Moving fast forward into 2015
A note from the Chief Executive on the CEPS agenda for the coming year
Founded in Brussels in 1983, the Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS) is among the most experienced and authoritative think tanks operating in the European Union today. CEPS serves as a leading forum for debate on EU affairs, but its most distinguishing feature lies in its strong in-house research capacity, complemented by an extensive network of partner institutes throughout the world.
CEPS’ funding is obtained from a variety of sources, including membership fees, project research, foundation grants, conferences fees, publication sales and an annual grant from the European Commission.
- To carry out state-of-the-art policy research leading to solutions to the challenges facing Europe
- To achieve high standards of academic excellence and maintain unqualified independence.
- 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.
- To disseminate our findings and views through a regular flow of publications and public events.
- Complete independence to set its own research priorities and freedom from any outside influence.
- Quality research by an international staff of more than 30 people drawn from eighteen different countries.
- Formation of nine different research networks, comprising research institutes from throughout Europe and beyond, to complement and consolidate CEPS research expertise and to greatly extend its outreach.
- An extensive membership base of some 120 Corporate Members and 130 Institutional Members, which provide expertise and practical experience and act as a sounding board for CEPS policy proposals.
CEPS carries out its research via its own in-house research programmes and through collaborative research networks involving the active participation of other highly reputable institutes and specialists:
- Economic and Social Welfare Policies
- Energy and Climate Change
- EU Foreign Policy
- Financial Institutions and Markets
- Justice and Home Affairs
- Politics and Institutions
- Regulatory Affairs
- Agricultural and Rural Policy
CEPS’ funding comes from a wide variety of sources, which allows us to maintain our independence. In 2013, we have budgeted revenues of € 7.6 million. A portion of this amount is attributable to the EU contracts that CEPS coordinates and thus represents a flow of funds into and out of our accounts. We are an active partner in 16 different FP7 projects, the European Commission’s Framework Programme for research, four of which start in 2013. CEPS serves as the Coordinator for three ongoing projects: FACTOR MARKETS, MEDPRO and NEUJOBS. The distribution of income sources in the 2013 budget, as shown in the pie chart below, is in line with previous years. The lion’s share, 48% in the 2013 budget, comes from EU research contracts and tenders awarded to CEPS on a competitive basis by EU institutions, agencies and national governments. We budget 26% for membership fees from a wide variety of corporate and institutional sponsors (the lists of corporate and institutional members can be found on the inside back cover of this report and the opposing page). We expect to raise most of the remaining income from funds generated through projects: 20% from private organisations and 1.5% from foundations. An additional 4.5% of CEPS’ income is generated through the organisation of events. The breakdown of the 2013 budget does not include revenues earmarked for CEPS’ partners in externally-funded projects. Members of CEPS staff come from numerous countries, with 21 different nationalities currently working at CEPS, 16 of which are EU member states. The research staff is also highly qualified, with almost 60% having attained or in the process of completing a PhD degree. CEPS gratefully acknowledges financial support received from the EU in the form of an annual grant awarded under the European Citizenship Action Programme. The European Commission has designated a sum of € 145,871 for the 2012 grant.