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The Compagnia di San Paolo is one of the largest independent foundations in Europe and one of the main private funders of research in the fields of EU affairs and international relations. Over the past few years, the Compagnia has progressively consolidated its profile in these fields, signing strategic partnership agreements with institutions such as the German Marshall Fund of the United States and the Istituto Affari Internazionali. Our overall goal is to foster a truly European debate on the main issues the EU faces and to encourage the emergence of a European political space.

It is against this background and as part of the Compagnia’s commitment to support research on the European integration process, that we continued the co-operation with the European Council on Foreign Relations on the fourth edition of the European Foreign Policy Scorecard. We highly appreciate this co-operation with ECFR and we sincerely hope that this project will intensify the dialogue among various European stakeholders - both institutional and from the civil society - with the goal of strengthening our understanding of Europe’s role as a global player.

Piero Gastaldo

Secretary General
Compagnia di San Paolo