General information and history
The European Forum for Democracy and Solidarity was founded in January 1993 by social democratic parties and political foundations from EU countries. The first few years were mainly spent on establishing contacts throughout Central and Eastern Europe, the development of relations and close cooperation and coordination with the Western European Foundations. In the following years the Forum expanded its activities. The network of contacts has reached the countries of Central, Eastern and South Eastern Europe, the Caucasus, and the Middle East and North Africa (MENA-region).
The European Forum is dedicated to support the transformation and democratisation processes in the above mentioned regions. By serving as a platform for cooperation between social democratic parties, organisations and personalities it aims to contribute to the development of (social) democracy. The European Forum informs the international social democratic movement on the political situation in the countries of Central, Eastern and South Eastern Europe, the Caucasus, and the MENA-region with an emphasis on the developments of social democracy. In addition, the European Forum coordinates projects in these countries.
The European Forum tries to analyse the situation in and learn and inform about certain countries, thereby improving knowledge and extending contacts. This information is published in Country Updates. The Country Updates are drafted by the project managers and interns, who bring the information up to date according to the political developments in various countries. The project managers are also responsible for the website and for the composition and distribution of the bi-monthly Newsflash.
A substantial part of the work of the European Forum comprises the coordination and cooperation with the Western European political foundations in Central, Eastern and South Eastern Europe, the Caucasus, and the MENA-region. The European Forum initiates assessments and projects in countries where social democracy is still weak. In practice this means that the Forum organises each year several large international conferences and some smaller scale assessment visits and seminars.