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East and Southeast Europe

Some 25 years ago, the people of the East and Southeast Europe were still living under communist rule. After peaceful revolutions for freedom in the last decade of the previous century, many countries managed to build democracies and market economy-based systems in an impressively short period of time - a tremendous success of liberal principles. Our Foundation has supported democratization, the restructuring of economies and the growth of civil societies right from the beginning, through political consulting, dialogue, and education and training.

Today twelve countries from the region are members of NATO and eleven are members of the EU. The accessions did not mean that change stopped, but they were meant to give it a value-based context. But beneath the formally established systems of democracy and market economies, clear flaws in business, the rule of law, and open civil society remain visible, albeit in different forms. The Foundation's activities therefore concentrate on promoting the values and institutions of the EU as well as integrating regional partner organisations with the organisations of European liberalism.

Apart from the countries that have already joined the EU or are striving to do so, there are also countries that have made little progress on the path to democracy and the rule of law. In some cases a return to authoritarian structures may be seen. In these countries, the Foundation works - often under very difficult conditions - to strengthen the forces promoting freedom, human rights, democracy, and the market economy. Special attention is paid to cross-border dialogues aimed at conflict resolution and prevention. 

Supporting liberal parties and think tanks is a core focus of the Foundation's work in the region. Networking these organisations at the regional level is especially important. Doing so allows the organisations to exchange their experiences and jointly elaborate liberal reform concepts. 

Our regional website

Publications International Work

Please have a look at our publications published by the Liberal Institute in English language: Concepts of Liberty, Occasional Papers, Ideas on Liberty, Liberal Thinkers, Liberal Report. You can download Policy Papers concerning the regions we work in: Central, South East and East Europe (engl.) and in German language for Africa, Mediterranean countries, Latin America, South Asia, Southeast and East Asia, European Institutions and North America.


Overview: All publications in English language

Office East and Southeast Europe

51B, Bulgaria Blvd., Motopista II,
Sofia 1404, Bulgaria

Tel.: +359 (2) 969 601-0
Fax: +359 (2) 962 024-3
E-mail: soe@fnst.org

Website www.soe.fnst.org

Head: Dr. René Klaff


Office Turkey

Friedrich Naumann Vakfi
Cumhuriyet Cad. No. 107 Kat: 1
34437 Elmadag - Istanbul

Tel: +90(212) 219 725-3
Fax:+90(212) 219 706-3


Office Bulgaria, Macedonia, Romania und Moldova

Friedrich-Naumann-Stiftung für die Freiheit
Project office Sofia
51B, Bulgaria Blvd., Motopista II,
Sofia 1404, Bulgaria

Tel.: +359 (2) 969 603-0
Fax: +359 (2) 962 024-3
E-mail: sevdalina.sandeva@fnst.org

Project manager: Daniel Kaddik



Office Ukraine and Belarus

Friedrich-Naumann-Stiftung für die Freiheit
Project office Kiew
Vul. Volodymyrska 79, Office 31
01033 Kiew, Ukraine

Tel./Fax: +380 (44) 227 462-3

E-mail:  kiew@fnst.org
Website: www.ukraine.fnst.org 

Project manager: Miriam Kosmehl



Office Serbia, Montenegro, Kosovo, Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina und Croatia

Friedrich-Naumann-Stiftung für die Freiheit

Project office Belgrad

Bul. Kn. Aleksandra Karadjordjevica 13/A8

11000 Belgrad, Serbien

Tel./Fax: +381 (11) 306 682-4 

E-mail: westbalkan@fnst.org 

Website: www.westbalkan.fnst.org


Project manager: Charles du Vinage


Office Russia, Uzbekistan, Kyrggyzstan, Kazakhstan and Tajikistan

Friedrich-Naumann-Stiftung für die Freiheit

Business-Zentrum "Parus"

1-aja Tverskaja-Jamskaja 23, Gebäude 1

125047 Moskau, Russian Federation

Tel.: +7 (495) 956 102-9

         +7 (495) 232 653-0
Fax: +7 (495) 956 100-8

E-mail: julius.freytag@fnst.org

Project manager: Julius von Freytag-Loringhoven


Office Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia

Friedrich-Naumann-Stiftung für die Freiheit
Project office Tbilissi

Chovelidzestr. 10
0108 Tbilissi, Georgien

Tel./Fax: +995 (32) 250 594 

E-mail: suedkaukasus@fnst.org

Senior consultant: Dr. Jürgen D. Wickert