The Institute of Europe was established in 1987 at the USSR Academy of Sciences. The task of the new institution was to increase the level and complexity of scientific research on the political, economic, social and other problems of modern Europe. The formation of the new academic center was dictated by the need for scientific understanding of the profound changes taking place in Europe, the presence of a wide request from the state bodies and the public for a professional assessment of their consequences and prospects. Founded and led the Institute for over a decade now Honorary Director, Academician of the Russian Academy of Sciences Vitaliy Vladimirovich Zhurkin. From 1999 to January 2014, the Institute was headed by a prominent economist, outstanding public figure and writer, academician of the Russian Academy of Sciences Nikolai Petrovich Shmelev. Currently, the post of director is held by Doctor of Political Sciences Aleksey Anatolyevich Gromyko.
Cooperation has been ongoing since 2016. There is a signed cooperation agreement. On the site of the Institute of Europe of the Russian Academy of Sciences, various research events are regularly held - conferences, seminars, etc.