• Our Work

    Following the end of the East-West conflict and the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991 the Friedrich Ebert Foundation has followed and supported on various levels the transition processes in the once Soviet Republics Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. In order to intensify its work in the Baltic States, it opened in 1993/1994 foreign offices first in the capitals of Estonia and Latvia, Riga and Tallinn. A year later an office opened its doors in Vilnius, Lithuania.

    With the collapse of the world of the communist countries, the framework conditions of the Foundation for political activities abroad changed fundamentally. Next to trust building measures, once of pivotal importance for the relaxing policies of the 1980s, there appeared other essential targets, such as support for the emerging civil society and demand for participation in political happenings. Since 1 May 2004, when the Baltic States joined the European Union, cooperation and dialogue with the other European member countries have come to the foreground even more forcibly. This dialogue is focusing on subjects of special relevance to the three countries in transition, such as regional cooperation in the Baltic Sea region, the demand for a common European energy policy and support for the implementation of a European economic and social model.

    Key points of our work in the Baltic States:

    - Civil society
    - Regional and local development
    - Sustainable development
    - Social security and social dialogue
    - European neighbour and security policy
    - Human rights

    The decision which programme to implement and its related implementations is taken in each of the Baltic states independently by its local office. Coordination of the three offices is carried out in Riga, where the headquarters of the Friedrich Ebert Foundation in the Baltic states is located.