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Centre for European Studies renamed in honour of its founder Wilfried Martens


11 Mar 2014


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The Centre for European Studies (CES), the official think tank and political foundation of the European People's Party (EPP), has been renamed in honour of its late President, Wilfried Martens. The Centre will now be called the 'Wilfried Martens Centre for European Studies'.
In conjunction with the name change, the Centre also changed its logo and can now be found online at  
During his presidency, Wilfried Martens was deeply committed to, and engaged in, the Centre's activities. His lifelong motto 'Thinking Europe' has guided the Centre since its inception in 2007. 'Wilfried Martens was the key driver in the development of the CES – now Martens Centre,’ said Tomi Huhtanen, director of the Centre. ‘The objectives of the Centre and the values it represents are inspired directly by him.’
During the EPP Congress plenary session on Thursday, the Centre's current President and former Prime Minister of Slovakia, Mikuláš Dzurinda, praised Wilfried Martens for his life's work: 'The European Union is today a stronger project thanks to his contribution and the Wilfried Martens Centre for European Studies will continue this work. […] the legacy lives on.'  
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For further information please contact José Luis Fontalba, head of communications (tel: + 32 2 300 80 16,
The Wilfried Martens Centre for European Studies is the political foundation and think tank of the European People's  Party (EPP), dedicated to the promotion of Christian Democrat, conservative and like-minded political values.


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