History of the Pan-European Institute

Pan-European Institute (PEI) was founded in 1998 as a merger of two institutes: Institute for East-West Trade (est. 1987) and Institute for European Studies (est. 1989). Institute for East-West Trade studied East-West economic relations and socialist economies. Correspondingly, Institute for European Studies aided with its activities and reports Finland's accession to the European Union. The merging of the two institutes reflected the profound changes in Eastern Europe and Finland's EU membership a few years earlier.

Since the beginning of its foundation, the Institute has specialised in analysing economic development in Central Eastern Europe and the former USSR. Russia and particularly her external economic relations have played a key role in the activities of the PEI throughout the existence of the Institute.

PEI continues the academic tradition of these institutes by conducting research, providing education and carrying out EU-funded projects in the geographical scope of "Wider Europe". Professor Kari Liuhto became Director of the Institute in September 2003.

PEI encourages discussion of topical issues in Northern Europe and the Baltic Sea Region in particular on the pages of the Baltic Rim Economies (BRE) review, which has already received more than 2 200 high profile expert articles. 

Some milestones:

2017 30th Anniversary Seminar: Russian Enigma

​​2014 Gaidar Readings, IV Finland-Belarus Business Forum

​2012 25th Anniversary Seminar: The Baltic Sea Region 2025

2003 Prof. Kari Liuhto invited from Lappeenranta University of Technology to act as Professor of International Business at the Turku School of Economics and Director of PEI

​1998 Pan-European Institute established

1993 Institute for European Studies started its operations under the leadership of Esko Antola

1987 Institute for East-West Trade founded under the leadership of Professor Urpo Kivikari​