Robert Schuman Institute

The Union of the Robert Schuman Institute for Developing Democracy in Central and Eastern Europe (short: Robert Schuman Institute, RSI) is the European level training institution of the European People’s Political Party , based in Budapest, Hungary. It was founded in 1995 as the successor of the Christian Democratic Academy for Central and Eastern Europe. The members of the union are political parties, organizations and foundations, and political and civic education.

The institute is named after Robert Schuman , a French Christian-Democratic politician, who is also one of the “founding fathers” today’s European Union .

The founding organizations of RSI

The RSI was founded by: [1]

  • European Union of Christian Democrats
  • The Robert Schuman Foundation Luxembourg
  • The Foundation for European Studies
  • The European People’s Party / Christian Democrats (EPP)
  • Center for Political, Economic and Social Studies (CEPESS), Belgium
  • Christian Democratic People’s Party (KDNP), Hungary
  • Foundation of European Studies, international organization
  • Robert Schuman Foundation, Luxemburg
  • Haza és Haladás Foundation, Hungary
  • Hungarian Democratic Forum (MDF), Hungary
  • István Barankovics Foundation, Hungary
  • Lajos Batthyány Foundation, Hungary
  • Lakitelek Foundation, Hungary
  • Partido Popular , Spain
  • European People’s Party, international organization
  • Unio Democratica from Catalunya , Spain


The RSI’s mission is: [2]

  • Promoting the idea of ​​a united Europe, the basic values ​​of the EPP and Christian Democracy
  • Supporting the process of democratic transformation and the development of civil societies in Central, Eastern and South Eastern Europe
  • Contributing to the development of the EPP sister and co-operating parties by education and training
  • Facilitating the information for EU members, accession countries and neighbouring European states
  • Building up a cross-border network based on shared values ​​and political orientation

Members of the Union Robert Schuman Institute

European People’s Party (EPP) US
Robert Schuman Foundation (RSF) luxembourg
Politische Akademie der ÖVP (PolAk) austria
Foundation for a Civic Hungary (SZPMA) hungary
Christen Democratisch Appél , (CDA) The Netherlands
Kristdemokraterna sweden
Robert Schuman Foundation, (FRS) la France
Youth of the European People’s Party (YEPP) US
European Union of Christian Democratic Workers (EUCDW) US
European Democrat Students , (EDS) US
European Senior Citizens’ Union (ESU) US
Europaisches Zentrum für Arbeitnehmerfragen (EZA) Germany
Democratic Alliance of Hungarians in Romania , (RMDSZ) romania
Partido Popular (PP) spain
Christen-Demokratisch in Vlaams (CD & V) belgium
Croatian Democratic Union of BiH (HDZ BiH) Bosnia and Herzegovina
Union of Democratic Forces (UDF) bulgaria
Christian and Democratic Union – Czechoslovak People’s Party (KDU-CSL) Czech Republic
Isamaaliit, Pro Patria Union estonia
Nea Demokratia (ND) greece
MCL – Movimento Cristiano Lavoratori italy
Pavel Shatev Institute Macedonia
Kristelig Volkeparti (KrF) norway
Party of the Hungarian Community (MKP) Slovakia
Christian Democratic Movement, (KDH) Slovakia
Nova Slovenija (NSi) slovenia
Slovenian Democratic Party (SDS) slovenia
Democratic Alliance Ukraine


  1. Jump up^ Robert Schuman Institute Yearbook, 1996 (Robert Shuman Institute for Developing in Central and Eastern Europe, 1997), page 15
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