The third phase of the project European Resource for Mediation Support (ERMES III) was awarded to a consortium of organizations led by the world’s leading academic institute for the study of European affairs, the College of Europe.
The College of Europe is a postgraduate institute that enables university graduates from all over Europe to study, train and live together, and fully prepare for careers of cooperation and integration in Europe.
Apart from the College of Europe, the consortium includes other organizations that specialize in the field of mediation and dialogue, such as European Center for Electoral Support (ECES), ESSEC Business School, Fondation Hindorelle, Interpeace, and mediatEUr.
The primary goal of ERMES III is to encourage and enable support of the European Union to third parties that are engaged in the international, regional and local processes of inclusive mediation and dialogue. It facilitates that support by providing professional training and technical assistance, as well as by organizing various seminars and meetings, among other things.
Given the fact that the first two phases of ERMES were very successful, the third phase aims to provide the EU with the necessary tools for effectively achieving the objectives of mediation and dialogue, making sure it works with technical experts and has the best support for all the peace and dialogue processes.
The ERMES project, funded by the EU, will last three years and it will be supervised by the Service for Foreign Policy Instruments of the European Commission and the Mediation Support Team of the European External Action Services.