The Center for European Enlargement Studies (CENS), an independent Center of the Central European University, was founded in 2005 as an institution of advanced research into the EU enlargement process. Our overall goal is to promote a dialogue between member states and partners in Eastern- and Southern-Europe, academics and decision makers in the EU and in national governments so that they may have a more informed understanding of factors that influence Europe’s common future. Research carried out encompasses not only the enlargement process, but also a wider range of political, economic and social influences of European integration.