The office, located in the middle of the European Quarter of the Belgian capital, serves as a representative office for three Frankfurt partner institutions since the beginning of 2020: the Leibniz Institute for Financial Research SAFE, Goethe University, and Frankfurt University of Applied Sciences use the premises in the Hessian State Representation in Brussels to establish contacts on site with European organizations and network with politics, businesses and the European civil society. SAFE, then funded by the Hessian research funding program LOEWE, has been using the office since 2013 to represent its interests and provide a basis for events in Brussels. An additional office, later the office shared with SAFE, also served the Goethe University as a representation of interests for the university and as a service facility for its researchers as well as for the university management and its cooperation partners.
Professor Jan Pieter Krahnen, Director of the Leibniz Institute for Financial Research SAFE, explains: "As a Frankfurt scientific institution with a European research program, for some time, SAFE has been cultivating an exchange with political decision-makers in Brussels on key research topics relating to banking and capital market development. We are looking forward to effectively deepening this exchange with the partner institutions in order to contribute to the European monetary and financial market policy in the best possible way."
Professor Birgitta Wolff, President of the Goethe University, commented: "It is great that we can bundle our strengths as three Frankfurt science institutions now as well in Brussels. What we are increasingly succeeding in Frankfurt, we want to intensify in Brussels as well: to push forward networks and projects.”
Professor Frank E.P. Dievernich, President of Frankfurt University of Applied Science, comments: "The topic of Europe is central to us as Frankfurt University of Applied Sciences, as it is the guarantor of our democracy. We took a clear position on Europe directly with the Center for Applied European Studies. We are also currently working on a renewal of study and research with the European university network Urban Research and Education Knowledge Alliance (U!REKA). It is only logical that we are now also present in Brussels.”
News published by the Goethe University.