New Direction
Founded by Margaret Thatcher in 2009 as the intellectual hub of European Conservativism, New Direction has established academic networks across Europe and research partnerships throughout the world.

I am honoured to serve as President of New Direction, the political foundation leading the debate on European reform.

2020 marks a decade of ground-breaking research, in which the Foundation has shaped not only the political discussion in Europe but also the direction of the conservative movement around the world. We have produced more than two hundred reports and policy briefs, and hosted over a hundred conferences and seminars - and we have been honoured to have politicians, government ministers, advisers, academics, business leaders and journalists: participate and contribute.

In the coming years we will continue to offer further ideas for European reform and promote our message of change rooted in individual freedom and liberty for all Europeans. We will continue to champion the goals of the wider Conservative family and protect the values set out in the Prague and Reykjavik Declaration.

I would like to also pay tribute to New Direction’s Board: Rafaele Fitto (Italy), Karol Karski (Poland), Ruža Tomašić (Croatia), Valdemar Tomaševski (Lithuania), Aguilar Mazaly (Spain), Roberts Zile (Latvia) and Angel Dzhambazki (Bulgaria), and of course, none of our work would be possible without the effective leadership and excellent management by the Foundation’s Executive Director, Witold de Chevilly.

On behalf of all the New Direction team, thank you for your support and contributions. Our foundation is building the intellectual case for a popular Conservative movement, and we hope you will join us in our ambitious goal.

Yours truly,

Tomasz Poreba MEP







Sofia, Bulgaria

Western Balkans Summit 2020

11-13 October 2020