Europa Grande is a non-profit association founded in 2001 with the mission of promoting European Union enlargement in order to achieve an ever closer union amongst the peoples of Europe. The main idea behind this was that expanding the customs union could increase the benefits of trade creation while reducing the costs of trade diversion.
When it was created, the EU had 15 member states, a number which has almost doubled ever since. The EU has also signed association and trade agreements with many important nations and trading blocs around the world, and is constantly negotiating new ones. The EU is also increasing its international presence in the framework of its Common Foreign and Security Policy. Besides enlargement of EU membership, Europa Grande supports any initiatives that can expand the global reach of the Union to the benefit of its citizens.
The association is officially registered by the National Registry of Associations of the Spanish ministry of the interior under the category of "arts, humanities and social sciences". Its activities include the sponsorship of teaching, debate and research activities, such as public lectures, summer courses, scientific meetings, and publications, as well as any other activities deemed appropriate to further the objectives of the association.