European Enterprise Institute

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European Enterprise Institute
founded in the year 2004
acronym EEI
City Brussels
Country Belgium
address Avenue des Gaulois 18 B-1040 Brussels
founder Peter Jungen
Networks European Ideas Network (EIN)
Virtual Networks A "Virtual Network" is a group of Think Tanks identified by certain semantic and normative (ideological) commonalities (e.g. climate change scepticism). Such a virtual network constitutes a research field that differs from the study of formal networks. Formal networks are real in the sense of officially acknowledged and immediately open to empirical validation. Virtual networks on the other hand display shared ideas. Social network analysis tools can be applied to find out if or to what extent virtual networks are real networks that display linkages (membership in networks, personnel, resources etc.). Unconnected think tanks in turn can be considered special cases in need of explanation independent from network structures (unless we have to assume invisible, hidden or covered ties). Austerity politics
Last revision 6.06.2020
Presence of Think Tank affiliates in the various fieldsWe try to capture where people affiliated with a Think Tank - affiliates are employees, members of the advisory and supervisory board etc. - are present: if they write in the media, teach in universities or work for another Think Tank. The chart down below shows in which fields the affiliates are present. Every presence is counted once.
People n = 1
Presences n = 8
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Think Tank,0 Business,0 Media,4 Politics,3 Academia,1 NGO,0 </pPie>

Kind of activities of Think Tank affiliatesWe try to capture where people affiliated with a Think Tank - affiliates are employees, members of the advisory and supervisory board etc. - are present: if they write in the media, teach in universities or work for another Think Tank. The chart down below shows which kind of activities the affiliates conduct. Every presence is counted once.
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Author,1 Leader (CEO etc.),3 Consultant,0 Editor,0 Interviewee,3 Member,1 Participant,0 Lecturer,0 Employee,0 </pPie>

The following coordinate was not recognized: 50.838515;4.395756.The following coordinate was not recognized: 50.838515;4.395756. From the self-presentation of the institute: "The European Enterprise Institute (EEI) is a non-profit, non-party affiliated organization, registered in Belgium. It aims to promote entrepreneurship in the EU policy community and to provide a platform for the ideas and philosophy of entrepreneurship throughout Europe. The EEI works to facilitate research, debate and positive political action in all areas of policy with impact on the conditions for entrepreneurship, incentives for innovation, competitiveness and economic prosperity. The EEI seeks to strengthen the network of likeminded think tanks and people and to foster the Euro-Atlantic dialogue."

During summer 2010 the website of the institute showed the following notice:

"Time out
Since the spring of 2010, after a period of high activity, the EEI has taken a time out from major activities - for various reasons, including funding. In October, Research Director Johnny Munkhammar was elected a Member of Parliament in Sweden. He will devote substantial efforts to the Swedish reform agenda and has thus chosen not to continue in the capacity of Research Director. Still, there is a demand for EEI activities and many people are in EEI networks. There is thus a potantial for the organisation to resume its work, in new forms. Contact person until then is EEI President Peter Jungen."
Now the content before of 2010 is presented anew, but the site lacks any reports on recent activities or publications.
The inactivity of the institute may be caused by election of Johnny Munkammar - organisator of its content-related work - as elector to the Rijksdag in 2010 and prolonged by his death at the early age of 38 in 2012.

Organizational Structure and Funding


Avenue des Gaulois 18 B-1040 Brussels


Executive board

People leading the Think Tank in the day to day business (CEOs, directorates etc.).

Advisory board

People advising the Think Tank (mainly in scientific questions)


Experts are not permanently employed at the Think Tank. They are paid for contract research when their expertise is needed. Some Think Tanks call a database of hundred or even more experts their own.


We used the DGs of the EU to generate a basic list of topics. This list is going to be steadily extended. However we try to preserve a persistent list of topics.

Semantic Fields

What we call here a semantic field is the idea to categorize think tanks in a two level system. The first levels are so called 'Virtual Networks' and the second are the semantic fields. Accordingly every semantic field entered here has to be attached to a virtual network. If you would like to follow a special phenomenon among think tanks please contact us and we are going to add a new virtual network. Semantic fields are topics that promote a virtual network. Lets take climate change as an example: 'climate change skeptics' is the virtual network and 'adaption instead of mitigation' would be one possible semantic field.

  • Reduction of public expenditures (Austerity Politics): reduction of public guaranteed or funded pension costs[1]


  1. The European Enterprise Policy Paper no. 3 "Will the Pension Time Bomb sink the Euro?"