The East-West Parliamentary Practice Project (EWPPP), headquartered in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, is a nonprofit, nonpartisan nongovernmental organization founded in 1990 as a joint initiative of the European Cultural Foundation (NL) and the Ford Foundation (US) with the aim of providing support for parliaments in the newly emerging democracies in Central/Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union.

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This is what we do

Since 1990, the EWPPP works with parliaments and civic organizations in countries throughout Eastern Europe, Western Balkans, Eurasia and North Africa to promote transparency and accountability in governance and civic participation in the democratic process.

EU Integration Process

We provide valuable expertise on the coordination and written communication with EU institutions during EU accession and integration processe. Previous enlargements have shown that together with the political and economic criteria, the Copenhagen criteria, it is the Madrid criterion, under which a new member must give a guarantee that it can implement and enforce the entire body of Community law in full, which is today posing a great challenge to candidate countries

Parliamentary Functions and Procedures

Extensive and comprehensive knowledge on the performance and role of parliament in a functioning democracy is one our main training proficiencies. The most important and pivotal parliamentary procedures contain certain rules and regulations that ensure that democracy functions flawlessly and good governance takes place in a fair and transparent manner.

Legislatures and Citizens

Citizen participation is a key component in policy decision-making. Poverty, lack of education and insufficient mechanisms to incorporate citizen participation pose big challenges in countries in transition. Transparency and accountability are not attainable unless citizens participate in the decision-making process.


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Area of expertise

Our area of expertise includes effective parliamentary oversight of budget and public finances, pre-accession process and EU integration, drafting of bills as well as the rules of procedure.
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Regional conferences

Regional conferences include participation of all regional actors, MPs and civil society, on matters of mutual interest.

Parliamentary workshops

Specific trainings with the participation of EU experts and MPs in order to gain another practical perspective on the issues.

Working Visits

Exchange visits of non-partisan parliamentary delegation to a target country include meetings with representative of all branches of government, civil society actors as well as opinion-makers. Both informal and formal aspects of such visits are essential to its success.


Since 1990, the EWPPP has worked with parliaments and local civic organizations in over 25 countries throughout Eastern/South-eastern Europe, Eurasia, and North Africa to strengthen parliamentary democracy and promote transparency and accountability in governance.