CESS’s core-business is capacity-building in good governance. We do so through training for civil servants, parliamentary staff and civil society representatives, including media; through coaching of parliamentarians; and training-of-trainers. CESS also produces policy-oriented research on European external policies and on democratic reform processes in the Western Balkans, Eastern Europe and Central Asia. In several of our projects research lies at the basis of tailored capacity-building, while in-turn, the evaluation of capacity-building informs our research.

19 February 1946 – 19 December 2022

It is with great sadness that we learned that our founding director and chairman of the CESS board, Peter Volten, has passed away. He leaves behind his loving wife Karin, their children, and grandchildren. Debating European security and promoting democracy in governing security stood central in Peter Volten’s efforts. His initiative and vision are the foundation of CESS and inspire us to continue the work he has laid out for us. CESS staff and board members will greatly miss Peter.

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