EnTrust – Enlightened Trust in Governance

EnTrust is a multidisciplinary and international research project dedicated to provide novel insights into trust and distrust in governance and measures to support sustainable and democratic societies in Europe. It consists of a consortium of seven research

teams from the Czech Republic, Denmark, Germany, Greece, Italy, Poland and Serbia with expertise in sociology, psychology, political science, media and communication studies, as well as a civil society practitioner active at the EU level.


On 10th  January 2024, the EnTrust project’s Research and Final conferences brought together around 100 people in the European Parliament, including academics, researchers, members of the European Parliament and Commission, civil society, and students. The focus of the conferences was on the issue of trust and distrust in governance. As the EnTrust project is approaching […]

Watch our EnTrust VIDEO TEASER! The EnTrust project produced a series of documentary videos to highlight main findings and give a voice to various research participants. Through our research, we have uncovered some fascinating insights into the forms, determinants and consequences of trust and distrust in governance. In these videos, we wish to share our […]

Publication of results: Meet the winners of EnTrust’s creative contest!  ‘A Europe we Trust: Visions of European youth’ is a contest that called on young people aged 13-19 living in Europe to share their visions for the future of Europe in a creative format. After receiving 60 submissions from all over Europe and reviewing them […]


After four years, the project is coming to an end, and the consortium presented the findings of research on trust and distrust in governance in two events: The research conference of the EnTrust project, organised in collaboration with the Partnership Team of the European Parliament, was dedicated to the question of how trust in governance […]

Trust and Distrust in Governance: Exploring the Impact of Social and Political Dynamics International Conference organised by the EU-funded EnTrust project September 28-29, 2023 – University of Siena, Italy Find the updated conference programme here. Trust in governance is considered a pivotal element for democracy. In light of multiple and interrelated crises of recent years […]

Tracing (Dis)Trust in the Run Up to the European Elections: Adult and Youth Attitudes towards Governments and Institutions 28 June 2023 | 10:30 – 12:00 CET | Online Join us for this roundtable discussion that delves into the attitudes of youth and adults towards governments and institutions at different levels of governance, with a specific […]