About the CER

The Centre for European Reform is a think-tank devoted to making the European Union work better and strengthening its role in the world. The CER is pro-European but not uncritical. We regard European integration as largely beneficial but recognise that in many respects the Union does not work well. We also think that the EU should take on more responsibilities globally, on issues ranging from climate change to security. The CER aims to promote an open, outward-looking and effective European Union.

Through our meetings, seminars and conferences, we bring together people from the worlds of politics and business, as well as other opinion-formers. Most of our events are by invitation only and off the record, to ensure a high level of debate.

The conclusions of our research and seminars are reflected in our publications, as well as in the private papers and briefings that senior officials, ministers and commissioners ask us to provide.

The CER is an independent, private not-for-profit organisation. We are not affiliated with any government, political party or European institution. Our work is funded by donations from the private sector. Our annual reports give a good idea of what we do.

The CER won best UK international affairs think-tank at the Prospect Think Tank Awards 2015.

In 2014, CER director Charles Grant was one of Bloomberg News’s 50 Most Influential list.

The CER won best UK international affairs think-tank at the Prospect Think Tank Awards 2013.


"The Centre for European Reform, by far the best of all EU think-tanks in London"
The Guardian

"A think-tank that manages to be both Atlanticist and Europhile"
The Economist

"A think-tank with an increasingly influential role in the shaping of official policy"
Financial Times