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Center for European Policy Studies

Founded in Brussels in 1983, CEPS is a leading think tank and forum for debate on EU affairs, with an exceptionally strong in-house research capacity and an extensive network of partner institutes throughout the world.

CEPS' commitment to institutional independence is rooted in the individual independence of its scholars. Therefore, CEPS does not take positions on issues. As an organisation, CEPS is committed...

• To carry out state-of-the-art policy research, addressing the challenges facing Europe.

• To achieve high standards of academic excellence and maintain unqualified independence and impartiality.

• To provide a forum for discussion among all stakeholders in the European policy process

• To build collaborative networks of researchers, policy-makers and business representatives across the whole of Europe

As one of the few Think Tanks in Brussels covering all European policy areas, we offer exchanges, provide insights on and potential solutions for EU policy making through...

• Research and Publications

• Events

• Flagship event since 2014 - CEPS Ideas Lab

Research Areas

Economy and Finance

The European Union used to be called the European Economic Community. The economy has thus always be at the heart of European Integration. This part of the house deals with those areas which have been and are likely to remain at the forefront of policy discussions, dealing with the key questions: what is the optimal design for fiscal and monetary policies in the euro area? How to create resilient financial markets, and make the Banking Union work? How can we improve our labour markets and provide Europeans with the skills to become more productive?

Regulation

Regulation is in many respects the EU’s core business. The CEPS Regulatory Policy Unit explores policy and regulatory challenges in the areas of better regulation, internal market, competition policy, trade and the digital economy. As regards the current EU Commission’s agenda, the unit’s activities focus on:

• The revision of EU impact assessment and ex post evaluation guidelines

• REFIT (Regulatory Fitness and Performance Programme)

• Trade policy and transnational regulatory cooperation (with high attention given to TTIP and CETA agreements)

• The development of the Digital Single Market

• The interplay between regulation, innovation and competition

Rights and Security

One of the key EU objectives of the Union is to build a common Area of Freedom, Security and Justice over the next years without internal frontiers and in full respect for fundamental rights. This Research Area examines the implications of EU Justice and Home Affairs policies on Rights, Security and Rule of law. Research covers issues related to migration, free movement, asylum, Schengen, fight against terrorism and crime, e-surveillance and privacy, as well as police and criminal justice cooperation.

Europe in the World

Today’s global system is characterised by an extremely high degree of fluidity in virtually all domains. This has various impacts on the actors operating on the world stage, both in terms of actual trends and policy-relevant challenges and opportunities.

Energy and Climate Change

The CEPS Energy and Climate Change unit investigates a broad spectrum of questions related to the Energy Union, i.e. to ensure secure, affordable and sustainable energy now and in the long term. The work is organised around 4 workstreams: energy, climate, resources, infrastructure & finance, with a particular focus on integrating these to address specific policy questions. Typically, the work combines policy relevant research with stakeholder consultation and outreach activities. The unit also acts as a ‘club’ for stakeholders, decision-makers and experts to discuss and analyse possible solutions to today’s energy and climate challenges and ways to effectively promote and implement these solutions.

Institutions

CEPS research programme on Institutions aims to provide sound analysis of the main institutional and political challenges facing the EU and to promote public debate on how best to address them. The unit has produced compelling publications on the reform of the EU institutions, the elections to the European Parliament, the composition of key committees in the 8th EP, EU economic governance, the role of national parliaments, the rotating Presidencies of the Council and the UK’s future in Europe.

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