction of Germany, the firm alignment of foreign policy with the trans-Atlantic community of values, the vision of a unified Europe and an orientation towards the social market economy. His intellectual heritage continues to serve both as our aim as well as our obligation today.
In our European and international cooperation efforts we work for people to be able to live self-determined lives in freedom and dignity. We make a contribution underpinned by values to helping Germany meet its growing responsibilities throughout the world.
We encourage people to lend a hand in shaping the future along these lines. With more than 70 offices abroad and projects in over 120 countries, we make a unique contribution to the promotion of democracy, the rule of law and a social market economy. To foster peace and freedom we encourage a continuous dialog at the national and international levels as well as the exchange between cultures and religions.
Human beings in their distinctive dignity and with their rights and responsibilities are at the heart of our work. We are guided by the conviction that human beings are the starting point in the effort to bring about social justice and democratic freedom while promoting sustainable economic activity. By bringing people together who embrace their responsibilities in society, we develop active networks in the political and economic spheres as well as in society itself. The guidance we provide on the basis of our political know-how and knowledge helps to shape the globalization process along more socially equitable, ecologically sustainable and economically efficient lines.
We cooperate with governmental institutions, political parties, civil society organizations and handpicked elites, building strong partnerships along the way. In particular we seek to intensify political cooperation in the area of development cooperation at the national and international levels on the foundations of our objectives and values. Together with our partners we make a contribution to the creation of an international order that enables every country to develop in freedom and under its own responsibility.
The focus of Konrad Adenauer Foundation in the Baltic States:
With our consulting and education projects in the Baltic States we contribute to education and further training of leaders and members of parliament as well as to party system stabilization. Moreover, even after Baltic States accession to the EU and NATO we encourage the information exchange about political goals and institutions within the Euro-Atlantic structures. It includes strengthen our local partners to enable to develop the own initiative and to contribute in the EU’s and NATO’s foreign and security policy dialogue in securing the external Eastern European border.
Furthermore we contribute in transferring the experience gained in building democratic and constitutional structures of the Baltic States under the “democracy export” principle to the neighboring countries. The main focus we put at this process is public relations and networking to and between politicians, decision-makers as well as consulting institutes and education institutions.
Detailed information about projects, events and publications of Konrad Adenauer Foundation in the Baltic States you will find in the specific categories of our homepage. For your further questions we are anytime at your disposal.