The Coudenhove-Kalergi Foundation was established on 15 September 1978 by the Pan-Europa Union – six years after the death of this great European thinker. On 20 February 2008 it was transformed into the European Society Coudenhove-Kalergi. It is an independent non-profit organization which draws its financial support from contributions from sponsors, donations and other forms of gifting.
The Pan-Europa Union defends and supports the idea of a united Europe through its members. The European Society Coudenhove-Kalergi’s aim is to promote a united Europe by extending awards to European celebrities and financing projects that serve the Pan-Europa idea; in its efforts it also utilizes the Europe archives from the Coudenhove-Kalergi estate.
The main objectives of the European Society Coudenhove-Kalergi are:
- To serve as a catalyst for publications and events that follow the Pan-Europa idea.
- To identify and support projects of studies about Europe in cooperation with other European institutions and organizations.
- To promote studies on the history, the development and future perspectives of a united Europe in collaboration with research institutes and universities.
- To attribute awards and scholarships to students who write and contribute to Coudenhove-Kalergi’s ideas and work for and about Europe.
- To work with the archives of Coudenhove-Kalergi by classifying, judging, actualizing and researching said archives, in particular those parts of the archives of the period 1922-1938 which had only been made accessible by their Russian owners since 1989
- To distribute a European award (European Price) to individuals who contributed to the development of Europe and to the improvement of freedom and unity on the continent by his or her outstanding actions, initiatives and publications.