EUISS - European Union Institute for Security Studies

Director: Antonio Missiroli


EuroMeSCo "liaison officer": Florence Gaub

General Statement

The European Union Institute for Security Studies (EUISS) is the Union’s agency dealing with the analysis of foreign, security and defence policy issues.

The Institute became an autonomous agency of the EU in January 2002, under the Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP), to foster a common security culture for the EU, support the elaboration and projection of its foreign policy, and enrich the strategic debate inside and outside Europe. Based in Paris, with a Liaison Office in Brussels, the EUISS is now an integral part of the new structures that underpin the further development of the CFSP/CSDP.

The Institute’s core mission is to provide analyses and fora for discussion that can be of use and relevance to the formulation of EU policy. In carrying out that mission, it also acts as an interface between European experts and decision-makers at all levels.

The Institute is funded by EU member states according to a ­GNI-based formula. It is governed by a Board, which lays down its budgetary and administrative rules and approves its work programme. The Political and Security Committee (PSC) exercises political supervision — without prejudice to the intellectual independence and operational autonomy of the EUISS.

Areas of work
The EUISS contributes to the development of the CFSP by performing three functions:
• Research and debate on the major security and defence issues that are of relevance to the EU;
• Forward-looking analysis for the Union’s Council and High Representative;
• Development of a transatlantic dialogue on all security issues with the countries of Europe, Canada and the United States.


The EUISS regularly releases publications on the topics and regions at the core of its work. The flagship publication of the EUISS is its series of Chaillot Papers, which are based on focused, in-depth research. The EUISS also publishes a Yearbook (YES) collecting facts and figures. Targeted Reports, shorter Briefs and Alerts are produced on a regular basis.


Practical information

European Union Institute for Security Studies

100, avenue de Suffren

75015 Paris

Phone.:  +33 1 56 89 19 30




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