OBC Transeuropa is a think tank focused on South-East Europe, Turkey and the Caucasus which was launched in the year 2000. Over time, OBC Transeuropa expanded its scope and now reports on the socio-political and cultural developments of six EU member states, of seven countries taking part in the EU Enlargement process, and much of post-communist Europe, which is included in the European Neighborhood Policy (ENP).
Born to provide a forum for knowledge-sharing and dialogue among civil society organizations working for the EU integration of SEE, OBC Transeuropa is committed to strengthening the European project by supporting transnational relations and exploring issues which are crucial for the EU democracy.
To achieve its mission, OBC Transeuropa developed a multi-sectoral participatory strategy that combines online journalism, research, training, knowledge dissemination and policy advice. OBC Transeuropa is crossmedia, multi-lingual and transnational so as to stimulate bottom-up exchanges at the European level. Its targets are: CSOs, journalists, students and researchers, policy-makers, business, migrants, and the general public.
From its base in Trento, Italy, OBC Transeuropa monitors 26 countries, regions and de facto states in collaboration with over 50 correspondents, including journalists, researchers, and activists, in the field. It publishes online news, analyses and multimedia features on a daily basis. OBC Transeuropa's website hosts an open archive of 10,000 articles and multimedia features and draws an average of 150.000 pageviews (Source: Google Analytics) monthly.
Building on its monitoring and reporting activities, OBC Transeuropa pursues research on key issues which it publishes in papers and books and explores in documentaries. OBC Transeuropa circulates these publications and productions for public discussion via its website, through social media and at seminars, conferences, hangouts and online debates. These public events also give experts and decision-makers an opportunity to interface with civil society. OBC Transeuropa also uses crowd-sourcing and social media to complement the research undertaken.
Through this work, OBC Transeuropa aims to increase knowledge-sharing about and among countries in Europe which, 30 years after the end of the Cold War, are little-known - and which know little about each other - thus easing the East-West divide in contributions to European identity.
With its publications, OBC Transeuropa addresses the scientific community and, with its policy papers, it targets local, national and EU policy-makers. Moreover, OBC Transeuropa produces audiovisual material and educational kits and it holds workshops in schools and universities.
To maximise the awareness raising effort, OBC Transeuropa works on a wide dissemination activity that includes TV co-productions and hundreds of earned media every year. All OBC Transeuropa papers, products, as well as the records of public events can be found in the Papers, Multimedia, Our Products, and OBC Transeuropa Events sections of the website. OBC Transeuropa distributes all of its content with a Creative Commons license and employs open source technologies.
A CITIZENS’ EUROPE
Participation, civic engagement, social movements, transnational public spheres
Cross-border activism, migration and cultures
Human rights, minorities, gender issues and welfare
Voices of independent journalists
WAR AND PEACE
The war legacies and the conflict transformation
A democratic and reflexive culture of remembrance
THE EAST-WEST DIVIDE
European identities and EU policy-making after the cold war
Films, literature, music, art, and tourism
NGOs, decentralized cooperation, solidarity, grass-root initiatives
Overcoming war legacies and the integration of European societies
The ENP and international relations in the Black Sea and the Mediterranean
Administrative decentralisation, agriculture, rural and environmental issues
OBC Transeuropa is an operational unit of the International Cooperation Centre. It is sponsored by the Department for Development Cooperation of the Autonomous Province of Trento, the Municipality of Rovereto and Trento in Italy.
OBCT has a partnership agreement with the European Parliament and it carries out projects co-funded by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the European Union, private foundations and European public and private bodies.