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Reasons and Origin

After 30 years of glacial progress in Europe, the Maastricht Treaty achieved the Europeanization of the idea of Europe. It took 15 more years to establish the current European institutional architecture. The Treaty implied the single national assumption of responsibility together with a workable compromise-based decision-making process. These outcomes should have been facilitated by the adoption of the common multinational currency and fiscal coordination. Instead, these two measures have reinforced Europe’s multiple and competitive national identities to the detriment of the envisaged political-economic community. The unforeseen risks and threats of globalization have impaired the illusions and the dreams of the pan-European project.


"The wise man does at once what the fool does finally"

(Niccolò Machiavelli).


The CIPI Foundation was established in Brussels, in 2005.


Initially, The CIPI Foundation aimed:

  • To assert the uniqueness of the European identity enshrined in the common cultural identities of Europe’s peoples and nations

  • To overcome the disadvantages of the semi-sovereignty of both the European Union and its nation-states in domestic and world affairs.


  • To promote a realistic and pragmatic view of the post-American Europe


  • To assist and support local and national communities, institutions and companies, to foster cooperation projects to develop concrete trans-border solidarity and to respond to people's real needs


  • To advise on national interest strategies and tactics to engage the European institutions

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