Towards a more comprehensive EU Approach to engage with political parties

Expert discussion under Chatham House rule

Political parties are key instruments in achieving power in a representative democracy. This is the main reason why governments and political elites in all countries are highly sensitive to the cooperation of foreign actors with political parties. Through political party cooperation programs, the EU and European stakeholders develop trusting and supportive relationships with future political leaders, irrespective of the ruling government and any potential political changes.


The Multinational Development Policy Dialogue of KAS in cooperation with the European Network of Political Foundations (ENoP) will start a series of dialogues in order to foster a more systematic exchange on strategies and approaches from political party cooperation based on peer-to-peer and multiparty approaches, including direct and indirect elements of cooperation. The main goals of the initiative are:


  • Supporting the conceptualisation of an EU strategy/approach to political party support and raise awareness/capacity in EU Delegations on the issue
  • Formulating clear recommendations for the EU approach to engage with political parties
  • Identifying current risks, shortcomings and bottlenecks in cooperating with political parties in different political contexts
  • Reflecting upon lesson learned of cooperation approaches and methodologies of working with political parties

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  • Henriette Geiger
    • Director
    • People and Peace
    • Directorate-General for International Cooperation and Development
    • European Commission
  • Helena Bjuremalm
    • Deputy Head of Democracy and Human Rights Division
    • Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA)
  • Lisbeth Pilegaard
    • Director
    • Danish Institute for Parties and Democracy (DIPD)
  • Laura Thornton
    • Director for Global Programme
    • International IDEA
  • Franziska Fislage
    • Desk Officer for International Party Dialogue
    • KAS

Denis Schrey

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Head of the Multinational Development Dialogue Brussels +32 2 66931 70 +32 2 66931 62

Carolin Löprich

Carolin Löprich

Programme Manager Democracy and Sustainable Development +32 2 66931 71 +32 2 66931 62