EU Watch: Encouraging debate about EU values and efficiency.

About us

What drives EU Watch?


The European Union’s powers are formidable. The EU’s 447 million citizens, and the hundreds of millions of others interacting with the EU, have much of their lives framed daily by many detailed EU rules. The EU is thus much more than simply an economic club of benefits, it is an economic, social, cultural and political power. This power is evolving – usually growing – on a daily basis. The EU’s recent decision to allow itself to borrow on International Markets will allow the EU to finance even more growth in its activities and reach. It is therefore more important than ever that the EU stay true to its founding values, functions well and commands the firm support of its citizens, allies, neighbours and trading partners.

But this set of values need be internally coherent, and clearly comprehensible, and applied fairly, equally and efficiently. Inevitably for a dynamic and still young organization, this is not always the case. Sometimes, the EU fails to interpret and apply its own values fairly and equally. When this occurs, it stands accused of double standards, a lack of transparency or accountability, and worse.

EU Watch wants to defend against this. Trust and confidence in the EU are of paramount importance.

We want an EU that lives up to its own values and guiding principles, an institution that is a force for good in the world.

We want an EU that protects the interests of its own citizens.

We want an EU that functions well, for the benefit of all.


How we operate


To achieve this, we have formed EU Watch, a non-profit organisation registered in Belgium and headquartered in Brussels.

EU Watch aims to uphold and defend the values of the European Union. It will scrutinize if and how those values are applied in practice.

How? Not by lobbying or advocating particular policies, but by promoting understanding and debate about the values at stake in any given issue. Hopefully before policy is formed or acted upon.

We will gather relevant research and analysis, seek input from experts and people involved in the issue and then share the results with a wider audience.

Our first areas of activity concern how the EU’s own declared values and principles are being applied

  1. in the EU’s foreign and security policy
  2. towards its own member states (democracy, justice, the rule of law)
  3. with respect to digital policy and the rules for online platforms

These issues are fundamental to the future direction of the EU.

They will affect how much support the EU can attract and therefore how much weight it will have in world affairs.

Deviations from, or even violations of, the EU’s fundamental principles, laws and regulations must be prevented.

Citizens must rest assured that the EU:

  • always remains true to its own values
  • delivers to the best of its abilities
  • is transparent and accountable


Who we are


EU Watch was initiated by a group of concerned citizens from a variety of European countries. It is governed by a Board of Directors.

Founding members are from European Parliament member Helga Trüpel from Germany, businessman David Wollach from Switzerland, Prince Michel de Ligne from Belgium, Brent Isaacs from the UK and France, and German national Michael Thaidigsmann.

Michael is the executive director of EU Watch. Moreover, we have recruited Hélorie Duval from France, recent graduate in International Law who serves as project and research assistant.


Support Us


We are aware that EU Watch’s mission is ambitious. To do it properly will take significant manpower and other resources.

We need the help of people with knowledge, experience or influence.

We hope we can count on your support, too.


A union based on values and principles
  • Article 2 of the EU Treaty outlines the Union’s values and guiding principles. It states that the Union “is founded on the values of respect for human dignity, freedom, democracy, equality, the rule of law and respect for human rights, including the rights of persons belonging to minorities.”
  • Article 3 says that the Union’s aim is “to promote peace, its values and the well-being of its peoples.” It adds that the EU “shall offer its citizens an area of freedom, security and justicewithout internal frontiers, in which the free movement of persons is ensured in conjunction with appropriate measures with respect to external border controls, asylum, immigration and the prevention and combating of crime.”
  • Most important, Article 6 incorporates the Charter of Fundamental Rights into the Treaty. These rights “shall constitute general principles of the Union’s law.”

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