The European Strategic Partnerships Observatory (ESPO) is a policy-oriented, web-based and networked platform. It aims to provide information, analysis and debate on the EU’s relations with a selected range of key global and regional partners. The purpose is to monitor the evolution of the EU’s strategic partnerships, collect the wealth of currently dispersed information, data and research in a reference database, and provide a regular stream of timely, tailor-made analyses from experts in Europe and beyond.
ESPO encompasses the scrutiny of the evolution of individual partnerships and a cross-cutting overview of important policy issues relevant to all or many of them, such as the global economic crisis, climate change, and security affairs. This comparative dimension permits the identification of the policy priorities that the EU pursues across different partnerships, thereby supporting the analysis of EU foreign policy at large and of the ability of the Union to connect bilateral means and multilateral ends.
FRIDE and the Egmont Institute launched ESPO in 2012. The project is kindly supported by the Federal Foreign Office of Germany and the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland. ESPO is led by Giovanni Grevi and Thomas Renard.