By Marten Kooistra, President of the European Student Think Tank.2014-2015

Dear readers, followers and supporters,

For the past year, it has been my pleasure to lead the European Student Think Tank as its president. With my term, and that of our board, coming to an end, we can look back at a year in which the EST made some incredible progress.

We have launched both the first and second edition of the European Policy Review, our very own peer-reviewed academic journal. We also published our very first homegrown academic content in form of a working group report with an extensive and in-depth analysis on asymmetric immigration in Europe.

Furthermore, we established our presence in Brussels, most notably via our friends at Bruegel, one of the most influential think tanks for European policy. With the expansion of our ambassador’s network, we also made sure that we enlarged our presence in the European continent as a whole. As if that wasn’t enough, we moved to a completely new and more beautiful website, on which we can showcase our projects much more effectively.

All these achievements started out as challenges, and I am proud to say that we have taken up these challenges and managed to overcome them. However, when being that busy, a year turns into a short period of time, too little time to realise all our ideas. However, I can say with full conviction that we succeeded in making the EST a better and brighter organisation.

I want to extend my thanks to all those who joined me in working here at the European Student Think Tank. Not only my fellow board members, but also the ambassadors, editors and writers that have supported the EST in a myriad of ways.

Lastly, I am happy to say that we have found a promising team to pick up where we left off. We all wish the new board all the best for the coming year. We can hardly wait too see what the new team will make of it!

Yours sincerely,

Marten Kooistra

President of the European Student Think Tank, 2014-2015

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