Since its creation in 1959, the IEP has been active in the education sector of European policy. Knowledge about the EU, based on research results, is imparted through:
Events, EU Approximation Trainings for Candidate Countries, Online Academies, Negotiation Training, and Simulations of European and International Issues.

The main focus is on cooperation with countries of Central, Eastern and South Eastern Europe. Special EU training programmes are developed and held on all aspects of the EU-acquis, inter alia as part of the German contribution to the Stability Pact for South Eastern Europe.