European Resources for Mediation Support (ERMES III)


ECES is very proud to announce that the 3rd phase of the project “European Resource for Mediation Support" (ERMES III) was awarded to a consortium of organizations led by the College of Europe (CoE) of which ECES is part.


The College of Europe has been the world’s first institute of postgraduate studies and training in European affairs. It was founded in 1949 by leading European figures such as Salvador De Madariaga, Winston Churchill, Paul Henri Spaak and Alcide De Gasperi. Their idea was to establish an institution where university graduates from many different European countries could study and live together in preparation for careers related to European cooperation and integration. It is today certainly the world’s leading academic institute for the study of European affairs.


The Consortium also includes other important organisations specialized in mediation and dialogue such as MediatEUr, ESSEC Business School, Fondation Hirondelle, and Interpeace.


The project will be implemented under the supervision of the Service for Foreign Policy Instruments of the European Commission and in close consultation with the Mediation Support Team of the European External Action Services which will ensure the political steer. 


The ECES focal point for this project is Victoria Florinder while Carlotta Ferrero and Jose Lambiza are the two main key experts who will manage the project and who have been seconded from ECES to the College of Europe. The ERMES III project office will be within ECES premises in Avenue Louise 209/A, Brussels.


Since its first edition, ERMES project has proven to be an extremely useful tool for the EU’s role in mediation and dialogue. The overall objective of ERMES III is to facilitate the EU’s support to third party engaged in inclusive peace mediation and dialogue processes at the international, regional or local levels, by inter alia providing technical assistance and training, and organising meetings and seminars.


This action aims to build on the successful experiences of the "ERMES I” and "ERMES II” and provide a tool for the EU to advance its objectives and role in the field of mediation and dialogue. ERMES has been successful in meeting the need of providing experts in the context of changing timelines and under very short notice, proving its level of flexibility and responsiveness both in the selection and mobilization of experts as well as in providing various logistical and administrative support tasks.


Our Consortium will enact a variety of activities on behalf of ERMES III, such as the deployment of technical experts whose knowledge covers a wide range of geographic and thematic issues. These experts would be available for deployment on very short notice in the context of peace or dialogue processes. The project will also be able to provide technical assistance to deliver trainings, organize large events, carry out studies and analysis and implement operational support for any peace and dialogue process.


ECES looks forward to implementing these activities jointly with the Consortium led by the College of Europe and furthering our relationship with the EU both at HQ and in the field.