Located at Central European University in Budapest, the Center for EU Enlargement Studies is dedicated to making recent and upcoming enlargements work, by contributing to the debate on the future of the EU and by exploring the results and lessons of previous EU enlargements. Research activities, however, are not limited only to the analysis of previous enlargements, but also to the potential effects that a wider extension of the EU’s sphere of influence may have on bordering regions. The center will disseminate its research findings and conclusions through publications and events such as conferences and public lectures. It will serve as an international forum for discussing the road that lies ahead for Europe, and hopes to serve preparations for any coming accession by providing thorough analyses of pertinent topics. The center plans to provide policy advice addressed to the governments of countries in Europe and its larger neighborhood, as well as to keep decision-makers in the European Parliament, the EU Commission, the Economic and Social Committee, the Committee of the Regions and other EU organs informed. It further wishes to achieve and maintain high academic excellence in all its research endeavors.