The Centre was established in 1990 as a public institution financed from the central administration budget. The status of a state legal person it has held since 2012 was granted to it on the basis of the act of July 2011. In line with the act the Centre’s main task is to compile information on significant events and political, social and economic processes taking place in Poland’s international surrounding and make it available to Poland’s state authorities, prepare analyses, expert opinions and forecast studies. The Centre employs around 50 analysts. The Centre’s basic activity is fully funded from public resources.