About us

OBCT is a think tank and a media specialised on South-East Europe, Turkey, Eastern Europe and the Caucasus and on the EU policies in the fields of media freedom, civil society, the enlargement and coesion.

Born in 2000 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: Plausible) 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 PapersMultimediaOur 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.




 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


The war legacies and the conflict transformation


A democratic and reflexive culture of remembrance


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.