The European Exchange ("Europäischer Austausch gGmbH") was founded in Berlin in 2005 and has since been committed to the democratic development of Europe and its neighbourhood.
We are committed to peace, pluralism, open societies and respect for human and civil rights throughout our continent. The essential prerequisites for these goals are strong political institutions, free elections and governments controlled by their citizens.
The main activities of the European Exchange are strengthening civil society and controlling state action. With a special focus on Eastern Europe and Ukraine, we are committed to the long-term networking of civilian actors across national borders. Through capacity building, political education and advocacy in the European institutions, we aim to strengthen the concerns of Europe's civil society on a long-term basis.
The European Exchange holds the secretariats of two international platforms for civil society cooperation: the European Platform for Democratic Elections (EPDE), an association of European civil society election observation organizations, and the KYIV DIALOGUE, an independent German-Ukrainian project association.
Since 2019, the European Exchange furthermore implements the Initiative Quorum, which seeks to strengthen the participation of Russian speaking citizens in Germany's political processes.