Centre for the New Europe

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The Centre for the New Europe (CNE) is a think tank based in Brussels, Belgium. Its hosts events for policymakers, parliamentarians and journalists, and publishes reports and books on a range of free market topics.

Founded in 1993 by a Belgian lawyer and a Belgian journalist after a meeting in the Hilton Hotel on the Toison d'Or in Brussels, it is very strongly pro-free-market, with a particular focus on the privatisation of health care. It is a member of the International Policy Network and regularly collaborates with other members of the Atlas Economic Research Foundation network. It is also a member of the Stockholm Network of European free-market think tanks.

The funding of the CNE is not transparent. It failed to answer a think tank survey by the Corporate Europe Observatory in 2005. However, the annual reports of Exxon Mobil reveal that CNE in 2003 and 2004 received $40,000 and $80,000 respectively for its "Global Climate Change Education Efforts".

"We find that support for liberal ideas--free trade, social tolerance, economic liberty--extends far beyond Europe's Liberal parties. Therefore, we back no party or programme. We find that liberalism has friends and enemies in every party. We hope to unite its friends and persuade its enemies." [1]



Academic Advisory Board

Contact information

Centre for the New Europe
Rue du Luxembourg 23
B-1000 BRUSSELS, Belgium
Phone: +32 2 506 40 00
Fax: +32 2 506 40 09
Web: http://www.cne.org/


For further information, see relevant Neocon Europe page Centre for the New Europe